Anish Kumar Sah seeks opportunities to learn and grow at Washburn

Anish Kumar Sah is a junior nursing major. He is an experienced member of the Student Health Center and serves as a presidential ambassador for the International House. (courtesy of Anish Kumar Sah)

As a student, Anish Kumar Sah constantly seeks new opportunities to learn and grow. He is currently in his junior year of nursing and is a class representative.

Sah strives to acquire a wide range of skills and experiences throughout his academic career, all while pursuing a passion to advance in the medical field. His willingness to progress in the medical domain stems from his unpleasant experiences in the medical field.

“The place I come from had really poor health services. We don’t have access to a lot of things. I have lost some of my closest people due to the negligence that exists within the medical field,” Sah said. “So, I want to make sure that the people get the best treatments and make sure to try my best to help them.”

Despite his diverse interests, Sah strives to balance academic and extracurricular commitments. He is well-known for his strong work ethics, something he carries with him as both a presidential ambassador for the International House and as a nursing student.

“He does a lot of campus activities and he is really a positive role model for people. He is really hard working and thoughtful of other people, and super intelligent,” said Ellynor George, sophomore in secondary math.

Sah’s passion in his academics and extracurriculars had long existed before coming to Washburn.

“I was able to enroll in one of the most prestigious high schools in Nepal with a scholarship and got the chance to be the coordinator and conduct a national level event for the math club called ‘Sodalitas de’ Mathematica,” Sah said.

Sah faced numerous challenges despite his perseverance and dedication, such as being forced to stay in Nepal during the pandemic and take online classes for his first semester at Washburn. He eventually discovered his own learning style to help him thrive when he first came to Washburn’s campus as a student in a foreign country.

“I tend to give myself enough time to study. You are going to spend most of the time by yourself, for yourself,” Sah said. “I spend two or three times more hours than the credit hours of the course in a week and focus mainly on the subjects that are super hard.”

“Anish and I had a few classes together and he used to sit in the front desk of the class so that he could ask questions to the instructors,” George said.

While his academics are a priority, extracurriculars and work are also a big part of his life. When he’s not studying or practicing martial arts, he serves both as a student nurse at Washburn’s Student Health Services, a math tutor and peer educator. Moreover, he has a strong passion for collecting old coins from the 1800s, 1900s, and 2000s.

Besides his peculiar hobby, Sah has even more distinctive ambition. He strives to expand his field of knowledge even more after graduating from Washburn.

Sah intends to work for two years as a nurse to get some experience and then go to med school to be a neurosurgeon after graduating from Washburn School of Nursing school. He intends to pursue a medical career so that he can help individuals get better healthcare so that nobody else is faced with what he did.

Edited by Glorianna Noland and Simran Shrestha