“We are problem solvers, we are fighters, and we find innovative ways to succeed. Don’t lose this grit! However, in order to be effective leaders for the 21st century, we also need compassion. In an era of national and international divide, we must extend more compassion to one another and recognize the interdependence and commonality to heal, collaborate, and advance.”Tenzin Dawa Thargay ’18speaking at the 2018 undergraduate commencement
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As the first-generation child of a Tibetan refugee family, Thargay brought an international perspective to his commencement remarks. He graduated with a dual major in Chinese and political science and is spending the summer interning with the Office of China Affairs in the Office of the United States Trade Representative in Washington, D.C. He will then travel to Seoul, South Korea, as a Fulbright scholar to conduct research on energy security with the Center for Energy Governance and Security at Hanyang University.
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