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Nurse in Nepal, student in Vail

Wren Wertin
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Her name means creation, but Sirjana Pun is a master of re-creation. Two years ago her life path was set. A nursing student in Nepal, she was working in the field of her choice. Then her parents decided to move to the U.S., and she became a high school student once again with a whole new world to navigate.

“That was my mom and dad’s choice, for better opportunities,” Pun said. “I miss Nepal, but I get to know lots of new things. And I think I’m more independent now. In Nepal I was dependent on my mom and dad. But here I have to do everything myself. And I can.”

She still keeps in touch with her Nepalese friends, as proven by her long-distance phone bill. She misses the food, too. It’s hard to find all the traditional Nepalese ingredients, so she’s had a crash course in American cuisine. The ubiquitous sandwiches and salads were foreign to the student.

“The first time I ordered a quesadilla I called it a kwaysadila,” she said. “My friends all laughed.

Despite re-entering high school (a shock to anyone’s system), Pun is pleased she’s had the opportunity to experience the U.S. After a fairly quiet beginning, Pun has spent a chatty year making new friends and learning how to snowboard. “I never saw snow before,” she said. “I think the snow is really nice. And the people here are really nice.”

Plus, she’s kept up with her nursing studies here.

“Every single thing is different, but the concept is the same,” she said about medical practices in the U.S and Nepal. “The terms are similar, but how they do things is different. It’s easy as long as I follow the rules.”

From how to treat nails to the type of equipment, everything seems different.

Though Pun seems matter-of-fact about her chosen profession ” blood doesn’t bother her a bit ” she’s got an empathetic side that will serve her well. Despite being easy around frailty, she hates receiving shots. In fact, they bring her to tears.

“I can do it on others,” she said. “But I know how they’re feeling, so I think it makes me better. Nicer.”


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