Suravi Shrestha, Consultant with Ernst and Young, LLP

Name: Suravi Shrestha

Hometown: Kathmandu, Nepal

Current City: Chicago, IL

Graduation Year: 2015

Major: Environmental Science

What other degrees have you earned?

Master’s in Atmospheric Sciences from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

In terms of your professional life, what would you say is your overarching purpose today?

My overarching purpose has always been to strive for the best possible opportunities and contribute in helping the society towards a more sustainable future.

How did your time at Westminster help you find your purpose?

The professors at Westminster are extremely encouraging and supportive, which helped me in my career. Any time I needed someone for advice, for letters of recommendation or to proofread my essays, my professors always were there for me.

What does being a “leader” mean to you?

Being a leader can have different definitions. For me, a leader is someone who is approachable and believes in helping society move toward a positive direction.

What does success mean to you?

Success is giving your best despite the odds life throws at you.

What is it about Westminster that makes it the kind of community that empowers students to discover their purpose and find success?

The professors at Westminster are what makes it a wonderful and thriving community. The professors are very encouraging and caring toward their students. They really invest themselves to empower students to discover their interests and capabilities.

Do you recommend Westminster to prospective college students?

Yes, I would recommend Westminster to prospective college students. At Westminster, you learn to value hard work, friendships and giving back to the community. The only advice I would give to prospective students is that you must always reach out for opportunities — opportunities are not going to come after you!

Favorite Westminster faculty members?

Dr. Alan Goldin, Dr. David Schmidt and Dr. Heidi Levine

Favorite spot on campus?


Last book you read?

I’m currently reading Becoming by Michelle Obama.

Favorite TV show(s)?

The Office, Stranger Things, Friends

Favorite app?

Google Maps (haha)

Favorite way to spend a Sunday?

Eating brunch!

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Sarah Rummel Backer

Sarah Rummel Backer is the Director of Media Relations and Senior Writer at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. A proud Westminster graduate, Sarah has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and strategic communications in the areas of higher education, medicine, agriculture, and the private business sector.