Gettysburg College senior combines studies and service for unique experience
For Sneha Shrestha '10, her passion for public service and the arts have been a key component to her liberal arts experience. But it has been her experiences inside and outside of the classroom that have had a big impact on her.
"Gettysburg has given me the chance to explore my diverse interests," said Shrestha, a senior dual majoring in globalization studies and studio art.
After her first year at Gettysburg, Shrestha was one of 11 students chosen to be a part of the Center for Public Service's Heston Summer Program, where she completed an internship for the Adams County Literary Council. She then received a Mellon Grant after her sophomore year to study poverty, gender, and international conservation research in her native country of Nepal.
This past summer, Shrestha and a fellow student received a $10,000 Projects for Peace grant that allowed them to implement a reading and reflection project in Nepal. The two established a sustainable library for Pacha Kanya Secondary School in Kathmandu and facilitated a children's book writing workshop.
Shrestha focused her globalization studies major on Southeast Asia. She spent the Fall 2009 semester in Bali, Indonesia, and her time abroad inspired her senior art project. Her piece is on display through May 16 in Schmucker Art Gallery along with 12 other Gettysburg College seniors majoring in studio art. She created this video to promote her painting and will play on a screen next to her piece.
"Most of the people in Bali believe in Hinduism and they believe there is both good and evil in people and that you balance both," Shrestha said.
The painting represents Hinduism ideology, the two colors - blue and yellow - represent good and evil and the varying sized black squares represent people who choose to confine themselves into certain beliefs. Her piece is different form other artwork because it is intended for physical exploration. Observers can walk around on the work and discover it from a new perspective. The idea to enlarge her piece was motivated by her observation of the Mona Lisa.
"When I visited the Mona Lisa in the Louvre, we could not see it up close because we had to stand behind a rope. I wanted to make art more down to earth, even if that literally meant making art more down to earth," Shrestha said.
By: Lawrese Brown, Class of 2010
Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.
Posted: Tue, 4 May 2010
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