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Soup & Hope speaker series inspires with stories of perseverance

Subash Bhandari offers his Soup & Hope lecture.
Subash Bhandari offers his Soup & Hope lecture (Paul Newman/Cornell University)

By Laura Gallup, Student and Campus Life

Celebrating its 17th year at Cornell, the 2024 Soup & Hope speaker series returned to Sage Chapel with stories of great struggles and great accomplishments, including one from Subash Bhandari, a doctoral student in biomedical engineering. 

“I was born in a house without electricity and now I’m working with lasers and light microscopes to look at immune cells for my research,” said Bhandari, who emigrated to the U.S. eight years ago from rural Nepal with only enough money for one year of college. 

“I flew to America with a leap of faith,” said Bhandari, whose story detailed how he figured out ways to pay for the other three years of his undergraduate education at Wichita State University. “Deep down within, I was hopeful that something positive would come out of that experience and that decision. I had never trusted myself any more than that.”

Read full story on the Cornell Chronicle