Chetan Mehta, a freshman at IU Bloomington, arrived on campus in August after traveling from Kathmandu, Nepal, where he survived last spring’s powerful earthquake that devastated the country. “I was sitting at my desk and all the sudden it stated to shake,” Mehta remembers. “The main earthquake came by, but the aftershocks that happened were terrifying because you never knew when they would come.”
Mehta, who was not injured in the quake, sprang into action afterwards by assisting others around him in need. “I tried to help people out,” Mehta said. “I went around in my car with supplies like water and noodles and food.” Mehta is no stranger to service, as evidenced by his high school transcript. He was deeply involved with the Dhading Project, an organization in which students plan and fundraise for development projects with primary schools in rural and underdeveloped areas of Nepal.
Mehta enrolled at IU Bloomington through the assistance of IU’s Office of International Services. After hearing about the earthquake, John Wilkerson, director of international admissions, connected with Mehta and his high school counselor to assist with his application and help mitigate challenges brought on by the quake. “He made my transition here really easy,” Mehta said.
Read more of Chetan Mehta's story in Inside IU Bloomington.