For Xander Covert, becoming the documentarian for Prof. Walt Hakala’s winter trip to India was a bit of a happy accident. His Honors Colloquium TA recommended him to Prof. Hakala as someone who might be interested and could contribute to digital media surrounding the trip. A day after his TA told him about the opportunity, Xander found himself meeting with Walt and agreeing to go on the trip.
When Pemba Sherpa and Hemanta Adihikari began UB as freshman, they were already independent and ambitious students. But when they met, through the Educational Opportunity Program at UB, their surprise and joy at finding another person from their home country of Nepal jump started a communal journey that has culminated in an amazing project in their senior year.