Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) is the starting point for a life-changing educational experience for Aayush Timsina, a dynamic international graduate student from the beautiful country of Nepal. His interest in academia has brought him to Health Informatics, an area where he hopes to combine his love of public health with innovative analysis of data. Aayush came to SIUC with an undergraduate degree in Public Health and an eagerness to learn more about research, health policy, and data analytics. For Aayush, his time at SIUC is about more than simply his studies; it’s an exciting new chapter filled with possibilities for personal development and meaningful contribution. He hopes to create a community where people from all walks of life can come together and support one another while learning from and contributing to one another. He came to SIUC to immerse himself in a wide range of cultures, make lasting connections, and make an unforgettable impression on the global community, not just to get a degree. His hobbies includes playing soccer, volleyball, traveling and making new friends. GO SALUKIS!