Samikshya graduated with her MPA in 2021. She received her undergraduate degree in Mathematics-Economics from Furman University, South Carolina. She gained research experience working as primary author and research assistant for two research papers during her undergraduate studies. During her time as an undergraduate, she also spent a semester in Edinburgh, Scotland. She also interned at Louis Berger in their Economics and Institutional Development department for their project “Sakchyam: Access to finance, Nepal”. She is interested in conducting policy analysis and program evaluation on contemporary policy issues in the field of international development, fiscal policies, and women’s empowerment.
Reflecting on her experience with START, Samikshya said, “START has been instrumental in my growth. I have learned so much about client management, time management, and communication. Working in a group with different disciplines has been a great resource. I have been exposed to so many different skills that have prepared me for my career that I would not have had just through my degree program.”