Gantulga “Tulga” Ganbaatar, 28, is from Mongolia. He recently completed his Master’s in Business Administration at Colorado Heights University in Denver and currently works as Administrative Coordinator at that university. This is his story:
I want to share my story with all the international students who are new to this country, because being new to this country and learning all the different customs, cultures, and adjusting to the life here can be emotionally difficult. I hope my story will help them slightly or perhaps inspire them. Then, I will feel satisfied.
I strongly believe that a family is the most important thing in the world. People should think very carefully before making any life altering decisions about family (getting married, or having children, for example). I also believe in karma. If you do something good in life, good things will happen to you.
I am happy with the choices that I made in the past. However, I would make different choices to alter certain events in my life if I could do it. For instance, I probably would earn my undergraduate degree in a different field, if I could have that opportunity.
My parents are the most important influence in my life. They sacrificed enormously, so their children could have a better future.
My parents raised me to be honest and ethical for everything that I did. I am trying to live my life to the fullest, so my parents can know that their sacrifices were not for nothing. I think my parents would be very happy and proud to see their children being happy and satisfied with their lives.
I tend to see everything as it is instead of being too optimistic or too pessimistic. And I care deeply about people and things that are important to me.
I am an environmentally and socially responsible citizen of the world, so I care for the environment and I try to reduce my carbon footprint as much as possible. In addition, I try to be conservative by not wasting things, at least not as much as some other people do.
My studies definitely broadened my horizon of knowledge about almost everything. Because of my education, I am more open-minded, I solve problems better, and I just try to live my life in a meaningful way.
Just like anyone else, I had days where everything went wrong. Because of my insights that I gained from my personal experiences, education and wisdom, I know that the situations usually will get better. Life is like a heart rate: it goes up, and then it goes down, and then goes up again. Positive thoughts and patience can be very powerful.