Yohaan Varghese, a junior business and chemistry double major from India, enjoys listening to melodious music, such as John Mayer and The Script, and loves “A Tale of Two Cities,” by Charles Dickens.He has a deep appreciation for sustainability, a view he credits to Goshen’s environmentally friendly practices, which made him aware of the power of small communities to change the world. The variety of opportunities on campus was also a plus, giving him a chance to learn about different cultures, Mennonites and America in general. Meet more Goshen students and read their stories.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE GOSHEN?
“Goshen, in my opinion, was not only a college where I could learn and experience more but it was also a place where I could take part in things that are bigger than my major, like sustainability, environmental issues and ultimately how we can use everything we learn to benefit everybody around us.”
HOW HAVE YOUR VIEWS CHANGED?
“All of these sustainable, energy-saving and environmentally friendly efforts on campus, like the biodiesel plant, the solar heater plant, the composting project and the fact that Goshen College buys all of its energy from renewable energy sources, have definitely broadened my view on how a small community like Goshen can make a global impact.”
WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO DO WITH YOUR DEGREE?
“I plan to graduate with an accounting and business degree and work in the U.S. for some time in order to gain a better understanding of administrative and business systems. Eventually, I hope to take everything I learn about sustainability and good business and administrative practices back home to India and implement it in some way to benefit India.”
WHAT DO YOU APPRECIATE ABOUT GOSHEN?
“It is amazing to see how much people care and look out for each other. The amount of cultures represented on campus is truly amazing and it is also wonderful to see all the opportunities that the college has made for the Goshen community to learn more about these cultures. I think the best characteristic about Goshen’s community is how it plays a key role in helping students succeed with so many opportunities.“