A current Master of Divinity candidate at Harvard Divinity School, Shrestha hails from the Bay Area, California. The daughter of Indian immigrants, she was raised in a multicultural and multifaith community and spent much of her childhood between two worlds, navigating her dual identities as Indian and American. She brings this creative tension and her passion for being of service to others to her work of providing spiritual care to students.
Before coming to Wellesley College, Shrestha graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in global health and journalistic writing. In college, her love of stories and growing consciousness of social inequality led her to leave her pre-med track and explore other routes to being a part of serving and healing the world. She ended up working at a mental health center, then on a farm, and then found herself in divinity school. She has been involved in racial justice work throughout the years and is particularly interested in that intersection between the "inner" spiritual life and the work of engaging in the sacred and beautiful mess that is community and the "outer" world. She is passionate about mental health, talking about gender, race, and sexuality, and working with folks to navigate issues of identity and faith. She loves hiking, writing, and her sweet pit bull mix Scout.
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I am excited to serve the Wellesley community as your Hindu Advisor and hope to be a listening ear and support for students, faculty, and staff as we journey through the year together. My college chaplain was an immense support to me when I was an undergrad, and I look forward to similarly being a part of student’s lives as they navigate the many seasons of college life. I love getting tea to chat about life’s ordinary and existential questions, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.