At East Georgia State College, students travel from near and far to obtain their education. However, one student at EGSC has traveled a lot further than some.
Narsee was born and raised in Johannesburg, the economic hub of Africa. He furthered his education at the University of Johannesburg by getting a diploma in food technology in 2005. He then went on to get his honors degree in food technology in 2011. After getting his diploma, Narsee began working for a food manufacturing company and, in 2015, made the move into corporate industry, working for YUM Restaurant International. He loved his work, but he’s always had a desire to study abroad.
“I thought to myself ‘things are good, but do I really want to do this the rest of my life?’” said Narsee. “I thought about it and I really didn’t know. Then I thought about always wanting to study abroad and work and what better place to come to than the United States?”
He first traveled to the United States in 2011. During that trip, he said he fell in love with the country and knew he wanted to come back. He decided to take a leap of faith and follow his dream of studying abroad. He sold his car, all his furniture and packed up the rest of his belongings and headed to Swainsboro, Ga. Narsee chose Swainsboro because he has family nearby that offer a great support system. When he chose a college, he said East Georgia State College felt like the correct choice.
“From the time I walked in East Georgia just four or five weeks ago, the generosity, the assistance, the warmth, the smiles, everything about the staff around here – it just makes you feel at home,” said Narsee.
He would like to graduate from EGSC and attend a larger university where he could get a master’s degree in either business or in the food industry. He hasn’t completely crossed off the list being an aspiring chef of his own restaurant, since food is a passion of his, but he is certain about one thing. He wants to give back to the community and EGSC because he has felt so welcomed. He wants to volunteer, not only at the college, but in the community as well.
“With technology these days I feel the world is getting smaller,” said Narsee. “I feel we as humans need to take advantage of travel and do as much as we can and see as much as we can. Life is changing so quickly.”
As for staying in the United States after getting his degree, Narsee said he would love to. He would like to live here and one day open his own restaurant. He would also like to be active with the EGSC Alumni Association.
We wish Sanjay Narsee and our other EGSC students a great academic year!