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(Shaswat Koirala) Permanent link

I have been stuck here staring at the screen for about 5 minutes now. It seems that I have forgotten how to start a blog post. I guess this is what happens when you lose practice even if you've posted here more than 50 times. Let's begin with my re-introduction.

Hello everyone ! I am Shas, an alumnus of Montgomery College, and currently a first year Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) student at University of New England, Portland, ME. A few weeks ago Ms. Jane emailed me that she wanted me to post something as a guest and I said "yes" instantly. I love writing here. 

I arrived in Maryland the day before yesterday after the completion of my first semester of pharmacy school. That was a stressful experience, let me tell you! A lot depends on one's learning style, but for me it was a difficult transition from a 2 year school to a graduate level program. You basically go to school, come home, study for 3-4 hours and then sleep. I'm getting old. Unlike MC days, I can't pull all nighters anymore. I went with the flow, learned a lot of pharmacy stuff, lost my hair, gained 7 pounds, but at the end it was a very rewarding experience as I passed all 6 courses with decent grades. 

I miss Montgomery College, and how I wish I could be sitting in the cute little General Biology class again. The classes I took at MC feel easy right now, but they seemed really challenging when I took them two years ago. I think it's the way life is. Past challenges seem easier than your current challenges because you've excelled at them. Past challenges at MC were the seeds that are currently yielding fruits at pharmacy school. MC is like a family to me. I am friends with some of my professors on facebook. I share hugs with professors when I meet them. I have a lot of love for the college, and I'd definitely love to be able to contribute to MC some day. MC is about endless possibilities. I become happy when opportunities like these arise, and I get to write about my life again. Thanks Ms. Jane for this opportunity.

In the end, I'd like to say thank you for reading my blog. If you have any questions regarding University of New England (UNE), a career in health science (pharmacy), or anything you want to talk about, feel free to email me at

I wish you all a safe and happy holiday season.


Au Revoir !

(Shaswat Koirala) Permanent link

The time has come. This is my last post to my college blog. 

Don’t be confused; I’m not being sacked lol!

My time at Montgomery College has almost come to an end. I have one more month of summer classes and then I’m done.  It has been quite a journey and I have to say, being a part of Montgomery College is one of the best decisions I have made in my life. I have made some great friends and acquaintances with fellow raptors. I can proudly say that Montgomery College has excellent faculty, which strives for students' success. Regardless of the grades I received, I have a huge amount of respect for all the professors.

Being a part of Montgomery College blogging program has been a very rewarding experience for me as a student. It’s hard to believe I wrote 56 blog posts in 2 years. I thought I was done after the first year until Ms. Homan and Ms. Jane offered me to continue as a blogger for one more year, and I accepted the offer in the blink of an eye. Thank you Ms. Homan and Ms. Jane for having faith in me, and hence, giving me the privilege to become the longest serving college blogger till date. I may not have been as effective in the second year due to the scope-limited nature of college blogs, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being a part of it. Thank you readers for your support; I hope my posts were worth your time.

I'd like to wish all the bloggers, readers, professors, college and the community best of luck for the future. I owe a lot to the college and the community, and hopefully I’ll be back someday to serve my college.

I’d like to end this blog with my favorite quote by Martin Luther King Jr: "If I can help somebody as I pass along, if I can cheer somebody with a word or song, if I can show somebody he's traveling wrong, then my living will not be in vain." 

Ciao !



DC Chili Cook Off

(Shaswat Koirala) Permanent link

Hi everyone,

I hope you all are doing great. I finally started preparing for the finals. I had a lot of fun last week. I went to DC Chili Cook off, a charity music festival organized every year by DC101. As I am a fan of rock, I thoroughly enjoyed alt-rock bands: Soundgarden and AWOLNATION. Some people seemed annoyed by the fact that there was no chili at a Chili Cookoff, but music was pretty good, and that's all that mattered to me.

Check out two videos I recorded. The first one is "Sail" by Awolnation. You can see crowd surfing, shoes flying. The second one is a song called "Spoonman" by Soundgarden. I could only record a short clip before my phone ran out of battery.

Crowd Screening Technologies

(Shaswat Koirala) Permanent link

Hi everyone,

I hope you all are doing great. Today Physics Club of Germantown Campus organized a presentation on “Counter-Terrorism: Crowd Screening Technologies” by Mr. Carl V. Nelson, a retired Principal Staff Physicist at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Long story short: he gave us a brief explanation on multiple sensor system field experiments, data analysis techniques, oceanographic systems, ocean optical and electromagnetic modeling, sensor physics and instrumentation and computer-based data acquisition systems.

He basically introduced us to a reliable system, which can screen the crowd in an efficient manner. The most common metal detectors require people to walk through a small metal detection area one at a time, and this way it’s not possible to screen each and every spectator in a stadium with a capacity of 80,000. Hence, the system Mr. Nelson introduced uses a Wide-Area Metal Detection (WAMD) technology to screen large numbers of people for metal weapons.  WAMD system embedded in the floor pre-screens everyone entering the stadium and can easily locate suspects in a crowd, which would lead to an immediate investigation.

Check out a few pictures from the program






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