Alumni Of The Month

Alumni of the Month

Hello friends, This is such a fun platform! Unlike Ben Barasa, who was pitched to write something interesting about his life path, I was pitched to share enthusiasm. Without hesitation, I agreed. With that, I think I showed the enthusiasm 😀

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Aha! So, you clicked to check if I really closed the post without even introducing myself! How could I? As I wrote earlier, it is a fun platform – no agenda and no framework.

And it’s refreshing to share thoughts away from the structured grind of the corporate world! My name is Samip, and I am from Nepal. I graduated from Jacobs in 2014 with a master’s degree in ILME. I’ll spare you from my professional journey, but I’ll share a personal endeavor, which I am very enthusiastic about.

Do you have a place that feels like a sanctuary, somewhere you can go whenever you feel low and beaten down or when you simply want to reset? For me, that place is the mountains. Now I’m reminded of the clip from the Lord of the Rings where Bilbo Baggins says, “I want to see mountains again, Gandalf, mountains.” I love hiking, particularly multi-days. The rhythmic process of walking for long periods feels meditative and is a great way to decouple from the digital world. I first experienced proper hiking when I was 9 years old. It was a day walk, at least how the idea was sold to me, to reach the village where my grandmother was living back then. We hiked for 14 hours that day. It was no fun. The following morning my feet were trembling, and I couldn’t even stand. Naturally, I never picked up hiking as a hobby.

It was only once I came to Germany that I learned that walking in the mountains can be a hobby and not just limited to the only way to reach a place.

A few friends that I met at Jacobs asked me questions on visiting Nepal to explore the Himalayas. I took the question and devised a plan. The picture you see is with one of my friends with whom we went to Annapurna Base Camp in 2016.

I enjoyed the experience, and I started seeing hiking as a sport for both body and mind. Since then, I have done many hiking tours in the Himalayas. Now, I look forward to hiking tours, and living in Munich, I am close to the mountains. Recently, I turned my hobby into a professional pursuit. I observed a challenge to plan hiking tours, particularly to the Himalayas. And to address that, I created a tool that helps you do just that – plan your next hiking tour. I called it Laliguras. We are just getting started, and I’d welcome any support, suggestions, and feedback from you guys. Thank you for reading this far; you’ve made it. If you are ever in Munich, give me a ring, let’s catch up over a Bier 😊


Go and connect with Samip on LinkedIn

By Alena Di Primio

I attended Jacobs from 2013 - 2016 and left with a Bachelors Degree Majoring in Biotech. I continued in the same field with a Master (2016 - 2018) and PhD (2018 - 2023) in Marine Microbiology.

I took over the position of PR and Communications in Sept 2022 and am always happy to hear from you :)