Prateek Samal is a sophomore international student from a small village in the state of Odisha, India. He is a Business Administration major with a concentration in International Business and a minor in Global Studies. He has been involved in the United Nations club, Marist College Computer Society, Marist College Game Society, Marist Toastmasters, the Chess Club, and the Radio Club. As the son of two diplomats, he has lived in various countries around the world.
What is something that moving around has been able to teach you?
The main thing that being an international nomad has taught me is that the world truly holds an endless amount of adventures for anyone looking for them. In this day and age, it seems truly ludicrous to not leave one’s country even once throughout their lifetime. I’ve learned that every country holds something that is unique to their own region, and the only way you can learn about it, is by traveling and experiencing it first-hand. I’ve been very fortunate to be able to travel to so many countries, but I still plan to visit the countries I haven’t seen yet because I want to see what they have in store for me.
Which languages can you speak?
I speak four languages: English, Spanish, Hindi, and Odia, my state language. I also used to speak German and Polish, but unfortunately, I’ve lost the ability to speak these languages proficiently.
What do you love the most about Marist?
I love the scenery. It’s clear that Marist takes incredible steps to ensure the maintenance of the large area of the campus. I especially love the Hudson River and its proximity to the campus. I regularly find myself taking walks along the river just to clear my mind. Very few colleges could provide me with the same facilities such as Marist College.
Written by Adriana Belmonte '17
Profile Tags:Profile Type: Class of 2019
Major: Business Administration
Academic School: Management
Campus: New York