Vienna, W.Va.—Chingmalsawm Sektak, better known as “Sawmi,” is native to Churachandpur, Manipur, India. Currently a sophomore at Ohio Valley University, Sawmi embodies the best that OVU has to offer and plans to use her psychology degree as a school or behavioral psychologist. She tells a compelling story of growing up in an orphanage in India before coming to America. Clearly, her experiences there drive her determination: “No matter where I go in life, I will always do what I can to help the children in my orphanage. I cannot stand to see children suffering.”
Sawmi is especially eager to tell the story of how she was invited to be a student at OVU by her sponsor, Bill Minsker. Bill and his wife, Mary Kay, are part of the OVU family as well as members of the Board of Directors. But to Sawmi they are much more than sponsors; they are her family, just as she has become theirs. Even as Sawmi rejoices in her great opportunity, she also expresses concern for others in her orphanage who are not able to enjoy this experience alongside her.
OVU Now is honored to highlight Sawmi Sektak, whose sweet and loving personality brings a spirit of life and hope to everyone she touches. What Sawmi sees as the core of her identity, a servant in training eager to reach out to the needy children of this world, is simply what Christ has called all of us to be. OVU is lucky to have a student like Sawmi and blessed to be part of her walk with Christ. All who know this remarkable young woman share in her prayer: “God willing, I hope to have my own family in the future, and I hope to have the opportunity to work in both the US and India.”
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Chartered in 1958, Ohio Valley University is a faith-based, residential, liberal arts college founded by members of the Church of Christ. Students of all faiths are accepted and encouraged to apply. The university offers a variety of baccalaureate and master’s degrees to students from 26 states and 25 nations. To learn more visit www.ovu.edu.