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Senior Navjot Singh Embraces Change at UMN Crookston

By Cassandra Morthera on
Monday, March 11, 2019

From the hustle and bustle of India to the serene Crookston surrounding, Navjot Singh, University of Minnesota Crookston senior majoring in software engineering, has traveled across the world to find himself. At times, life has creative ways of taking people on certain paths. This was the case for Singh. When he started his bachelor’s degree in India, he did not plan on coming to the United States until he finished and applied to graduate school. Nonetheless, a longtime family friend’s uncle, Ranjit Riar, who also happened to be lecturer at UMN Crookston at the time, encouraged him to come to Crookston. And so, Singh took a chance.

There were several features which ensured Singh that UMN Crookston was the place to be. The university motto “Small Campus. Big Degree” was one of the factors, as well as finding a degree as specific as software engineering on a small campus. With this, Singh took all of the courage he had, and transferred to UMN Crookston in January 2017. Navjot Singh

Before coming to Crookston, Singh had never been out of his country, or even his home state. Upon his arrival, the weather hit him, quite literally, like a breath of cold, fresh air. His new home was completely different to what he had known his entire life. 

The beginning of his university experience in the United States was hard, and it took time for Singh to adjust. At first, he kept busy with school work and tried to focus his attention on progressing and going forward. Moreover, he found comfort in the people around him.

“The people here made me feel very welcome and I never felt different,” Singh explains.

Singh not only had the courage to move across the world to embrace a new adventure, he also grew, and continues to grow as a person.

As Singh mentioned, “I am much more involved in on-campus activities here than I ever was back home.” Throughout his years here, Singh has been club president of the Multicultural International Club, a member of the fees team, a presenter in an international dinner, and a cast member in various plays. Among this myriad of activities he has found certain things he is truly passionate about, such as acting.

“I feel like have developed my personality here,” says Singh while recalling how shy he used to be back in India. Singh feels as though he has come out of his shell. The UMN Crookston has helped him in more ways than one. Here he has been exposed to part-time student work for the first time, team building skills, leadership skills, working with groups, and has been presented with the opportunity to spread the word about his culture and background.

In the future, Singh hopes to work somewhere where he can manage computer data, or work with data bases. He also hopes to attend graduate school sometime in the near future. For now, he is enjoying his last months at UMN Crookston, the place that gave him the audacity and boost to grow.

About UMN Crookston

One of five campuses that comprise the University of Minnesota System, the University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 35 bachelor's degree programs and 25 minors on campus as well as 16 degree programs entirely online. These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology. With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree. Visit

 About UMN

The University of Minnesota System, with campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester, and the Twin Cities, is driven by a singular vision of excellence. We are proud of our land-grant mission of world-class education, groundbreaking research, and community-engaged outreach, and we are unified in our drive to serve Minnesota.


Cassandra Morthera

University Relations