Source: The Appalachian
Upholding religious traditions in college can be hard, but being one of only a few practicing the same religion makes it even tougher.
Smeeta A. Lavani practices Hinduism and has found fewer than a handful of other Hindus at Appalachian State University.
“I am from Raleigh where there is a huge Indian population. I had a culture back home,” Lavani, a junior psychology major, said.
Lavani said while there are no specific holy days in Hinduism, followers pray and attend temple everyday, if they can.
This presents a problem for Lavani, as the closest temple to Boone is in Charlotte.
Lavani usually only attends temple when she visits her family in Raleigh.