Meet Alexander “Alex” Gadegaard Shah, a first-year student at Fordham College at Rose Hill and an Olympian. This past summer, Shah represented Nepal in the 100-meter freestyle event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. He was among three Rams who participated in the summer games.

Shah is now a member of the men’s swimming and diving team at Fordham. On Oct. 22, he competed in his first Fordham swimming competition, where he placed first in the 50-yard freestyle race and third in the 100-yard freestyle race against Monmouth University. In this video, Shah talks about what it was like to participate in the Olympics and how he’s found a family at Fordham.


Taylor is a visual storytelling strategist in Fordham University's marketing and communications department, where she documents University life through photography and video. Since joining Fordham in 2018, she has served as a writer, photographer, videographer, and social media manager, dividing her time between University Marketing and Communications and the Office of the President. She earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from Stony Brook University's School of Communication and Journalism and her master's degree in public media from Fordham University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Her work has appeared on NPR, NBC New York, and amNewYork METRO.