“I’ve really enjoyed living with my roommates in Stanton House. When the majority of my house left for Thanksgiving break it only took a day for me to realize how much I already missed them! .” – Nishita John
Nishita John, originally of Freeport, Illinois, graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in International Studies and Human Rights. Nishita was a board member of the Human Rights Student Collective, where she helped plan Refugee Relief Month and organized a reusable feminine hygiene product initiative that was then sent to Europe. As well as serving time as a member of Amnesty International- Iowa Chapter and Students for Human Rights, she also has experience in leadership, including her position as board member for the Indian Student Alliance and a cultural committee member for the her school’s Campus Activities Board. Nishita enjoys watching foreign films, reading, and dancing. She is serving at Mount Ararat Community Activity Center.
Corinne Hendrock: What have you enjoyed most about living in community?
Nishita John: I’ve really enjoyed living with my roommates in Stanton House. When the majority of my house left for Thanksgiving break it only took a day for me to realize how much I already missed them! My favorite part of the day is definitely our family dinners, the food is always amazing and it’s always a good time.
Corinne: How has PULSE inspired you to think/act/live differently?
Nishita: The PULSE experience has inspired me in a number of aspects. I’ve never lived with so many people before, especially strangers, so naturally I was very apprehensive before starting the program. People tend to live with friends so coming in with no prior relationships was nerve-racking. Fortunately, I’ve been happily surprised that we get along so well. I love bonding with my housemates over things like crafting, gamecube games, and movie marathons. I’ve never cooked this much before and while I’ve always liked it now I love cooking and trying new recipes!
Corinne: What is the most interesting/fun adventure you’ve had in Pittsburgh so far?
Nishita: I can’t choose! There was the night at the Carnegie Natural History Museum in October, the Pitt-Yale Men’s Basketball game, thrift shopping with my roomates, a PSL Event at Dave and Busters or whenever we go see Dave perform Slam Poetry.
Corinne: Describe a typical day at your nonprofit partnership.
Nishita: My tasks vary from day to day at my nonprofit partnership, Mt. Ararat Community Activity Center. I’m always doing something different project wise, whether it’s research, grants or administrative work. I like that it’s a variety of tasks and that I’m constantly learning new skills.
Corinne: What’s your favorite “family meal” recipe for the house?
Nishita: Damilola makes awesome pot pie, Chris just made amazing pho and Dave makes the best fried chicken and pasta. We haven’t had the same meal twice – we like to experiment. I like that we mix it up especially since we’re on a budget, and we’re always trying new dishes, too.
Story by PULSE Participant Corinne Hendrock.
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