Originally from Wyomissing, PA, Zeba Ahmed graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Japanese and Sociology in 2014. While at Pitt, Zeba was involved in the Asian Studies Center, Origami Club, and the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania. After graduation she moved to Sendai, Japan as aFulbright Fellow where she studied economics at Tohoku University. In Sendai, Zeba also volunteered with the UN World Conference and was active in the Tohoku University Art Club. She is serving at theNorthside Leadership Conference alongside Jackson Bush.
Kati Hupp: What do you enjoy most about your nonprofit partnership?
Zeba Ahmed: I feel like I am doing work that is needed and appreciated. Specifically, I work with vacant buildings on the Northside. It is a big problem that everyone cares about, especially in the areas where there has not been much investment. Neighbors and organizations have been very enthusiastic about the work.
Kati: Describe a typical day at your nonprofit partnership.
Zeba: I’ll start with some administrative tasks, checking and sending email. Then, I’ll spend some time researching resources related to vacant buildings and prepare responses for neighborhood concerns. In the evenings I typically go to neighborhood meetings.
Kati: Tell me something you are learning about yourself through PULSE.
Zeba: In living on the Northside and through self-exploration exercises, I have learned more about my weaknesses and how to address them.
Kati: What do you love about Pittsburgh?
Zeba: I love the sense of identity with the neighborhoods and the friendliness of the people.
Kati: What surprised you most about Pittsburgh?
Neil: When I moved to the Northside, I was really surprised by how much strangers are willing and open to talk. They have also been really helpful with explaining and navigating the bus system.
Story by PULSE Participant Kati Hupp.
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