I’m 21 years old and a freshman at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). I’m taking Japanese and I’m majoring in Computer Science. I was born in Philadelphia but now I live on campus at IUP. I’m energetic, charismatic, cheerful, kind, and intelligent.
When were you in PowerCorpsPHL?
I was in Cohort 3 and 4 on AJ Adam’s crew. I did dual service with the Philadelphia Youth Commission, I was the Youth Commissioner for District 8 with Cindy Bass. I organized community events & monthly meetings and attended many City events. I gave up the position when I came to IUP. I also left Cohort 4 two weeks early for school–and I had all my hours for Cohort 4!
I’m currently a freshman at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). Last semester I took a Korean Samulnori class. That’s a type of Korean drumming. We had a performance at the end of the semester, it was a lot of fun! I’m also taking Japanese. Before IUP, I used Rosetta Stone, read books, and watched videos to teach myself. There’s not a Japanese minor at IUP, but after you take 3 levels you receive a certificate. I have one class to go!
I was thinking about majoring in Biochemistry. I’ve always been interested in different sciences, especially Astronomy and Astrology. Right now my major is Computer Science, I think I’m nerdy enough to do it.
I had to transition to student life. I was used to working, so it was hard to get used to homework. It’s more time consuming than it used to be. I was pretty stressed out my first semester. I didn’t know a lot of people so I didn’t have a lot of distractions. My GPA first semester was 3.84! I meditate to deal with my stress. I’m allowing myself to have more fun this semester though. I’m not so much of a worry wort anymore, I’m more social now.
I go to the the library. I hang out with some friends, and go to the mall. I go out on weekends. I’m in the Japanese Student Association Club. We hold meetings, cultural events, and movie nights. We also welcome international students. I have a lot of fun at Japaso!
What motivates you?
My limit is infinity; I can do anything I want as long as I work for it. Also, I have people I look up to. And people who look up to me. I want to show them the ladder and how to climb it. I want to set people up for success.
I’m not sure I would be in college right now if it weren’t for PowerCorpsPHL. I would just have some job. The 6 month terms always making you think about what You want to do next. PowerCorpsPHL made me see myself as a stronger person. I would never think I would be outside shoveling snow or pulling vines in the sun. But I did it!
Now that you’re an alumni, what sort of involvement would you like to have with PowerCorpsPHL?
I would love to attend alumni events but my location doesn’t allow; I’m all the way in Indiana, PA. I like how they check-up every once and a while to see how things are going. It’s nice having people who are in my corner checking in on me.
I miss the supporting staff; I feel the people at PowerCorpsPHL genuinely care about my welfare and where I’m going–not only my crew leader.
I don’t miss waking up at 5am to get to a site. Also, there were so many guys and so few girls. I wish there were more female members.
What do you hope to do in the future?
I want to travel the world. I want to live in Japan and Germany. My grandfather is from Germany and I want to know his history. I want to work on software development. I want to start a family, but not in Philly or the U.S.
New Members: you get out what you put in. I got a lot out of PowerCorpsPHL and the Youth Commission; you definitely have to work for it though.
You may reach Karisma at firstname.lastname@example.org.