Karisma Green Alumni Highlight

February 2016

Tell me a little about yourself.

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!

What are you up to now?

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.

What about in your free time?

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.

How did your time with PowerCorpsPHL impact you?

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.

What do you miss about PowerCorpsPHL? What don’t you miss?

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.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

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 karismagreen4@gmail.com.

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