Name: Usha Kistangari
Location: New Brunswick, NJ
Position: Human Resources Intern

Fundraising Goal: $500

How did you get interested in global issues? I was raised in an immigrant household, and I was born in a foreign land myself. When you come from that kind of background, you gain first-hand knowledge of certain global issues, such as poverty.

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor? By helping the world’s poor, I’m helping the future generations and the culture that will shape them. Too many people remain focused on themselves instead of looking at the bigger picture. Helping to improve the lives of others will not only help to improve our lives, but also the lives that will come to be our descendants.

Any interesting tidbits to share?

  1. I take late night walks,  and I hope I get abducted by aliens. I’m not even kidding. Wouldn’t you want to know what would happen?
  2. I love dinosaurs to death. Jurassic Park, anyone?
  3. I’ve been to over 30 states in the U.S. and am fairly well traveled.
  4. I once joked to my father about how I should get my appendix removed, so I didn’t have to worry about getting appendicitis. He told me not to joke about things like that, right? A week later, I ended up going to the ER on Valentine’s Day for appendicitis. I clearly shouldn’t make jokes. Ever.

My compassion/humility list:
I will do the following for any friends or family who donates in my honor…

  1. $75: I will make a home cooked south Indian meal and give you an entire homemade tres leches cake for dessert.
  2. $100: I will wear a T-rex costume, take a video of me dancing/running/embarrassing myself to the theme song of jurassic park in a playground, and I will upload the video on all of my social video accounts.
  3. $250: You must love me a lot. If you give me this much, I promise to give you a ride when I finally get abducted by aliens. I’m going through the prerequisites right now, as I’m typing this.

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