Nishita Barua

Wakefield High School

Class of 2017

What extracurricular activities and hobbies do you enjoy?

Dance is one the parts of my life that I've found to be completely peaceful, gymnastics naturally followed into the cycle as I started advancing and though that I started cheering. 8th grade, I was advised to try out for a high school sport at Wakefield so I tried out for the volleyball team, spurring a newly found love of volleyball, which I now more so enjoy during the summer thanks to the sand. I don't know it happened but freshman year all my friends were rowing, and I didn't realize what a challenging activity it was. After constantly poking fun at the sport It was time to eat my words. Crew was one of the hardest thing's I've ever done, but also came to love.Everyone asks how I juggle all these sports, along with all the clubs at my school, I simply say; " I don't know, I just do It." Now all this started late middle school, though out high school, it was like everything I tried I liked; but before that I never really did much. I think the one thing that I Like to do now that I've loved since I was little is painting. blending everything together to make something out of nothing. 

If you could have dinner with anyone from history, who would you pick? Why?

Marilyn Monroe. She's my idol. I want to learn her disposition from her. She's an inspiration to me not because of what she did, but what she stood for. Taking such great risks and becoming the most photographed, the most famous, and the most misunderstood Hollywood actress of all time, but her voice and thoughts were lost in the controversy and mania that surrounded her career.

What has been your proudest moment?

Winning 1st place in the in class business plan competition for my entrepreneurship class, with my cosmetic line. I started my own company and won the competition, and it was the first I've ever won anything completely on my own. It's given me many new opportunities. 

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Fly a helicopter. The closest thing I can think of to actually flying. 

What would be the title of your autobiography?

"The Real Life of First Generation"

Both my parents immigrated to America, 25 years ago, I was born in america, thus being a first generation immigrant, growing up with 2 sides, and 2 cultures.

Why are you committing to the Inspired Year?

For as long as I can remember I've always said that there are a lot of changes that need to made in the world, and I knew that I wanted to be one to make that change. What I've yet to say is how I want to do so. I think this program is going to allow me to be a part of one of the first steps to implement change in NOVA.

What does civic engagement mean to you?

People coming together regardless of background to unite and address issues of society collectively, to gain perspective, and create unique ideas to hold a bigger impact on the world today.  

What's your favorite thing about Virginia?

Virginia is for lovers. Food lovers, mountain lovers, beach lovers, for those who live a passionate lifestyle. I'm not someone too big on nature. I hate camping. But I love it here in Virginia. I'm close to the city, and live in a place thriving with culture and diversity. My favorite thing about Virginia is that it's full of opportunity. 

Where would you like to see Virginia in 20 years?

I would like to see more acceptance within the diversity that is already in Virginia, including the LGBTQ community on a personal stand point. although laws have already been passed, Personally I'd like to see more compliance, so that Virginia can truly be for lovers.

If you could tell Governor McAuliffe one thing, what would you tell him?

I think you are doing a wonderful job building a new economy for Virginia. I love all the work you are doing for military families, new tax regulations, and Medicaid expansion. Keep doing what you're doing.

Is there anything else you would like people to know about you?