By five years old Nishtah had already traveled through most of the United States and also out of the country to India and parts of Europe.
As soon as her mother was done with medical school and having another baby (a younger sister) and her father received his PhD in neuroscience, they moved to Charlottesville Virginia. There her mom completed residency at University of Virginia while her dad babysat doctor’s kids and found that having a PhD in neuroscience was a very niche degree that did not hold many applicable job opportunities. During their last year in Charlottesville Nishtah completed the second grade with the most amazing teacher who really encouraged the class’s creativity in both art and writing. There, Nishtah found her passion for abstract art and writing poems.
Next up, the Sharma-Thomas family of four moved overseas to the U.S. Territory of Saipan. This pacific island is located south of Japan and east of the Philippines. They spent 3 amazing, hectic years becoming immersed in the soccer culture and helping to cultivate it. They created a club for the poorer kids on the island. Nishtah’s father applied for a grant that was able to provide these kids with free shin guards and for some, cleats.
Nishtah started the 6th grade in Oregon and had to go through a year of culture shock along with the terrors of middle school. She survived and ended up getting diagnosed with ADHD during her junior year of high school. This explained a lot and launched her down the painfully challenging journey of finding what the future held for her. She went to Wake Forest University in North Carolina on and off from 2016-2019. She took a gap year with Thinking Beyond Borders from 2017-2018. Come 2020 she finally learned how to succeed and what intrigues her enough to pursue as a career.
On June 16th in Abuquerque, New Mexico to Michael and Divya.
Younger Sister, Moving away
Little Eeshani is born and the family moves to Virginia.
The family moves again to the small, relatively unknown, island territory of Saipan.
One last move to Oregon where the rest of the growth and change experienced is personal and internal.