GARAI CARUTH

Founder @ Come Find Help
2018

What were you doing before you joined the Uprise program?

Before the nomad academy, I was an artist and tech activist. the founder of a new NYC nonprofit designed to use help the homeless of my city through community gardens, I applied to the nomad academy looking to acquire the skills I’d need to seamlessly bridge the many kinds of people needed to make this happen.

How has your career changed since graduating from Uprise Academy?

What the nomad academy taught me helped hone my passion for helping people through symbiotic systems into a UX Design career. I’ve since taken freelance UX positions with new businesses in Harlem in an effort to healthily integrate them into the community and lower the negative impact of gentrification.

What was the thing that surprised you most after joining Uprise Academy?

How calmly I handle situations now. I'm able to better prepare myself now for the role of entrepreneurship. I'm very much a self starter and before it would have been much more burdensome the failures that come with learning fast, but now I'm able to take them in my stride and fully understand they're all part of the right process.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about applying for the program?

Go in completely open. Expect everything, because everything will happen – you are there to meet people, to be out of your country for three months and learning something completely different with completely different people all ready to redefine their lives. You're there to meet thirty people and learn something new; and if you go in with a fully open mindset you will change for the better.