Some bad people (probably smelly people) will theorize that I've only chosen Nishant because the man just went out of his way to get me a MilkyWay Bar at Midnight. "To hell with you," I say to these men. "My love for chocolate has nothing to do with why I believe Nishant Mohanchandra is worthy of praise!"
A weak defense, you say?
Well, I present to you the following image:
Yeah, you feel pretty bad about your accusations now, don't you? As you can see above, Nishant is a man who wears glasses. When not staring down an eagle (though, granted, it was blinded) Nishant stares down lines of code in front of a computer screen. I'll spare you the detail of his love for the machine, as NYUAD Snapshots already elaborates greatly on that point.
Rather than that, as his roommate during our Summer in New York I'd like to address a side of Nishant his Snapshot doesn't comment much upon: his calm demeanor and pacifist conversation. Even when in the middle of typical Freshmen rage/whine-fests, he hesitates to pass any judgment without consideration, and even when he does, stays away from absolutes. Finding a person who Nishant actively hates or at least strongly dislikes is a feat for the patient, the persistent or the crazy.
This Summer, Nishant is applying his cool-headedness and code-masterfulness at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences' Computer Science Department working on an interactive experience for the Museum of Jewish Heritage using creating a data-structure to allow museums to display text messages from their visitors in real time. This structure will afterwards be implemented on other museums, not just in the US, but stretching as far as Vienna. This is a heavy job for a freshman, but, despite the occasional wall, Nishant has given it his best. Wouldn't you call someone who takes on this project mad?
“A computer terminal is not some clunky old television with a typewriter in front of it.
It is an interface where the mind and body can connect with the universe
and move bits of it about.”