Lisa Arrastia answers 5 questions from the We Are Human campaign

This month, we reached out to Lisa Arrastia, founder of The Ed Factory, an organization using the art of social engagement to transform the educational process and challenge notions of difference. Lisa teaches in the Writing and Critical Inquiry program at University of Albany, State University of New York. 

When asked to answer PACH’s five “We Are Human” questions, Lisa responded with this video of her answering the questions with four students who intern at the The Ed Factory: Carissa, Rachel, Manhoor, and Kevon (left to right)

Read some excerpts from their answers below.

What is the best thing that ever happened to you?

“For me, it was when my daughter came into my life. It was so special I can’t even talk about it. To know that you have so much responsibility for another human being is a great gift, but it’s also really scary. And it comes with so many contradictions like sadness and happiness, but I never thought I could be connected to someone, not even my husband, like the level at which i’m connected to my daughter—I never thought I could love someone so painfully, deeply.”

Whom do you trust the most and why?

“I trust my partner the most. I’d say because, why wouldn’t I? We’ve had such a strong bond, we’ve been through so many roller coasters and I feel like when you learn to trust somebody, you learn to love, and I love him with all my heart. So, in that process is a floodgates for trust. I feel like I don’t have a reason to hide anything, I don’t have a reason to not share anything with, I trust him with my life.”

What do you fear the most in life and why?

“Failure, I think. I’m not sure what that exactly entails, just not living out my life the way I want it to go. What I have pictured, if that didn’t happen, I don’t know what I would do. I can’t even think about that.”

“I think mine is similar. I feel like my biggest fear is not living up to my own expectations. Because I’m my biggest critic and I feel like when I let myself down it’s more impactful than letting other people down because I hold myself to such a high standard.”