As a teen, Hasta became passionate about international issues. After first studying philosophy, Hasta went on to receive her bachelor of arts from Sarah Lawrence College with a concentration in economics and international development. Upon graduating, Hasta accepted a scholarship to attend the University of Chicago’s Committee on International Relations Master’s Program. She spent the latter part of her degree in Beijing and Shanghai writing her masters thesis and conducting research as a fellow of Fudan University. Hasta has received numerous grants and fellowships for her studies and research. She’s currently attending the IUP program at Tsinghua University in Beijing.