When I graduated from Goshen College in April, I knew I was ending a chapter and beginning a new, exciting journey as a recent college graduate. While it is bittersweet leaving the familiar; Goshen, friends, and family, I decided to join the PULSE program in Pittsburgh, PA for the next year.
PULSE cultivates a community of young servant leaders to transform Pittsburgh. They invite recent, college graduates (like myself) to partner with local nonprofits for a year of service and leadership. I got excited about the PULSE program primarily for the things that distinguish it from other service opportunities I was considering. For example, I am highly anticipating the community structure the program offers: I will live in a house with other recent grads, but because there are 40 other participants there will be a cohort spread across Pittsburgh. I am excited to quickly connect in a community of recent college graduates to serve and explore the city. In addition to the community, I appreciate PULSE’s emphasis on leadership, with weekly seminars as well as mentoring opportunities.
There are many things I look forward to in the next year of service work. In terms of self-improvement, there are several aspects of my life in which I hope to grow: a deepening sense of purpose, discovering new gifts, strengthening my intrinsic motivation, organization, and improving my communication abilities, to name a few. Beyond myself, my main hopes are to make deep connections with other PULSE participants and Pittsburghers I meet, and have my service be useful and important. For too long I have struggled to stuff my head full of knowledge at the expense of applying it; I hope PULSE allows me to serve Pittsburgh residents in a supportive community of others who care. In addition, I also look forward to living in and exploring urban Pittsburgh, as well as running around on the Appalachian hills.
Part of my first task as a PULSE participant is to assemble a team of people who will support me in this work. I realize that I can’t do this work alone, that I need others to come alongside me and partner with me.
Would you please consider supporting me in this work? I am in the process of raising a minimum of $2500 to cover expenses for this year of service and leadership. Please help me reach my goal by donating if you can. This summer I am hiking 350 miles of the Colorado Trail, and to make fundraising interesting I’m asking for $10 per mile hiked. If you are interested in hearing more about my progress on the trail, I will occasionally text and email my location along the trail. As of today, 6/29 I've gone about 110 miles. Contact me at email@example.com to get more specifics during the adventure.
Thank you for your continued investment in my life and in the life of PULSE.
2018-19 PULSE PARTICIPANT