When I graduated from Eastern Mennonite University in May, I knew I was ending a chapter and beginning a new journey as a recent college graduate. While it was difficult leaving the familiar; EMU, friends, and family, I decided to join the PULSE program in Pittsburgh, PA. I will be serving as a Strategy Team PULSE Fellow at Partner4Work, which is a workforce development organization.
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 because of the program’s focus in serving the community through a non-profit organization and living in an intentional community with other recent grads like myself.
I am looking forward to immerse myself into a new city with new friends to learn and serve each other and the community together. I am excited for this rich experience with PULSE for it can bring various hands-on experiences for me to learn and grow as a young adult and become a well-rounded person as I continue to work in human services.
My hope for the year is to build genuine connections with other fellows so that we can all learn from each other and work towards the same goal in building our new community in Pittsburgh. I also hope to discover a specific field of work that I am thoroughly interested in as I serve alongside a non-profit organization. I joined PULSE because of its unique combination of three philosophies on service, intentional community living, and growth. These core values resonate with me because they have impacted my personal experience of living and studying in the United States in the past four years. I have encountered some challenges in serving others and living intentionally in the community, however, I have also seen a tremendous amount of personal growth that came along with these challenges. I want to continue to cultivate these values in my personal and professional life and my time with PULSE will definitely provide new experiences for me to do so.
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. Your support will help impact the lives of Pittsburgh’s most vulnerable.