When I graduated from Carleton College in June, I knew that I was closing a chapter - the chapter dedicated to my college life in my soon-to-be-written autobiography. As I left Northfield, soaking wet from walking across campus in pouring rain, I thought of the future: of the almost three months I'll spend with family (the longest I'll have been home since the summer of 2015). Though I struggled with the thought of leaving the familiar yet again, I knew that I had a fun, challenging, exciting year ahead of me as I join the PULSE program in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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 am so excited to begin the PULSE program in August. After living in cities far from home the past two summers, I know how difficult it can be to find a sense of community in a new place; I’m glad I will not begin this year of adulthood alone, because PULSE participants live together and create an “intentional community.” Additionally, one of my long-term goals is to find a career in which I find a sense of fulfillment and not just financial gratification – I want to do work that matters. Serving with a nonprofit will give me the opportunity to explore such a career.
I joined PULSE for other reasons, as well. I’m so excited to explore Pittsburgh. I’ve made it a goal to visit or live in interesting cities (I’ve crossed off New York, Miami, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles), so I’m excited to both engage with the Pittsburgh community and continue learning, though thankfully outside of the classroom this time around. I hope that, in this upcoming year, I will find spaces to explore not only my interests, but others’ interests as well without the time constraints that come with college life. I also hope that I really stick with the blog that I’ve created to write about this year, which I hope will encourage people to ask questions and interact with me in some way.
I realize that I can’t achieve these goals alone or do this work alone, that I need others to partner with me – especially as I spend yet another year away from home. One of my first tasks as a PULSE participant then is to assemble a team of people who will support me in this work.
Would you please consider supporting me in this work? The money that goes towards this $2500 covers expenses for this year of service and leadership. Your support will help impact the lives of Pittsburgh’s most vulnerable.
Thank you for your support and I look forward to keeping in touch with you!