When I graduated from Washington and Jefferson College in May, I knew that this chapter of my life would be ending in a somewhat unsatisfactory way. The move to online education and missing the end of my senior year was difficult in many ways, but it has made me even more excited to begin the next step of my journey. While it will be difficult leaving the familiar; W&J, my home town, my close friends, and family, I decided to join the PULSE program in Pittsburgh, PA.
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 I wanted to really engage with the community. I’m looking forward to working with a nonprofit, living in the city, and truly falling in love with Pittsburgh. As well as working and living with other PULSE fellows, who will be in a similar situation to me, as recent graduates from their own colleges.
My hope for the year is to take this time to find out what is most important to me and get a grasp on what I want to do for my career. I don’t yet know what I’m aiming for, partly because I have spent so long focused on school and the next immediate task at hand. This year of service should give me the opportunity to look beyond what’s happening right now and try to imagine where I want to be in the future. I’m also hopeful that this experience will help me translate the skills I’ve learned at college from theoretical to practical. I think this time with PULSE will offer the time I need to find the right fit for myself, while simultaneously being of use to the community around 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. Thank you so much for your support!