When I graduated from The College of William and Mary 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; William and Mary, 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 although I immensely enjoyed my past four years engaging and challenging myself in a classroom setting through my sociologically oriented coursework, I believe my moments of most profound growth were the opportunities outside the classroom. Various student organizations, volunteer opportunities, and internships allowed me to work hands-on with people of different backgrounds- therefore challenging me to see the world through a different lens. Therefore, I am excited to partner with the PULSE program as I will be able to serve with a non-profit that will help me invest in the city of Pittsburgh while also cultivating connections with equally passionate recent graduates. I am looking forward to living in an intentional community with other recent graduates oriented around a year of service, simplicity, and personal development. In partnering with a non-profit in Pittsburgh, I am eager to serve a population of vulnerable individuals. I also look forward to attending weekly workshops/ seminars that aim to help develop my leadership capabilities and therefore prepare me for my future in non-profit and advocacy work. My hope for the year is to use the opportunity of a year of service to orient my life around the values most important to me: compassion, human connections, and social justice. I hope that I am able to apply the skills I have developed throughout my undergraduate career: including qualitative and quantitative research skills, acting as an advocate for vulnerable groups, and critical problem solving aimed at addressing both large and small scale social problems.
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. Any amount, no matter how small or large will go a long way towards helping me meet this goal!