“I learned so much about navigating and helping others to navigate the challenges of being young and curious. These lessons help me everyday as I sit with students seeking meaning in their lives.“-Joey Glick ’11-’12 Alumnus
Joey Glick is a 2011-2012 PULSE alumnus. In this interview, we discuss the PULSE program, breaking bread, religious vocation, Pittsburgh and asking big questions with others in community.
What about the PULSE program was attractive to you?
After four years in Colorado, I was excited by the opportunity to return to my home of Pittsburgh. To my surprise, moving home didn’t feel like moving home. It felt like something much more exciting. Pittsburgh had changed dramatically in my time away. Young people were moving into older neighborhoods, gardens and farms were sprouting everywhere, and the arts were taking off. It was wonderful to get to know this new/old place.
What was the best part of your PULSE experience?
Breaking bread with my housemates was so important. Home cooked meals and kind conversation kept me grounded during the challenging transition from a small liberal arts campus to “the real world.”
How were you impacted by your PULSE experience?
PULSE cemented my religious vocation. I entered suspecting that the rabbinate and chaplaincy might be in my future. The experience of living deeply with people of faith made me certain that this was the work for me.
What kind of work do you do now?
I’m a chaplain, mostly working with Jewish students, at a small liberal arts college in New York.
How did PULSE prepare you for what you are doing now?
How have you stayed connected to PULSE?
During a recent cross country road trip, I had the pleasure of staying with a number of my housemates. I’ve also enjoyed going back to the Garfield house and seeing the amazing expansion of the farm and community gardening project.
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