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I’ve learned that I’m more passionate about cycling advocacy than I thought I was, and I get in the zone when my passions and work align. PULSE has also strengthened my appreciation for community living. Sun or snow, Abe Stucky starts his days with a bike ride to work. However, his current commute is nothing...
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The PULSE participants make this year an exceptional one.  I think the people really are the best part of my experience here. My housemates especially have been a source of fun, laughter, adventure, and support. Chaska Yoder always finds herself involved in things she is passionate about.  Originally from Plain City, Ohio, Chaska is passionate...
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I imagined the Pittsburgh from the classic 80’s rom-com ‘Flashdance’; smokestacks and steel and hills. I was right about the hills, but this city has much more to offer than smokestacks. I think I found a real gem of a place to live right out of college.   Sarah Schneider loves writing. Sarah spent her undergraduate...
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I love the physical nature of [working outside at the farm] and all of the practical skills I am gaining. The Food Policy Council has opened my eyes to broader perspectives and issues surrounding food. Now I not only enjoy eating food, I am interested in learning more about who has access, where my food is...
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“Through my placement, I have learned how much I really enjoy the personal interactions and connections of meeting with community members. I always knew it was important, but as an introverted individual I honestly would not have expected myself to enjoy it as much as I did. I feel I’ve developed a lot as a...
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  Before PULSE, I worked mostly manual labor jobs … At TRWIB, I work on the 26th floor of a building downtown, I’m expected to look sharp for work every day, and I get to collaborate with international consulting agencies, as well as the office of the mayor. It’s a far cry from jack-hammering concrete....
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  I’ve discovered that I like being in situations where I have a responsibility to get to know people and can contribute to making them feel comfortable and valued where they are. In my placement at Green Building Alliance – and, occasionally, when I’m involved in PULSE recruitment activities – I enjoy opportunities to make...
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While many Pittsburghers settle into their office routine each morning, Philip Yoder is getting ready to head outside to check on the trails. His service placement with Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience (PULSE) is with Friends of the Riverfront, where he makes sure the trails you walk on are looking good and well-kept. Friends of...
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The intentional community aspect of PULSE has inspired me to always be mindful about the personalities and needs of people I’m living with. I don’t want those relationships to be shallow. I think it’s important to know the people you’re living with, care about them deeply, and be attentive to times they need some extra...
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“My favorite part of the PULSE experience has been getting to know new people. You learn about people much faster living in a tightly-knit community. Even though it has only been 8 months, I feel as if I have known this years PULSERs for years.” Jonathan Luginbill grew up and went to college in Bluffton,...
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