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“One of the best parts of the PULSE experience is sharing food and good conversations within the intentional community.” – Providence Smith     Providence Smith is a relationship builder.  Originally from Washington DC, Providence moved to Pennsylvania to attend Messiah College, where she majored in Sociology and Anthropology, then relocated to Pittsburgh to join...
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I love that Pittsburgh is kind of a hidden treasure and takes a bit to figure out–from sneaky turn lanes and Pittsburgh lefts to all of the different neighborhoods that each have their own distinct character. To use John Green’s words, “I fell in love [with Pittsburgh] the way you fall asleep; slowly, and then all...
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“[T]he interconnections of Pittsburgh provide a catalyst for grassroots initiatives in the city.” – Ciera Marie Young   When Ciera Marie Young graduated from Chatham University in 2014, she knew she wanted to find a place that could offer a supportive transition from college. She found that support in Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience (PULSE)....
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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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