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“I chose to transition from working in engineering to PULSE so that I could be more active in the community and be able to help people.” A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Peter Carter majored in Chemical Engineering and minored in Chemistry. Prior to joining PULSE, he worked as a chemist with the PPG Coatings Innovation...
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“PULSE has inspired me to be more intentional with setting goals and working towards achieving them in a realistic and logical manner.” A graduate of Juniata College, Seppi Grugan majored in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. During his time in school, Seppi was President of the Democrats Club, treasurer of the Pre-Law Club, and a member of...
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“I have enjoyed feeling supported, while simultaneously having the opportunity to support other people.” Kiersten Jones grew up in West Bloomfield, Michigan, and attended Grove City College where she earned a degree in History. Kiersten is passionate about public education, gender equality, and equal opportunities for children and their success. Kiersten has spent considerable time in the...
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“PULSE has definitely allowed me to learn from other people’s perspectives. The people in the program and in my community are so different from me, allowing both of us to teach each other new things.” Andrew Ferrante grew up in Dayton, Ohio, and attended the University of Dayton where he earned a degree in Business Administration, Economics...
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“There is a strong sense that we all want to help each other become the best versions of ourselves. We have created this open dialogue to keep bettering our community and space.” A graduate of the University of Oregon, Makaela Press majored in International Studies and minored in Global Health and Legal Studies. She was heavily...
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“PULSE has definitely helped me think about myself as being part of a community. Not just the community on the South Hilltop, but the whole community of Pittsburgh. It’s easy to see yourself as an individual in a place, and PULSE has helped me see that I can be an integral part of a place...
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“I think learning about myself is what I’ve enjoyed most about living in a community. I feel like living with others is a constant process of identifying and working through priorities, interests, and needs and I feel that it consistently pushes me to reflect on myself and my relationships.” A graduate of Carleton College, Lucy Friedman-Bell...
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Executive Director Position Overview: PULSE seeks a thoughtful, energetic, and strategic leader who is eager to engage with young adults.  Our next Executive Director (ED) will possess an understanding and appreciation for the unique qualities of recent college graduates, as well as a passion to develop and inspire the next generation of leaders early in...
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“Living with people who come from different backgrounds has challenged me to think about how people have unique needs. PULSE has helped me think about how to meet these kinds of diverse needs while making sure that my own needs are being met.” A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Diana Yuh majored in Global Studies. She...
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“You may not want to go and pick up garbage, but on your street, you can go and do something for others. It’s going to make where you live look better. And whatever you can do…do.” As Fred Rogers famously serenaded “I have always wanted to have a neighbor just like you, I’ve always wanted...
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