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Cultivating a Community: Susanna Meyer “I’m a rural girl by birthright, I love the country, but taking my interests from that setting and bringing them to the city has proved to be fulfilling,” said Susanna Meyer.  Susanna Meyer didn’t have to give up her love of nature when she moved to Pittsburgh–she brought nature with her...
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FRAMING COMMUNITY: JAMES EASH As James Eash cleared pigeon carcasses and abandoned trash from the dilapidated Union Project, he discovered what kind of career he wanted after his PULSE year. “I realized that I wanted to start working with organizations that help people do those kinds of community projects,” said James. When James started his...
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MAKING AN IMPACT: STEPHAN BONTRAGER Learning to live with seven people may not be the first thing you’d write on a resume for a job, but Stephan Bontrager, a 2001-02 PULSE alumnus, sees this lesson helping him in many facets of his life – from professional to community. “PULSE showed me that I could live...
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Yinzpiring Others: Kate Stoltzfus “I’m blessed to work in places that gives me energy, it’s been a process to find what I love.” Kate Stoltzfus’ involvement in Pittsburgh organizations might seem exhausting, but staying connected to her community is what gives Kate energy. She writes regularly for her blog–Yinzpiration, which celebrates young Pittsburghers’ unique contributions to the...
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“It’s impossible for me to name all the ways I’ve been impacted by PULSE.  I’ve discovered passions, personal and professionally.  I’ve made life-long friends.  I’ve been given the opportunity to serve, take ownership of project and gain job experience.  But most importantly, PULSE has instilled in me a sense of self-confidence and the knowledge that...
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