Fellow Story: Amelia Marren

“Through PULSE, I am learning to be a responsible community member. Being new to the community and a temporary resident, I am learning my capacity to serve the neighborhood I am living in.”

A graduate of Bryn Mawr College, Amelia Marren majored in Growth and Structure of Cities with a minor in Environmental Studies. Amelia is passionate about urban sustainability through the use of green space and wants to bring her knowledge and passion to the Pittsburgh region. This passion was cultivated through her work at PowerCorpsPHL doing environmental lands restoration in Philadelphia parks and building a permaculture site at the North Philadelphia Peace Park. Recently, Amelia spent her summer with the Rocky Mountain Conservancy Conservation Corps, where she lived and worked in the backcountry of the Rawah National Forest of Colorado restoring and preserving trails. Amelia’s hobbies include hiking, ultimate frisbee, rock climbing, and exploring new places. Amelia is a part of the Northside cohort and serves at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Amelia was interviewed by Sophia Leissa.

Sophia: How has PULSE inspired you to live/think/act differently?

Amelia: PULSE has inspired me to be a more conscious team member in my house and in my service.

Sophia: What have you enjoyed most about living in community? How have you and your housemates pushed/encouraged one another? 

Amelia: Living in a community is great because you always have someone supportive when you come home. My housemates and I have pushed each other to effectively communicate each person’s needs and wants.

Sophia: What have you enjoyed most about your nonprofit partnership?

Amelia: I love my service. I have amazing coworkers and PULSE gave me the opportunity to do exactly what I wanted to do leaving college.

Sophia: What’s your favorite “family meal” recipe for the house?

Amelia: Coconut Curry Lentils.

Sophia: How do you like to spend your morning and evening commute?

Amelia: I like relaxing, people-watching and sending emails.

Sophia: What are three words you would use to describe your PULSE year so far?

Amelia: Exciting, challenging, and thought-provoking.

Sophia: What is the most interesting/fun adventure you’ve had in Pittsburgh so far?

Amelia: Perennial shopping!

Sophia: Tell me something you are learning about yourself through PULSE.

Amelia: Through PULSE, I am learning to be a responsible community member. Being new to the community and a temporary resident, I am learning my capacity to serve the neighborhood I am living in.

Sophia: How has PULSE changed any future plans you might have had?

Amelia: PULSE has introduced me to the city of Pittsburgh and I have come to like its quirks, so I might stay!

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