“PULSE has instilled the importance of community in me and made me focus more on where I’m currently living, finding the value and growth within a community.”
Amy Wisseman, from Oakton, Virginia, completed her undergraduate degree at The College of Wooster with a major in Global and International Studies. During her time in school, she was a supervisor in the Phonathon Center where she oversaw the operation and personnel of a call center and developed relationships with parents and university alumni. She was also involved with her university’s Student Government Association as a Senator-At-Large and was very politically engaged in her community. Amy is a part of the South Hilltop cohort and serves at the Jefferson Regional Foundation. Amy was interviewed by Bonnie Evans.
Bonnie: How has PULSE inspired you to live/think/act differently?
Amy: PULSE has instilled the importance of community in me and made me focus more on where I’m currently living, finding the value and growth within a community. It’s made me want to have a real role in my community wherever I go next.
Bonnie: What have you enjoyed most about living in community? How have you and your housemates pushed/encouraged one another?
Amy: I have enjoyed living with my housemates because we are all very supportive of one another, and it’s been great entering the workforce knowing that you have a great support system when you get home and that we all care about each other.
Bonnie: What have you enjoyed most about your nonprofit partnership?
Amy: It’s been a great way to meet other organizations because of our collaborative. It’s great to be in a space that feels important and needed. My coworkers are friendly and supportive as well, and it feels nice that they are intentionally trying to support my growth.
Bonnie: What’s your favorite “family meal” recipe for the house?
Amy: I am partial to my sweet potato and black bean chili.
Bonnie: How do you like to spend your morning and evening commute?
Amy: I listen to the news in the morning, my phone plays a podcast of recent news. It’s a great way to get into the “productive citizen” mindset. On my drive home, I listen to music that calms me down and gets me out of the work zone.
Bonnie: Tell me something you are learning about yourself through PULSE.
Amy: I am learning to value my time so that I can manage both relaxation and activities that are fun but still can be energy draining.
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