Fellow Story: Sirah Javier

PULSE has  inspired me to live with a greater purpose and understand the effects of our environment on the community.” -Sirah Javier

Sirah Javier, a native of Chester, New York completed her undergraduate degree at Juniata College with a major in Wildlife Conservation. During her time in school, she was involved with Wildlife Society, Pre-Veterinary Medicine, and Animal Science Club. She was also President of the Rugby Club and a Projects Committee member for Juniata College Senate. Additionally, Sirah was a Web Content Manager for Juniata College Pennington House, and interned with a variety of veterinary hospitals and clinics. She was also an intern at the Africa BioZoo in Cordoba, Mexico. In her free time, Sirah enjoys electrofishing, herpetology, and rugby.  She is a part of the South Hilltop cohort, and is serving at Green Building Alliance.

Kimberly Hunter: What has been the most valuable part of the PULSE experience so far?

Sirah Javier: I’ve learned what it really means to be a community member! It’s more than just living in a place; it includes volunteering, going to community meetings, etc., which is valuable no matter where you go. I’ve learned that immersing myself in a community takes time and living in a space wouldn’t be as fun without neighbors.

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

Sirah: PULSE has inspired me to live with a greater purpose and understand the effects of our environment on the community. There is a clear possibility for change and getting involved is the best way to get the ball rolling.

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

Sirah: One of the most important things I’ve learned about myself is that I’m task oriented, I like fast-paced environments, and love being in a place where individuals are passionate about what they do.

Kim: What do you enjoy most about your nonprofit partnership?

Sirah: I like that we create an environment where it is okay to make mistakes, thereby creating a positive space. Moreover, I really enjoy that the individuals in my office show genuine care for one another.  

Kim: What have you enjoyed most about living in community?

Sirah: Making friends! You know someone is always there for you when something goes wrong and the best thing you can have is company.

Kim: Describe a typical day at your nonprofit partnership.

Sirah: The first thing I typically do is say hi to everyone I see. I then go about checking my email, and I do all the tasks listed in my email. Normally, I create name tags, host education events, sit in partner meetings, attend some of our many events and go to building tours that are leaders in sustainability focus. Overall it’s really fun, and I get to learn about how individuals in society are working towards a greener future.

Kim: What surprised you most about Pittsburgh?

Sirah: How strong this city’s efforts are toward being sustainable. It’s pretty impressive. We have political figures, builders, architects, engineers, and community members devoted to growing a  sustainable environment.

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

Sirah: Chelsea and I went to an exotic pet shop tailored to aquariums.  They had a variety of coral farm, anemones, and fish that were really fascinating.

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

Sirah: Chelsea makes an amazing vegetarian chili!

Kim: What is the best part of the PULSE experience?

Sirah: I’m not sure how to answer that question because I haven’t finished my PULSE year yet. So, to be continued.


Story by PULSE Fellow Kimberly Hunter.

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