“I have been able to climb to the top of churches for pictures and experiences, I’ve been able to talk to business owners and community members and get to know them, I feel as if I’m starting to make the South Hilltop a home.”
A graduate of Washington & Jefferson College, William has a degree in International Studies (Spanish) with a concentration in German. William is passionate about human rights and being a voice for those who are unable to speak up for themselves. William had a rewarding and life changing opportunity when he traveled to a village in the Dominican Republic, Batey Angelina, where William and his peers helped with construction and connected with children. William’s hobbies include studying different languages, swimming, and traveling. William is a part of the South Hilltop cohort and serves at the Hilltop Alliance. William was interviewed by Jacqueline Journeay.
Jacqueline: How has PULSE inspired you to live/think/act differently?
William: These last few months have been very influential on who I am. I’ve been trying to think through all my decisions and actions. I think that’s due to PULSE and giving myself time to think about that.
Jacqueline: What have you enjoyed most about living in community? How have you and your housemates pushed/encouraged one another?
William: I suppose the last four years, I’ve been living in a community, but this has been different. Before PULSE, I hadn’t really tried to be intentional about how I live and what I do in my house. I have with PULSE. I really just enjoy being able to speak openly and be heard.
Jacqueline: What have you enjoyed most about your nonprofit partnership?
William: The access to things. I have been able to climb to the top of churches for pictures and experiences, I’ve been able to talk to business owners and community members and get to know them, I feel as if I’m starting to make the South Hilltop a home.
Jacqueline: What’s your favorite “family meal” recipe for the house?
William: Curry. Any type of curry. Whatever you want I’ll make it and make it well.
Jacqueline: How do you like to spend your morning and evening commute?
William: I have a five minute walking commute. I count cars every day on my way to and from work for a study that my nonprofit partner is conducting. Other than that I listen to music and watch people.
Jacqueline: Tell me something you are learning about yourself through PULSE.
William: I’m learning that I’m much more strong and capable, I am worth it.
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