“Not only is everyone passionate about what we do, but we also value joy, having fun, and doing the smallest things to make someone’s day better.” – Amanda Alexandre
Amanda Alexandre, a native of Long Beach, NY, completed her undergraduate degree at Susquehanna University with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. During her time in school, she was a Global Ambassador Intern, supporting international students’ transition to a new culture and providing academic advice. She also raised donations to help build houses in Snyder County with Habitat for Humanity. In her free time, Amanda practices yoga and meditation. She also enjoys running, reading, crocheting, and traveling. She is a part of the East End cohort, and is serving at the Crossroads Foundation.
Hannah Green: How has PULSE inspired you to live/think/act differently?
Amanda Alexandre: PULSE has inspired me to be more intentional. There are many PULSErs with food allergies and I’ve become more mindful when cooking. Getting to know everyone’s different and unique personalities has also inspired me to be more intentional in being supportive of others’ needs.
Hannah: What do you enjoy most about your nonprofit partnership?
Amanda: I enjoy the relationship that I have with my coworkers. Not only is everyone passionate about what we do, but we also value joy, having fun, and doing the smallest things to make someone’s day better. Everyone is so friendly and supportive.
Hannah: What have you enjoyed most about living in community?
Amanda: I have enjoyed eating meals with my housemates and watching Jane the Virgin with them.
Hannah: Describe a typical day at your nonprofit partnership.
Amanda: During a typical week, I travel to three different high schools and meet one-on-one with students in the senior class. We discuss the college application process and other ways that the students can prepare for college. I plan different college prep workshops and various events, such as college tours for the high school seniors.
Hannah: What is the most interesting/fun adventure you’ve had in Pittsburgh so far?
Amanda: When it was my day to takeover Instagram, I featured my supervisor and program director. Not only were they excited to be on the PULSE Instagram story, but they killed the act!
Story by PULSE Participant Hannah Green.
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