Cecilia Franchi is a native of San Jose, CA, but is not new to Pittsburgh. She attended Carnegie Mellon University where she studied Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience. Cecilia has much experience working with youth; she is a Classroom Aide with the Carriage House Children’s Center, volunteers at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and assisted in Kindergarten and First Grade classrooms regularly. Additionally, Cecilia is the Volunteer “Co-Owner” of Big Idea Book Store & Café. Cecelia loves exploring Pittsburgh through new community engagement opportunities. She is at the Manchester Academic Charter School.
Rachel Gingrich: Tell me something you are learning about yourself through PULSE.
Cece Franchi: I am learning how to better balance my time and prioritize my day. I am learning a lot about people.
Rachel: Describe a typical day at your nonprofit partnership.
Cece: I begin with reading groups every morning with a few small tasks in between. In the afternoon, I’ll visit classrooms and help out students in special education. It’s great to be a part of the classroom. I do a lot of other miscellaneous tasks, such as setting up a book fair, making name tags, and taking pictures of events and posting them to social media sites.
Rachel: How has PULSE inspired you to live/think/act differently?
Cece: PULSE has inspired me to structure my time better, and to act with more responsibility with the time I have.
Rachel: What do you like about Pittsburgh?
Cece: I love Pittsburgh’s diversity, its grittiness, bluntness, its thunderstorms and beauty. Every time I drive from the East End to the Northside I feel overwhelmed by how the city looks against the setting sun.
Rachel: What is the best part of the PULSE experience?
Cece: Definitely getting to know different people. It’s fun having people around. There is always someone willing to go to an event with you.
Story by PULSE Participant Rachel Gingrich.
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