“The most valuable part of PULSE is truly getting to know the other PULSE fellows. Even though we all come from diverse backgrounds and experiences, we all have shared values and intersecting passions. The fellows really make the effort to show up for and support one another in the work that we do.” – Christin Adams
Christin Adams, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, completed her undergraduate degree at University Of Pittsburgh with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Political Science while also receiving a certificate in Global Studies. During her time in school, she was involved extensively with the Multicultural Association, serving as co-President for two years and as Secretary before that. Christin also has worked with the Nationalities Service Center in Philadelphia, PA as a Refugee Resettlement Intern. She also interned with the Moroccan Association for Human Rights in Rabat, Morocco and worked with KidsPark in Willow Grove where she supervised and worked with children. In her free time, Christin enjoys reading, film, digital photography and traveling. She is a part of the Northside cohort, and is serving at the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh.
Brandon McClendon: What has been the most valuable part of the PULSE experience so far?
Christin Adams: The most valuable part of PULSE is truly getting to know the other PULSE fellows. Even though we all come from diverse backgrounds and experiences, we all have shared values and intersecting passions. The fellows really make the effort to show up for and support one another in the work that we do.
Brandon: How has PULSE inspired you to live/think/act differently?
Christin: The aspect of intentional living has influenced me to be more mindful about budgeting, meal planning and living in a communal sense. Even as an introvert, I find myself really trying to make an effort to spend time in community both within PULSE and outside of it.
Brandon: Tell me something you are learning about yourself through PULSE.
Christin: PULSE has helped me reflect on how I communicate and build relationships with others. I’ve especially learned a lot about myself through my friendships with my housemates, and the sense of community that we’ve build together.
Brandon: What do you enjoy most about your nonprofit partnership?
Christin: One of the things that I enjoy most about my nonprofit partnership is that the work environment is very supportive. It’s been great getting to know and learn from my supervisor and other staff members. Additionally, attending the various events and talking to students and community members has allowed me to see the impact that the World Affairs Council is making in engaging Pittsburgh on global issues.
Brandon: What surprised you most about Pittsburgh?
Christin: I’ve had previous experiences in Pittsburgh since I attended the University of Pittsburgh, but the one thing that has surprised me since PULSE has started is seeing how close and tight-knit the Northside community is.
Brandon: What’s your favorite “family meal” recipe for the house?
Christin: Ally’s Chester chip cookies!
Story by PULSE Participant Brandon McClendon.
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