“It has been wonderful to live in community. Even when we disagree with each other, it’s been really cool to be very respectful of each other, to act out of a deep caring for each other.” – Mary Schrag
Mary Schrag, a native of Moundridge, KS, graduated from Bluffton University with a degree in Biblical and Theological Studies. While at Bluffton, Mary was active in the Honors Program and Chapel Planning Committee. She won Third Place Bi-Nationally in the C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest. Mary is also a traveler, having studied abroad in Guatemala and in Trinidad & Tobago. While in Guatemala, Mary pursued her passion for women’s rights by serving with ANADESA, a community development organization and women’s cooperative. She is serving at Green Building Alliance.
Nate Feuerstein: What have you enjoyed the most about living in community?
Mary Schrag: It has been wonderful to live in community. Even when we disagree with each other, it’s been really cool to be very respectful of each other, to act out of a deep caring for each other.
Nate: Tell me something you are learning about yourself through PULSE.
Mary: I’m more of an extrovert than I thought I was! I thought of myself as an introvert for the last few years, but I really enjoy being around people, which I wasn’t expecting.
Nate: What is the best part of the PULSE experience?
Mary: Free time. It’s great to have free time to go on adventures and do fun things. And to get to do that with a group of really good people. That’s been fun.
Nate: What surprised you most about Pittsburgh?
Mary: I think how “small town” Pittsburgh feels and how fast I adjusted to it being in a city. I’ve always lived in small towns so the idea of moving to the city intimidated me, but I’ve gotten used to it quickly and it already feels like home.
Nate: What is your favorite “family recipe” for your house?
Mary: We’ve had some really amazing meals. Perm made homemade tomato soup and that was really good. Basically everything that everyone cooks is delicious. We have not had a bad meal yet.
Story by PULSE Participant Nate Feuerstein.
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