Nathaniel Feuerstein, originally of Lowell, MA, graduated from Kalamazoo College with a degree in Anthropology/Sociology. At Kalamazoo, Nathaniel was a tutor for CAPS, providing after-school tutoring to elementary and high school students. He also served as a Sustainability Intern for Kalamazoo College. Nathaniel spent six months studying in Dakar, Senegal. Nathaniel’s work as a Park Ranger for the Lowell National Historical Park was most rewarding to him. Outside of work and academics, Nathaniel enjoys reading, backpacking trips, biking, and walking. He is serving at Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse.
Mary Schrag: What do you love about Pittsburgh?
Nate Feuerstein: I like that I can forget that I’m in a city when I’m in my neighborhood. I like the feeling of transition to a new place when I go downtown. I also like being in another post-industrial city, like where I grew up.
Mary: What is the most interesting/fun adventure you’ve had in Pittsburgh so far?
Nate: During orientation, we went on a really long bike ride, like 25 miles. It was a good way to connect different places that we’ve been to and build my confidence for biking in the city. Now I don’t want to stop.
Mary: What is your favorite “family meal” recipe?
Nate: Rachel had a friend over who brought deer meat from his home and we had venison and mashed potatoes. Also, Maria made some delicious lasagna. In general, our food has been really good.
Mary: What have you enjoyed the most about living in community?
Nate: The communal living aspect of PULSE was a big reason I wanted to join the program, and it’s been great. Graham house has definitely bonded in ways that I hadn’t expected. It’s a very comfortable environment. The food is good. The house is nice. The people are nice, and it’s good.
Mary: How has PULSE inspired you to live/think/act differently?
Nate: The community living aspect has encouraged me to engage and be more public with the people I’m living with. In addition, I’ve been thinking more about the gifts I’m bringing to my nonprofit partnership.
Story by PULSE Participant Mary Schrag.
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