Participant Story: Rachel Wortman


Wortman“I’ve enjoyed getting to know different, interesting, and intelligent people who are like minded and want to make a difference.” – Rachel Wortman




Rachel Wortman graduated from the College of Wooster with a degree in neuroscience. During her college years, Rachel spent a semester studying abroad in London, England. She was very involved on campus at Wooster as a member of the Phi Sigma Tau Honor Society, a program leader for the Wooster Women in Science Neuroscience Program, a Editor of the Arts and Entertainment and Viewpoints Section for The Wooster Voice, and a member of the marching and symphonic bands. Rachel loves pursuing her interests of environmental and social justice while living in Pittsburgh. She is serving at the Parkinson Foundation of Western Pennsylvania.

Neil Grbach: What do you enjoy most about your nonprofit partnership?

Rachel Wortman: I enjoy how directly connected the position is to what I am passionate about. I enjoy the small, personal office and having the freedom to start my own projects. I also like the way in which the position is opening doors to opportunities in a similar profession/ field.

Neil: Describe a typical day in your nonprofit partnership.

Rachel: There are no typical days. Since the Parkinson Foundation of Western Pennsylvania is starting a new clinic, I’m working on how exactly the clinic will work. I’ve involved in day to day clerical duties. I’m looking forward to being involved in support groups.

Neil: What is the best part of the PULSE experience?

Rachel: The support available in the PULSE program and the ability to work in a field that deeply interests me.

Neil: Tell me something you are learning about yourself through PULSE.

Rachel:  I’m learning how to adapt professionally and socially. I call myself an “adult on training wheels”.

Neil: What have you enjoyed the most about living in community?

Rachel: I’ve enjoyed getting to know different, interesting, and intelligent people who are like minded and want to make a difference. Also the support that comes from the community.

Story by PULSE Participant Neil Grbach.

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