“I am in the process of learning what I truly value. Now that I have more unstructured time, I’m discovering how I really want to spend it. For example, I’ve been realizing how much I really love being active and find new ways to do that. I’ve also been realizing that I do value the Mennonite Church and learning how to connect as a young adult.” – Sam Weaver
Originally from Lititz, PA, Samantha Weaver comes to Pittsburgh from Goshen, IN where she completed her degree in Biochemistry with a minor in Spanish. Samantha explored her passion for environmental sustainability during a study abroad term in Nicaragua where she helped with reforestation. She was also the captain of the Goshen College Women’s Soccer Team, an intern at a health clinic, and has worked in a ceramics lab. Samantha loves to rock climb, play all sports, and dance. She is serving atAllegheny Cleanways.
Natalie Nagel: What do you enjoy most about your nonprofit partnership?
Sam Weaver: One of the things I enjoy is that I work with some awesome people in my office. I also love getting to meet and interact with people around the Northside. This really enhances my experience both in my nonprofit partnership but also as a members of my community. My nonprofit partnership forced me to get to know my neighborhood faster than I thought possible, which has been really helpful in getting my bearings.
Natalie: What surprised you most about Pittsburgh?
Sam: As someone who have never lived in a city, I was a bit apprehensive because I didn’t know what to expect. But I was pleasantly surprised with how much Pittsburgh can feel like a small town. It’s not overwhelming and it’s easy to get out of the downtown area into neighborhoods. There are also lots of trees.
Natalie: What have you enjoyed the most about living in community?
Sam: I love getting to know my housemates on a deeper level than I would have otherwise. It is encouraging to have a network of PULSErs on the Northside that share similar interests and passions. It’s so fun to have a group of people that are up for anything, whether it’s talking or kicking around a soccer ball.
Natalie: Tell me something that you are learning about yourself through this experience.
Sam: I am in the process of learning what I truly value. Now that I have more unstructured time, I’m discovering how I really want to spend it. For example, I’ve been realizing how much I really love being active and find new ways to do that. I’ve also been realizing that I do value the Mennonite Church and learning how to connect as a young adult.
Natalie: What is your favorite “family meal” recipe for the house?
Sam: I would have to go with the Pad Thai recipe we found online. It was super easy to make and tasted delicious!
Story by PULSE Participant Natalie Nagel.
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