“[PULSE has] made me do most things in a more intentional way than I have in the past. A lot of the elements of the program encourage the participants to think carefully about what they do and how they do it.” – Seth Culp-Ressler
Seth Culp-Ressler, a native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, completed his undergraduate degree at Duquesne University with a degree in Multiplatform Journalism and a minor in Philosophy. During his time in college, he was very active in Duquesne’s student-run newspaper, The Duke, serving in multiple roles. He was also Editor in Chief of Duquesne’s Off the Bluff magazine, and was a part of the St. Ambrose Choir. He hopes to further his storytelling skills, and get a more well-rounded perspective of Pittsburgh. Seth is a car aficionado, plays guitar, and enjoys photography. He is a part of the Northside cohort, and is serving with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
Kaylee Ferguson: What has been the most valuable part of the PULSE experience so far?
Seth Culp-Ressler: It’s a really nice opportunity for acting as a transition between college and the working world. Even though we’re only two months in, I’m seeing the benefits of the experience as a transitional period.
Kaylee: How has PULSE inspired you to live/think/act differently?
Seth: It’s made me do most things in a more intentional way than I have in the past. A lot of the elements of the program encourage the participants to think carefully about what they do and how they do it.
Kaylee: What do you enjoy most about your nonprofit partnership?
Seth: It allows me to do all of the things that I wanted to be doing. All of the skills that I wanted to be using at my nonprofit partnership is exactly 100% of what I do, and I love that.
Kaylee: What have you enjoyed most about living in community?
Seth: It has forced me to be much more social than I am usually inclined to be.
Kaylee: Describe a typical day at your nonprofit partnership.
Seth: Everyday is different. There are tasks that I kind of regularly do, but it’s different all the time. I’m all about it, though.
Kaylee: What is the most interesting/fun adventure you’ve had in Pittsburgh so far?
Seth: Through Lily Rybarczyk, the former PULSEr that works at the Cultural Trust, I got connected with another former PULSEr that needed someone to take pictures of the Northside Flats. It was a great excuse to spend an afternoon exploring the neighborhood. I also got a lot of content to fill my Instagram for the next two months in one afternoon, and that’s always a good thing.
Kaylee: What’s your favorite “family meal” recipe for the house?
Seth: All of our meals involve rice, beans, vegetables, and cheese. So, any combination of these things.
Story by PULSE Participant Kaylee Ferguson.
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