Participant Story: Taylor Thorp


Thorp“I enjoy being part of the bigger picture. I like the passion of my coworkers and helping kids be the best version of themselves.” – Taylor Thorp



Originally from New Jersey, Taylor Thorp spent the past four years studying Anthropology at The College of Wooster in Ohio. During her time in college, Taylor pursued her passions for children’s rights and environmental rights. After several trips to Haiti, Taylor returned to the island nation to complete her senior thesis researching the relationship between child vulnerability and NGOs in Port-au-Prince. Taylor also was a volunteer at the Wilderness Center. Taylor’s travel experience extends to Samoa, where she spent a semester studying women in sports. She loves playing field hockey, hiking, and running.  She is serving at Best of the Batch Foundation.

Rachel King: What do you enjoy most about your nonprofit partnership?

Taylor Thorp: I enjoy being part of the bigger picture. I like the passion of my coworkers and helping kids be the best version of themselves.

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

Taylor: I’ve learned that I have more of a goal-centered personality. I wish I was more laid-back, but it is nice to know my personality has a place in all types of group settings.

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

Taylor: I like meeting new young adults who have a similar vision. I also like knowing that I will come home to seven friends. We have a lot of fun and I am looking forward to the rest of the year.

Rachel: What is the most interesting/fun adventure you’ve had in Pittsburgh so far?

Taylor: I’ve done a lot of fun things so far! I’ve gone to the Pittsburgh Zoo, three Pirates’ games, a comedy club, and Church Brew Works. I’m having fun exploring the city.

Rachel: What is your favorite “family meal” recipe for the house?

Taylor: Casy and I made Chicken Tikka Masala with homemade naan, which we were really proud of. Also, Perm and Kevin made homemade tomato soup, which was delicious!

Story by PULSE Participant Rachel King.

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