When I graduated from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) in May, I knew I was ending a chapter and beginning a new journey as a recent college graduate. While it was difficult leaving the familiar; EMU, friends, and family, I decided to join the PULSE program in Pittsburgh, PA.
PULSE cultivates a community of young servant leaders to transform Pittsburgh. They invite recent, college graduates (like myself) to partner with local nonprofits for a year of service and leadership. I got excited about the PULSE program because I get to explore a new city, meet other people who are in similar situations as I am (being a recent college grad), and I get to serve a community in a unique way.
I am looking forward to meeting new people my age, learning about a new city, and working in a different type of environment. My hope for the year is that I learn a lot. I want to be able to say that I did something with my gap year and that I did something meaningful. I feel that PULSE gives me that opportunity. I would also hope that this year I am able to do something different and get out of my comfort zone. Being in the same setting for four years got to be easy and I am looking for a change. I hope that working at a nonprofit and experiencing a change will help me to narrow down what I want to do in grad school.