New adventures in Philadelphia for Orientation


Change is inevitable in the world we live in. If it doesn’t occur, then how can we learn from these life lessons to become fulfilled in our life. I, for one, don’t want to be lumped into the “stuck” category where I did not push myself to go outside my comfort zone and then regretting that I didn’t take any chances while I was still alive.

You may wonder why I am writing about this! Well, I was matched with Citizen Schools in Boston to assist the organization in achieving some of the data management goals. I am excited for this opportunity to develop outside of my scientific career and away from the lab.  *insert Snoopy dance while holding a large cup of iced coffee*

For the past 3 days, the PULSE team hosted our orientation sessions at the Arch Street Meeting House in Philadelphia. These sessions prepared the group for deployment to the volunteer sector and for re-entry to our regular positions. The tools were useful to relieve any anxiety about stepping outside our comfort zone and to help us work efficiently. In all, I am extremely grateful for the time I spent learning with like-minded people and can’t wait to keep in touch with them throughout my 6 month assignment.

For now, I leave with a huge thanks to the PULSE team, my PULSE buddy, my family, my line manager, colleagues, and new friends for the support I have received during this time as I come to terms with leaving my home (Southern New Jersey) to work and live around Boston. Tomorrow will be a great big adventure (road trip to Boston) with my brother, and that story will be told at another time.

Hwyl fawr,



  1. You know, I can see you doing the Snoopy dance while holding a large cup of iced coffee after meeting you last week :)All the best for your assignment! Best, Manu.

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