This morning, I had my 1-month review with Linda. I was so nervous. I knew it was going to be okay, because I am still learning, and etc. I was anxious to see what all she was going to say.
When it was time for my review, I walked into her office, took a seat, and shut the door. She said, “Well you have been here for 1-month now..” I nodded my head and said, “yes, I have.” She said, “How is it going?” I said, “I feel like it is going well. I am finding that everyone is really welcoming, ready to help me, and etc.” She said, “Good. Well I haven’t heard anything bad about you. When I asked Phyllis, and Nancy they said you were getting along well, and doing a great job.” I said, “That is great news.”
Then she said, “Yes it is. I believe you are going to go far here at Pitt. You remind me of myself 20-30 years ago, so fresh and new, but I had to learn how to control my bubbly personality.” I nodded my head and smiled. I knew what she was saying. It is nothing I haven’t heard before. I have a bubbly personality, and it can sometimes come off too much, and it is often times borderline unprofessional. I am working on it, but it takes time and practice. I am not just saying that because I am not in a rush to fix it. I am saying this because it is how I have always been and never had to fix it, or had a chance to work on it professionally, but now is my chance and it is something I am working on.
After the review, when I got up to leave she said, “thank you for working hard and doing a good job.” I smiled and said, “You are welcome.” I left that review on such a high. I had to get ready to go to lunch with Frank. I was running a bit behind.
When I finally got to the Porch to meet Frank, I was still on a happy trip from my review. We ordered our food, and sat in a booth. I always get the grilled cheese and all he eats are chicken Cesar salads. We talked about Paula, Ora, the Jazz Seminar, and how he feels about the position since he has been in it now for almost a year. I can’t believe it has been a year since I was at the Music Department. Damn where did the time go?
When we left the Porch, we promised to make this a monthly thing. I think it is good to get together and give him an outlet to speak freely and clearly about all that he is going through. I doubt he will go to Paula for anything, so I am keeping communication open. There are some parts of me that miss Music and there are other parts of me that are so happy that I am gone, and I can meet up with Paula whenever outside of working together. Overall, it was a good day.

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