Pitt Football

Today is Pitt’s first home game of the season! They played against Virginia. I received tickets from my contact in athletics at Pitt. I love college football. I get so excited. We brought my parents along for the game. We parked in Station Square, ate dinner, and took a boat over to the stadium. It as a beautiful day outside. Once we docked at Heinz field, there so many people around the stadium. Today, was also the same day as Ribfest.

We met with my brother-in-law and sister-in-law for a brief minute. They were tailgating with some friends. When we made our way into the stadium, they were giving out pompoms on sticks. I was glad I finally have pompoms. They gave them out at the alumni party last year, when Pitt went to the ACC championship.  I had to break them when we went into the stadium. I didn’t have to break them today!

Unfortunately, Pitt lost to Virginia. We took the boat back over to Station Square in the beginning of the 4th quarter. It was still so cool to be there.

HAIL TO PITT!

Dinner with Advisor

After CMU, I walked back to Pitt. I sat a table in Posvar where I used to work, and got some reading done before I went to Spice Island.

When I arrived at Spice Island, I was seated a table for 4. My advisor and two other girls worked on a project together. It was a bench marking project. Jean, my advisor congratulated us on a job well done. We had a couple changes to make, but we were done with the project.

I had Pad Thai for the first time and it was so yummy!

After dinner, Drew picked me up under Posvar in the parking garage. Then it was home sweet home.

Student-Athlete Orientation

I have an interest in student-athletes. I am hopeful to be able to do my Master’s thesis on some aspects of student-athletes.  I was able to observe the student-athlete orientation in the new UPMC events Center. There were several speakers, Dr. Howard (The president of RMU), RMU police spoke about safety and performance enhancement drugs, there were a couple other speakers including the new athletic director Chris King. I found the information they were providing the athletes very informative and insightful. I am hopeful to work with student-athletes in the future.

Transfer Student Ice Cream Social

I do not repot to CMU on Fridays unless there is an event happening, where I have to check in. I still want to be able to help at RMU when I can. Today was one of those days. There was a Transfer Student Ice Cream Social Happening. I met with Natacia in the Center for Student Success to help her create a flyer in Canva for the event. We talked about the social, and the itinerary for the event. I was excited to apart of this event.

When I went to RMU, I was a transfer student, a commuter student, and a first-generation student. The transfers, commuters, and first-gens hold a special place in my heart. I am passionate about them and want to see them succeed.

When I arrived to the event, which was held in the Franklin Center. Believe it or not this was the first time I have ever been in the Franklin Center. I logged in and turned on my Spotify and started playing a playlist for the social.

A few minutes later, Natcia arrived and I helped her set up. Once the students arrived, we got started with the ice cream. Sewickley Confectionary provided the ice cream. Then Natcia conducted some ice breakers with the students. After ice breakers we introduced ourselves and the contacts from the Career Center spoke about ways they could help the transfer students. Natacia also spoke about the Center for Student Success. It was a good event, but only a handful of students showed up. I wish more students would go to these events, but we do what we can to show that RMU cares.

Monte Carlo Night

After I left CMU, I took the bus back to Robinson to get my car. I got in my car, went home and showered. I changed into my Monte Carlo clothes for the event tonight; black leggings, black and white converse, and a black and red RMU shirt. I laid on the couch and took a nap.

When I woke up from my nap, Drew came in the house with some fast food for me, so I wouldn’t have to get dinner at RMU. I wasn’t sure what they were going to have to eat at the event. After dinner, I left to go to the event, and I was going to meet Drew there.

When I arrived on campus, I walked down to the cafeteria and talked to the orientation leaders. They told me the plan, and I offered to stay at the cafeteria where the event was going to be until the leaders brought the students over to the event. We devised a plan to hand out raffle tickets as they walk through the door. Emma was going to swipe them in, and then I saw my friend Skylar.4TEHnWnBRf6A6b81OxUOGg.jpg I will miss him so much when my time at RMU is over. He told me I was not allowed to leave RMU. He told me he was going to glue my feet to the floor. I wish that was the case and I didn’t have to be finished with my internship there.

At one point, one of the orientation leaders went off to go take pictures, and the students arrived to the event early. I went to get her, because she is the only one who knows how to work the tech. I told her that she needs to show someone else how to work the tech, if she is not going to able to MC, because no one knows how to do it. She showed another orientation leader how to use it, but she ended up staying stationed at the mic the entire time.
The event went so well. I was proud of the orientation leaders. When Drew arrived, he told me his car was acting up again. He was pretty worried and seemed off at the event. We left together just incase his car would break down. Tomorrow, he was off work and planned to make some calls.

Wednesday, busy day

At CMU, I met with my first member of a student organization to go over the checklist for the organization’s late night event.  After our meeting, which I think went really well, for my first meeting. I sent her a follow up e-mail with things that we talked about. I will need to reach back out to her again last week.

After CMU, I had to make an appearance at RMU.8bP%DCGmSrK3ELa76+Z9KQ.jpg  When I got back to my car, and drove to RMU it was 10 minutes to 3pm. When I arrived on campus, I called John and he said, he was in a golf cart putting signs up for move in day and would be back in the office in about 15mins. I got off the phone with him and went to his office and introduced myself to the orientation leaders. They said, Oh can you call John and ask if there are any more blue orientation schedule sheets. We don’t know when he is coming back and we think he might be mad at us. I said, I doubt he is mad at you guys.  I called him and asked about the orientation sheets and said, we will probably need to print more. I got off the phone with him and told the leaders to separate the ones that need the orientation schedules from the bags that already has them and to count up the finished ones from the non finished ones. Then the Assistant Dean of Students came into the office. We said, hi! We talked about orientation if she needed anything. I told her my schedule at CMU. She said, oh okay, well there is a commuter event tomorrow. I told her I would love to help with it. She said, “okay, it is at 1pm.” Then John came into the office and she told him that I was helping. John and I went into his office. He said, “The commuter event is tomorrow.” I said, “No, it’s on Friday.” He said, “No that is the transfer student event.” I asked if he could pull up the schedule. I looked at the schedule and he was right the event is tomorrow. He said, “You are at CMU tomorrow.” I took a deep breath. He was right. I opened my mouth and said, I could do something, but I really can’t. I have a scheduling conflict. The assistant Dean of students, entered his office and John told her I had scheduling conflict. She said, that it was okay. I felt bad. John told me there would be other opportunities and he was right.
As I was getting ready to leave for my hair appt, he gave me some t-shirts and some RMU swag for orientation. I was helping with a Monte Carlo event on campus tomorrow night, aTransfer Student Event on Friday, the student-athlete orientation on Sunday, and I will be on campus for Bobby Mania. I am sure I had enough going on to do.
When I left RMU, I went to my hair appt. I was so off. Misty asked me if I wanted some wine, while I wait for my color to process. I said, yes please! I have to admit it settled my nerves. For my hair, we decided to do some darker roots, and leave my ends blonde. It was time to go dark again and get ready for fall. This was my cheapest hair appt yet! When I left, I made another appt for 6 weeks from now. Then I went to the wines and spirits store and bought a box of the wine Misty had at the salon. It was so good and I don’t like reds. It is called Naked Grape, Pinot Noir.
When I got home, Drew was there to make me smile. He gave me a hug and told me that it was okay. 🙂 It was okay. The day was over. 🙂

First Day at CMU

This morning, I got up when Drew left for work. I was a bit nervous, but ready. I kept thinking I am ready. I got this. I can do this. I arrived at the bus stop at IKEA in Robinson. They have a park n ride. I haven’t had to take the bus in so long. I am sure it was weird for Drew too he was driving to Pitt without me for the first time in awhile.

When I got on the bus, I took a seat towards the back and kept my sunglasses on, so  I wouldn’t make eye contact with anyone. When the bus arrived in Oakland, and we were passing by the Starbucks on Forbes, the street you would turn down to go to Posvar Hall, and straight head was the Cathedral. I smiled. I had little tears in my eyes.  I miss the people, but I don’t miss the position. I miss seeing Nancy already.  I miss the familiarity.

When we passed Craig street, I pulled the stop request wire and the bus stopped at CMU’s campus. It was Orientation week, so there were students everywhere. I got off the bus, and walked across the street. My internship supervisor said that he would meet me in front of the Cohon Center. I saw a building that said Cohon Center. I walked towards that building and eventually found an Au Bon Pain. I ordered a Vanilla latte with Soy milk. I haven’t had an Au Bon Pain in so long. I took a seat and changed out of my Nike’s and put on my black ballet flats. Then gathered my things, and walked towards the front. I stood around in awe just looking around. I wanted to take it all in for a minute until I had to meet my supervisor. I heard someone calling my name, and I turned around it was Kate. She is in my program at Pitt. She said, Welcome! I smiled and said, “Think You.” We hugged. She took me downstairs to the office.

When we reached the SLICE office, she said, “Look who I found.” I introduced myself to Jesse and Andrew. Andrew gave me a hug and said, Welcome!  He showed me to my desk
9Vr65cnyQ4+AdhNCfN4hew.jpg and on my desk was a t-shirt, a CMU water bottle, a little envelope with my name on it, and a folder that contained my itinerary for the next couple weeks. I felt so welcomed! The water bottle was my favorite thing on the desk! It is pink and glittery, for not knowing me, they really know me.  I opened my folder, and read through some of the documents, and turned on my computer and entered in my AndrewID and got settled. I had meetings lined up all week, and trainings. This is when the nerves actually set in.

At lunch, I grabbed food with Kate and we sat at a table and chatted about classes and CMU. After we ate, she had to go upstairs to cover Dawn’s lunch she is the front desk admin in the SLICE office upstairs. I entered the office, and met some more people and we hung out in the lobby, then my next meeting was with Andrew.

In the afternoon, three o’clock came fast! I had to go outside and catch the bus to take me back to Pitt, so I could ride home with Drew. I was excited to see him. I hung out in Hogwarts and caught up on my day planner and browsed through my phone. It was pretty hot and humid outside. I had so much to get used to, but it was a great first day!

Last Day at the Wave Pool

This morning, we went to the wave pool. It was going to probably be the last Saturday we could attend. Our schedules are jam packed when school starts. It was hot and humid out so it was the perfect pool day.

When we approached the pool, and walked along the green turf we noticed that half the pool was roped off. Drew said, “oh I bet they don’t have enough life guards. They all went back to school.” I said, “yea, they could have charged us half the price.” Image result for dashboard confessional so long sweet summerWe laid out on our towels, and lathered up with sunscreen. I laid in the water for a while. I felt like I was trapped in a Dashboard Confessional song. Specifically, the song that says, “So long sweet summer.”

Anyway, we stayed until about 2:30pm, then I had some things I needed to accomplish before I started at CMU on Monday. I was a bit nervous to start a new institution, but excited to see what the week was going to bring.

On Sunday, we organized the basement, and got some things put away in plastic bins and taken down to the garage, or thrown out. There is a good chance Drew is going to be working from home soon in the near future, and I already claimed the upstairs extra bedroom as my office. Also, it gave us a reason to go through the random things in the basement.

 

Last Day at Pitt

Today, is my last day working at Pitt in the Sociology Department. I am still going to be a graduate student in the School of Education’s Higher Education Management Program. I can’t believe it. I have learned so much here. I met my co-workers, who are my lifelong friends Wynn, Jenna, and Nancy.

Wynn, has been my mentor. She has helped me so much in this role. Sometimes we just go for walks outside around the building and talk about trashy novels. She was in my part of my position before Sociology became part of the Social Sciences Division. She is a departmental coordinator in Political Science now but was still willing to help me navigate my position, and was always there for me for anything.

Jenna, took Nicolette’s old position in Africana. Jenna has her Master’s in Italian. She is so sweet, and eventually took a job at Google and left the University. She and I still keep in touch.

Nancy, has been at Pitt since was 17 years old. Nancy will be retiring in January. She has been so awesome. She was like another mother figure to me. She would say the funniest things, and would always say her computer does whatever it wants. I will miss her dearly. Honestly, if I was still in this role, when she retired I don’t know how I would be able to do this position without her.

Being the Academic Coordinator in this role has allowed me to meet so many athletes. One of my favorite faculty members in this department works closely with the athletes. Sometimes some of the well-known football players and basketball players would stop by his office. I would make sure to say hi to them wish them well, and even get a selfie with them. I made friends with one of the advisors for the athletes and every once in a while, I will score some tickets to the football and basketball games. We are going to keep in touch. I am so blessed and so fortunate. I guess it is like any position. You can make it yours, and try to enjoy every day that you are in the role, or you can be miserable and count down the days until the next opportunity. I tried in this role, and I think I did well, but my heart is not in it. This position is just not for me and it is not a good fit for me and my personality, but I will miss my friends, and meeting the athletes. I hope to end up back at Pitt one day, but just in a different department, and on a different angle of the University.

Hail to Pitt!

Happy Hour

Melanie, the Director of Graduate Studies threw me a Happy Hour after work today. I invited my Music Department friends, 2 friends from my graduate program, and of course my husband. Melanie invited the faculty, staff, and graduate students.

Around 4:15pm, Nancy and I walked to the Porch together. We were the first ones to arrive. Caitlin, a Sociology graduate student met us outside, and so did Professor John. We went inside and got a table by the bar area, and pulled two tables together. I sat next to Nancy. Cindy, an administrator from History arrived and had a drink with us. Then Andrew (my husband), pulled a chair up and he ordered a drink. He was my ride home had no choice, but to attend. Professor John, Suzanne (acting chair), and Melanie all had wine or sangria to drink. The graduate students on the other side of me, Caitlin and Ellen were in attendance and had a beer of some kind. Also, arrived are three new graduate students I was happy to see them. I thought wow how nice!? I leaned into Melanie and said, “How nice the new cohort showed up for me.” Melanie smiled and said, “They are new and probably don’t have any friends, or do not know anyone” and then laughed. I nodded and smiled. Yea, she can’t even let me have a moment. Thank you for reminding me of one of the reasons I am leaving.

All of a sudden, in walked Professor Johnson, from my Music Department days. It felt full circle! I stood up and hugged him. Nancy was getting up to leave, so she gave him her seat. I was so happy to see him. He said I have to stop by and represent the Music Department! 🙂 Those days feel like so long ago! He stayed for one drink, then left.

Also, my friend Julia from my graduate school program showed up, and I stood up and gave her a hug. She squeezed in and sat next to me. I  took AJ’s chair and gave Julia mine. We chatted about the program and the registrar department where she works. I was so touched by the people in attendance.

At the end of the happy hour, it was me, Drew, and the new graduate students. I offered to show them the building where they would receive their student IDs. We paid our tabs and then off we went. When we arrived at the towers, I told them that after Orientation, they will go there and get their IDs. I wished them luck in the program, and then it was off to home with my husband. One more day left in the Sociology Department!

When Andrew and I were walking to the car, I couldn’t help but just look up at the cathedral for a second and smile. I told Drew I think I want to stay on the Hail to Pitt side of things for a while. Ya know cheer on the Blue and Gold and be all about the Pitt panthers, be a fan, and a student. I don’t want to work on the faculty side of things again.