This morning I arrived to CMU around 8am. I registered and got my name tag. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I sat at a table by myself towards the back and got some breakfast. They had muffins, fruit, and bagels. I noticed a woman who is in my program at Pitt. She joined me at the table. After breakfast, she went to the same session I did. The session we went to was about positive mentoring strategies through prosocial psychology. I learned some tips to better communicate better with students, who may be in distress.
After the morning session, we went to lunch. They had sandwiches, homemade chips, and salad. The tables had different signs on them such as, “International Students”, “First-Generation and Low income students.” We were supposed to talk about strategies to help the student group. They instructed us to sit at the table where the prompts are. I wasn’t all that interested in International students, but the woman in my cohort was so we split. She sat at the International Students table and I sat with the First-Generation Low income table. Mark, my friend from my program sat next to me. It was good to see him. We chatted about his blog, and he convinced me to keep my blog because admittedly, I was flirting with the idea of getting a new domain and renaming my blog.
After lunch, Mark and I went to the Straddling class session. The key note speaker Becky Martinez hosted the session. I so enjoyed her presentation. It made me think about Social Class, and she challenged me to think about my narrative and how we can learn things from hearing other people’s stories and sharing our own. I thought a lot about class and various identities. It was really interesting and insightful.
After her session, I left the conference and walked to Pitt. I sat at Posvar hall and sent some e-mails, and then I went to Hemingways for happy hour to meet with my friends for happy hour to kick off Spring break!