Last Day at CMU

Today, is my last day at CMU. It is a weird way to finish my time. In the morning, I had a staff meeting. Paris and Louie joined me. It will be alittle hard to get things done, but I am happy to be here with them. I love my babies. After my staff meeting, I had my final meeting with Andrew. We went over my evaluation, and it was all good. In the late afternoon, Andrew hosted a virtual farewell party. We played a Kahoot game and he showed me the gift that the SLICE office purchased for me. They got me little wine glasses with the CMU crest on them. I am s grateful for my time at CMU, and will miss everyone!

Star Wars Day!

Today, is May the 4th! It is Star Wars Day. I have on my Star Wars shirt and red lips for Darth Vader. He is my favorite villain (Next to Michael Myers of course).  I was ready for my zoom meetings today. I got a compliment on my shirt.

Today, is also Maci’s birthday. She is 9 years old! I made sure to text Leanne to tell Maci I said, Happy Birthday!

Nothing really going on here, just working on the Greek report. I have another meeting at 1pm.

May the Force Be With You!

Pep Tony

This morning, I had an ALL SLICE virtual meeting. I was awarded Pepperoni Tony! Pepperoni Tony is this stuffed animal piece of pepperoni pizza that gets passed around at the ALL SLICE Staff meeting. Pepperoni Tony is awarded to someone, who went above and beyond. I had yet to receive Pepperoni Tony, so when Oisin awarded me with him I was so excited! I was given Pepperoni Tony due to the Greek Report that I am compiling. I was tasked with creating this giant report of all the Greek Stats since 2011. I am going to work on it up until my last day. I am hoping to get it done before my contract ends.  Also, I had my dogs with me that day and Paris was on the call with me when I got the award. I said, “Mama got an award!” This is the highlight of my day!

Personal Belongings

I spent most of the morning and the past few days working on my seminar paper. I implemented my professor’s feedback, and my writing tutor’s feedback. I felt like I was in a good spot. I was in desperate need of a break, and Xed out of the window without saving my work. I was so annoyed with myself and so pissed off. I lost all that work. I sent a frantic e-mail to my instructor and we set up a phone call for Monday. My advisor sent me an e-mail to check in on me and I told him how today wasn’t a good day, but tomorrow will be better.

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Andrew got word that Pitt is going to close to non-essential employees as of today at 5pm. Around 2pm, we went to CMU first, to get my personal belongings off my desk, and take home my work lap top, so I could remote in remotely. Then we went to Pitt and packed up his things and took home his two monitors, and some personal belongings. Andrew is going to work from home remotely for the foreseeable future. It is a weird time right now. It is like a death happened. Perhaps it is a death to the old ways of things. Our lives are going to change. When we got home, Andrew set up my work space and we took it easy the rest of the night.

Advising Summit

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!

Increase in Responsibilities

In my assistantship, I have been tasked with a few more responsibilities. A staff took another position and is no longer in our department. The responsibilities of the position have been divided up. As a result, I have one more additional student organization to advise and that is AB (Activities Board) Publicity. Also, I am responsible for taking on more of the planning when it comes to the awards ceremony, and I am going to slate activities for senior week. Andrew (my supervisor) is still going be there for me to answer questions, but I am to try to take on as much as I can independently. I found most of this out on Monday, and then I talked about it with Andrew during our one-on-one.

At first, I was apprehensive about the additional responsibilities especially being more independent. I am afraid to not do well, and not do a good job. I did feel better after talking about it during the one-on-one meeting with Andrew. It has been a busy week.

I did not have class this evening, so I went to the gym and got a really good work out. I have been doing the elliptical lately. I did 1 hour on the elliptical and then did some weights. I don’t get a chance to work out as much, and I know there are people out there who think that an hour on the elliptical is too much, but it feels so good, and I actually feel like I get a great work out in, because of it. More so than when I work out on the treadmill.

After the gym, I went home and hung out until Drew came home from class. When he came home, we talked about work, and etc. It was so nice just go to the gym, and be able to clear my head. Talking with Drew helped as well.

Tartan Leadership Conference

Today, was the Tartan Leadership Conference. I was to facilitate a session on Authentic Leadership using the Self-Authorship theory and applying it to the Social Change Model. I also had a short little activity to accompany my presentation.

Overall it was good practice. There were only 4 people in my session. Only two people really talked and held discussion with me.  I tried. It was my first time doing this presentation. I don’t think it went horribly, but I think it could have been better, but it was good practice.

When I got home I went to the gym again. I knew if I went home I would want to pass out on the couch, so I decided to just get a decent work out in. This time I went on the elliptical for 30 mins and I feel like I got a better work out on there, then I do when I get on the treadmill.

In the evening, Andrew and I made dinner and meal prepped for the week ahead. I am not ready for another week to begin.

CMU Tartans Game

I went to my first CMU Tartan’s basketball game. I had to help hand out tossle hats to the first 50 people, who came for the men’s game and the women’s game. The men’s game was first. Andrew and I really enjoyed watching them play. They didn’t really shoot well, but they played hard.

When it was time for the women’s game to start we stayed until the hats were gone, then we left. We did not stay for the game.

When we got home, I changed my paper around some more and added more. I was anxious to finish this completely. I figured I would submit it later tonight. I wasn’t in a hurry to submit it.

Other than that, nothing exciting happened on Sunday.

What are you passionate about?

At CMU we have an annual event called Winter Week of Welcome. We have a full slate of events planned for the students. Today, it was Wellness Wednesday.

We had one of the meeting spaces in the main building designated as a relaxation room with Himalayan salt lamps, a powerpoint with peaceful images, and had mediative music playing. Also, in the room was a masseuse giving 10-min chair massages. Outside of the room, we had green dot set up at a table five out porcelain mugs, and informing passerbys about Green Dot and power based sexual violence. The SLICE office had a table set up with coloring pencils and information about “Headspace.” We also had giant 24×36 adult coloring pages for students to come up and color.  We had this company come who is called Wheely Good Smoothies. They have you spin your own smoothie. You pedal the bike and the bike pedaling blends the smoothie! I asked one of the guys working the bikes if I could please have a smoothie? I just didn’t want to work for it! They all laughed and one of them handed me a smoothie.

Towards the middle of the event, I got my first 10 min-chair massage.  I didn’t want to get up. I told her she could do that all day.

At one point in the day, one of the security guards was walking his bike through all the activities, and talking to people as he passed by them. He approached me and said, “And what are you passionate about?” Now I never have been asked that question. I never even met this guy before. I said, “Wow I don’t now. You know what. I am not sure.” I can think of several things I enjoy, but not really sure what I am PASSIONATE about. I said, “I am going to have to think about that. because there are several things I enjoy, and that I like, but I am not sure what exactly it is that I am passionate about.” I asked him if he was going to be at the coffee with the cops event the next day (because he was a security guard) I told him I would have an answer for him then.

That question plagued me all day.  Why was It so hard to give an answer?

After CMU, I went home got a shower, ate dinner, and worked on somethings for an event that is happening at RMU on Monday. I touched based with Nelle. Then I read for Ethics, and prepared for the next day.

When Drew came home, we chatted about his day, and his class. I asked him that plaguing question, “What are you passionate about?” He said, “My love for you.” I smiled and said, “Damn, why didn’t I think of that. I could have said that! My marriage. Of course that is one of the things I am passionate about, and my love for Andrew, but what am I passionate about? I thought about it some more and I thought authenticity. I am passionate about being authentic. I strive to make a conscious choice to be authentic everyday.  I strive to stay true to myself and what I want. Yeah, authenticity, that’s my answer.

That evening, we started watching the Netflix documentary series Inside the Mind of Aaron Herenandez. I am very interested in athletes and student-athletes are my research interest so any way I can gain better insight into them the good or the bad will help me find ways to help them and support them better.

 

Back in the Groove

Today was my first day back at CMU since being out sick for two weeks. The Yoga Nidra helped, but I was hoping the pressure in my ears would go away soon.

I had a pretty full day. I met with AB Special events and we talked about the last day of classes event. Then I met with Bhangra in the Burg. I feel terrible for not going to their event on Saturday. If I wasn’t sick, I would have been in attendance. There aren’t any  regularly scheduled advisor meetings for Bhangra in the Burg in the Spring, unless it is just to wrap up their expenses from their event. I am so glad I got to meet theses women and was able to co-advise them. I learned so much from them.

After CMU, I met with football player that I tutor. We worked on his last paper. I helped him with some research and gave him some pointers on his paper.