Coffee with my Professor friend

This morning, I was so sore from spin. I got a shower, got ready, and then went to go meet Dr. Pamboukian for coffee at Starbucks.

When I arrived around 8:30am, she was already there working on her tablet. I ordered my coffee and then approached her. She smiled and said, “hi.” She got up and we made our way to a table with two chairs. We chatted about literature, approaches to literature, new shows on Netflix, graduate school, RMU, and everything in between.

When I was an undergraduate, I was so intimated by her and all she knew about literature. I grew to respect her and value our friendship. She is definitely someone, who I admire. I seek her advice and feedback frequently. I asked her to attend the practice session that John and I hosted to prepare for the McDonough Leadership Conference. I co-advised 5 students to attend this conference. I wanted her opinion on their narratives.

Around 10am, she had to leave to teach class, but we promised to get together after the Christmas break.

When I left Starbucks, I went to my parents to drop off my hope chest. I asked my parents if I could store it at their house, along with my wedding dress (preserved in a box). Drew and I don’t really have the room. We are trying to clean out the furnished part of our basement, so we can make it into a room where we can entertain guests. My mom and I put my hope chest in my old bedroom, which is now a guest room.

Then my mom and I went to lunch at Hanlon’s in Crafton-Ingram shopping center. I told my mom how coffee went with Dr. Pamboukian, and how much I love hanging out with her. My mom was glad to hear it went well. We talked about thanksgiving, plans to go to the movies on Sunday, and how the semester is winding down.

After lunch, I went home to clean up the house some more and get ready for Drew to come home from work. I started working on my Diversity Initiative Proposal.

In the evening, we ordered pizza and watched Riverdale.

2nd Spin Class

After CMU today, I went home changed for spin class, then heated up some keto hamburger casserole from last night. I hung out for a while, and watched Jersey Shore reruns before heading out the door to spin class.

Once I arrived to RMU, I parked at the campus recreation center, and swiped my card at the front desk. I walked into the spin room and saw John was there stretching. I greeted him with a “what’s up.” I picked out a spin bike in the back next to two other girls. We chatted about the semester being almost over and thanksgiving break. I adjusted my bike a  little. I forget how to do this. The last time I did Spin was almost a year ago. It was last year at Winterfest.

Once class started, we hit the ground running full force. John is a great spin instructor. He plays awesome tunes and keeps us motivated to make it through the class. I probably didn’t push as hard as I could, but I already got my walking in today. I walked from Pitt to CMU and back to Pitt to where I parked my car, so my legs were already worked out! It was a good class over all. I was sweaty after and that is how I know I got a great work out. As soon as I got off the bike, my legs started to feel like jello.

After class, John and I talked about things I could assist with in the Spring semester. He and Maureen still want to utilize my help with events even though my internship class will be complicated and my hours will no longer count towards my internship. I was glad to hear that I was still going to be able to help as needed. Ideally, I would love to work at RMU full-time after graduate school. I am so grateful to John and to Maureen for giving me the opportunities to be involved and to build my social capital.

 

RMU Meet the Colonials

RMU Meet the Colonials

This event is one of my favorite events ever! I love the backstage element and being able to stage manage the event.  I fell in love with the event last year, which was my first year stage managing the event.

When I arrived, John and I touched base with Chelsea the SWA. This year, the event was a little different. John and I just help with the theatre part of the event (when the players enter the arena floor from behind a curtain to a song, and they do a dance). After the players come out of the curtain, then our part is over and athletics takes over.

This was the first, Meet the Colonials event in the UPMC Events Center. I got the basketball players lined up in the practice gym and asked them to please remember their order, so they go out to the front song, and the correct name.  The men were to line up first. The women were going last, because they were last year’s NEC champions. Dr. Howard, who is the president was the first to make his entrance, then Coach Toole, and the basketball players followed one by one. It was hard to hear when their name was being called and to queue up the players, but I was hoping all looked good on the court.

When the last basketball was called, I stepped out from the side curtain and walked up to John who was standing by the DJ table. He said, “You did a great job it looked so good.” I took a couple deep breaths. I said, John it was so hard to hear.” He said, “next year we will get you a headset. I nodded. It took me a minute to reset my heart rate. I was so concerned that it wasn’t going to go well, but I am glad it looked seamless, because I was a nervous wreck.

After the event, it took some time to wind down, the energy was high!

Scotty Saturday

Today, was the big day, Scotty Saturday! In the morning, I stopped at Dunkin Donuts to get the students donuts, who were volunteering at the Chili Cookoff. Drew helped me carry the donuts and the coffee into the gym, then he left. He was going to come back later in the day to check out the afternoon activities.IMG_2628.jpeg

One of the student organizations that I help advise put together the Chili Cookout event. It is an annual Activities Board event. The mugs that the students ordered are so cute!

My parents came to the cook off and where able to get a mug. They tried all the various kinds of chili.  My dad likes a more meaty type of chili, that isn’t so spicy. I was glad my parents were there and were able to get a mug. I showed them around CMU for a bit, then they left.

After the chili cook off, I had to go meet Sorgel’s at the loading dock to sign off on the donuts, apple cider, and pumpkins.
Then I get ready for the market place.  I went to go set up the tables, but I couldn’t carry the tables by myself. Thankfully, AB tech could help. They helped me set up the tables in time for the student orgs to arrive. I reported to the office for a volunteer meeting. Andrew said, Okay you need to get the tables set up for the orgs. I set they are already up.  I just need to get the table numbers on them. He said, “oh wow, okay. We have a student volunteer to help you, but since you already did it. That is okay too.” I said, “oh okay.” I smiled and I gave the student worker that was a signed to me another task to help me with. We set up the waiver table for the inflatables. Another student bought out the waivers for me for the students to sign off on, and then I grabbed some more pens for the students to sign their name on the waiver.

Once I noticed the orgs, setting up at the tables in the marketplace, I stopped by the tables and introduced myself. I made sure everything was set up and everyone was at the right table. Then I had to grab Ballard passes for the food trucks, and had them to person operating the trucks.

Then I reported to the merchandise table, where we sold merchandise for Scotty Saturday; hats and t-shirts. The hats and the t-shirts were $5 dollars each. We sold out of the hats in an hour. We had a ton of t-shirts left over. The sweatshirts sold out in an hour, as well. The sweatshirts were at a different table. Next year, more hats! Drew arrived while I was still at the merchandise table. He helped find me the various sizes. I was glad to see him.

After the merchandise table, Andrew and I helped break down the tables, and then we were done for the day! On the way home, we stopped at Little Tokyo to get Chinese food for dinner. It was such a long day, but it was a good first Scotty Saturday!

Catching Up

After CMU, I went to RMU to meet with John around 3pm. We talked about the Meet the Colonials event, and how I am to be stage manager, and where I will be stationed for the event. It is one of my favorite events to assist with.  We also had a quick meeting with the Assistant Dean of Students and she approved the commuter student program proposal. We are set with a date, time, and location. I need to reach out to other people in the University to see who can collaborate and talk about the services that RMU has for commuter students. I also asked my best friend Anthony to come speak. He was super involved as a commuter student, where I was not. I didn’t get involved until it was my second to last semester and then it was too late. If I didn’t get involved, I wouldn’t have met Anthony. 🙂 John and I set up our next meeting for next Friday after the MTC event.

After my meeting with John, I stopped at the store and picked up a small box of Blackbox Pinot Noir wine. I wanted to treat myself after the event on Saturday. Drew also wanted a case of Truly.

Then I went home to my husband, and started to cook dinner as he finished up working.

After dinner, we went to the mall to get out for bit. We bought two candles at Bath and Body works, and then to Spirit Halloween. IMG_2627 I make sure to donate every year.

Plus you get these really cute bracelets.  I have a little collection of them. I think it is a good cause for a halloween lover like me.

Friday Evening

Friday Evening

This evening, I stopped at RMU’s Octoberfest. John, invited Andrew and I to stop by. Once we arrived, I didn’t see him at first even though he was standing right in front of me. We had laugh at that. Andrew and I got some food and took a seat a table, John joined us. We talked about all things RMU and things I could be involved in and one of them is the Meet the Colonials event, which is happening on October 17th. I am so excited about that event. I get to be stage manager again!

After Octoberfest, we went home for a little, then it was back out the door again. I had to stop by CMU and check in on the Late-Night event. This one was called the Colors of India. I received my first Airbrush Henna tattoo, and ate a samosa. I sent some pictures to Andrew and we left around 10:30pm.

RMU Homecoming Game

RMU Homecoming Game

This morning, I was a little tired from the Late-Night event, but it was RMU’s homecoming!

Around 12pm, I met with the Assistant Dean of Students to help her coordinate the logistics for homecoming court. I love being back on campus. RMU is my home.

When it was time to crown the homecoming king and queen, I helped her pin the corsages on the candidates and followed them on to the field. We stood on the sidelines until it was time. Dr Howard and his wife came onto the sidelines with us. I introduced myself to Dr. Howard and I told him who I was, and how I was an alumna here at RMU and how I am in graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh and I am expected to graduate in 2020. He said, what do you want to do after graduation? I said, I want to come home to RMU. He nodded and smiled. He said, here is my card I may have a project I need your help with. He told me to send him my resume. I told him that I would do so as soon as I left here today. I also told him that I am graduate intern in the office of student activities and leadership development, under John Locke. He was glad to hear it and said that he didn’t want to interfere with John, but to e-mail him my resume. I was so excited!