Grad School, Higher Education Management, University of Pittsburgh

Spring Semester

I am starting my second week of the Spring semester. Last week I couldn’t seem to find the grove. I am still working on trying to find the grove. I am reminded by a phrase that I have heard before from an old friend when it comes to finding your routine, just keep moving, don’t think just do. I haven’t tried to stop and and think. I just keep going without thinking about it. My schedule is as follows:
French class on Monday Wednesday and Friday during my lunch hour at 11am-11:50am. I love learning French. The instructor speaks in English for a little before class. I say, Bonjour to him in the hallways before class. He seems nice. At first I was surprised by how much I could understand. I understood bits and pieces when we were in Paris. Sometimes I raise my hand and participate. Sometimes I don’t.

Tuesday after work I have Student Development Theory with Max. I have had Max as a professor before for class, two semesters ago. He is a good professor. The class seems like a lot of work for someone, who is part time in the program like me. I am wondering how I am going to be able to fit all this in with work and my internship, but it will work out. I have to try to do the best I can. I can’t quit now.

Thursday after work I have Legal Aspects of Higher Education. I feel pretty good about this class. My professor is interesting and nice. She goes over a lot of detail, which is good. She asked us on the first day, if we ever read any legal cases before. I told her that I did last semester for a paper I wrote on the Grove City vs. Bell case. I am excited about that class. I think it will be interesting. This is the only elective I could take where my schedule would be on opposite days. It is too hard for me to take classes on back-to-back.

Presently, I am sitting the common area of the cathedral, aka Hogwarts and writing this post. I should be reading. I will get to that in a minute. I need a breather from school work. I wrote all weekend (Saturday and Sunday.) Today, I turned in my essay and my summaries for Max. I don’t have any summaries do next Monday, which is nice just have to read. I will have summaries the week after next and a bibliography due. I need to meet with my group to decide on a student population. I really want to work with athletes. We will see how that goes.

One more entry about Friday night and I promise I will start reading.

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Paper Writing

After pumpkin picking, and shopping around. We went home  and I sat down to write my second paper for class. We had to pick a policy and or a court case, and describe the importance to Higher Education, as well as who was excluded, and who did the policy help or hinder. I chose to write about the Grove City vs. Bell case.

I am not one for reading legal jargon. It is pretty dry stuff. I think I got the gist of the case. Writing always came easy to me, once I sit down and start it, but it’s just getting to the point where I am sitting down and actually writing it.

So I poured myself a glass of wine and I think it worked. I was able to finish paper by the end of the weekend!

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Grad Class

This morning, I was so tired the rain and this dreary weather was wiping me out. I did not want to go to work today, or go to class tonight. For breakfast, I had coffee with just a little bit of creamer, two hard boiled eggs with guacamole. It was good. The guacamole is definitely a bit hotter, than I like, but it was good. Thankfully, I can have coffee and cream. I don’t know if I would be able to do this if I had black coffee. Image may contain: coffee cup and food For lunch, I had my salad like I always do, but I added some peppers, a whole avocado, and some tuna. I also had some spaghetti squash with peppers heated up (could have used some butter). It as good overall.Image may contain: food

After work, I went up to class and I ate my cookie dough Paleo bar.  Also, I drank so much water like 3 yetis full of water. I feel good today. I don’t miss sugar. I don’t miss Starbucks. It feels like I am doing something good for my body.
In class, I was talking to some people in my group about keto before class started. My professor looked up at me, and she said, “I have been doing it for years.” I said, “really?we are going to go have to talk.” She said, “Definitely! I recommend these chocolate and peanut butter fat bombs.” I was glad to hear her advice.

After we discussed Takai, we had a break. We took 15 mins and then went to the bathroom, or stepped outside the classroom to make a phone call etc. I talked to my professor about the keto diet. She was open to sharing recipes and tips. She told me to follow her Instagram for recipes and fitness pointers. I was glad to make that connection. I noticed we vibed in class after that conversation.

After class, I met up with Drew and we walked to the car. We talked about school, keto, work, and our day. I couldn’t wait to get home. Once we got home, I had two pieces of string cheese and then I was done eating for the day.  I feel like I had good day so far of keto day 1. Tomorrow is day 2.

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Leadership Class

When I walked into the classroom, it was the same classroom as the Monday night class. The tables were in pods. I took a seat near the back. On Monday night, I was in a group that was at the front of the class. I don’t like that so much. I much prefer the back of the room.
A few minutes before class, some girls from my class last semester walked in and took a seat at the table with me. I was hoping my friend Julia would be able to sit at the table too, but she ended up sitting at another table. She got there right before class started. The instructor is my adviser. She had a TA with her. I was a little nervous.
Once we got settled in, the professor had us go around the room and give our name, our school, and whether or not we had a leadership class before. It seems as though there were a good number of people, who had some form of leadership style class before and may not need to be in this class in particular.
At one point, one of the girls at my table said, “I thought this class was supposed to be smaller.” The other girl said, “Yea, but I think she opened it up to more people.” I try to listen to chit chatter as much as I can. You learn a lot, by just listening in.
After introductions, which took a half an hour, because it was such a big class, the instructor went over the syllabus and I see that we have a 15-20 page paper due on October 10th. It is a group paper, so it shouldn’t be too bad, but it has to be written in one voice. Hopefully, she will assign groups next class, so we can get a jump on this paper. This class and Politics in Higher Education will be the death of me. I do remember feeling like this last semester, and I ended up doing well, so maybe that is a good sign. I just get so in my head.
Throughout class, we did some activities and assignments in groups. It was so fun. I used to hate those things, but now I enjoy them. I do like a lecture and high tel type style. I like a little of both I suppose.
For next class, which is not until after Labor Day, we have to think about three books off the list that we would be interested in reading with our group. We have to pick one book per group. We have to analyze a leader, and we can’t pick president Trump.  I am ready to start this paper.
After class, I felt drained and exhausted. I met up with Drew and we were on the way home.  We talked about our classes and what he learned in Slovak class, and how class went with me. We talked about the assignments and how stressed I feel already. He is so supportive. Once we got home, I got ready for bed. I about had it for the night. I am going to be so busy this semester.

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Before Class

I have some time to kill before class. Sure, I could be working on my summaries that are due on the 10th. I would rather blog instead. I had an okay day today. It wasn’t as insane as it was on Monday. I don’t know what it was like here yesterday, but Nancy held down the fort by herself, and she survived. I was able to get some things done today, that I had been wanting to do for so long.

At lunch around 1pm. I hate my salad in the kitchen. It was too hot to go outside, and eat. I wanted to just stay inside. I am ready for fall and a little colder weather. I didn’t take a full hour. I just went back to my office and got some things done.

Now, I am sitting outside of Einstein’s and a friend spotted me. I might get interrupted, but I will have more after class. I have high hopes for this one, but we will see.

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First Day of the Fall Semester

Today, was the first day of the Fall semester. I felt like I was as ready for my second semester as I will ever be. I had my book bag packed, syllabus printed and ready to go. All I had to do was get through the work day first.

At work, Nancy was off. I forgot that she was off today, or maybe she told me and I wasn’t listening that happens too sometimes. It was the first day of the semester. I had so many e-mail requests and syllabi to make copies of. Some students wanting into classes that were full, and etc. It was a bit of a nightmare, but I kept it under control and handled it pretty well.

When it was time for class, I left department at 4:15pm to go up to the classroom. I was going to be in this same room on Wednesday as well. When I walked in, the room was in pods, like grade school. I wasn’t sure about all that, but okay. I sat with Julia, because supposedly we were in the same reading group, so I guess that meant we were at the same table.

Honestly, the excel spreadsheet was pretty confusing. I don’t know how I felt about that, but whatever. I ended up being at the wrong table. Julia was at the wrong table as well. I didn’t know anyone at my discussion table, except this girl from the Dean’s office, that I had to pick up keys from a couple days ago. She recognized me and we talked, other than that I didn’t know a soul at the table.

After we got situated, she let us go around the room. She wanted to know our name, where we are from, and what we did over the summer that was interesting. After introductions, the professor introduced herself. She gave an overview about herself and her background and her interests. She seems intense but in a good way. I think she will be challenging.  I like that. She gives off good energy too.

Honestly, this class will be the reading intensive class 200 pages a class, and it is going to be interesting. I am ready for it I think, but I find myself confused over the assignment for next week. I am thinking too much about it I think. I don’t know. I am sure it will be okay. It is the first day.

After class, we were out by 7:10pm. I couldn’t wait to see Drew. I met him at the cathedral. He was just getting out of his Slovak class. I was wondering what he would say about his class.

When I met him at the cathedral, I felt so much better. I felt more calm about everything. He is my light. He told me about his class, and I told him about mine. He learned the alphabet in Slovak so far so good. I am proud of him.

Grad School, Higher Education Management, University of Pittsburgh

Advising Apointment

I am presently sitting in the coffee shop of the U Club. I am prepping for my advising appointment. I have never been in this coffee shop before, but it is cute. It is called Brioche Doree. They have a little Eiffel Tower on the top of the pastry counter. It’s a cute quaint little coffee shop. It is not a cafe in Paris though. 😦 I am sipping a caramel latte waiting for my advisor to show. Our appointment is at 9am. She and I met before at orientation and I see her all the time in the building where my office is, but I am nervous for some reason.

There is so much going on at work and we are prepping for a new academic year. I am having trouble crossing tasks off my list, and now I am a prepping to start back to school on the fall. thus will be the second semester of my first year in Graduate School. I know that there is a lot of work ahead of me, but I am just trying to embrace it and love each moment of it. 2 more weeks and I will be back in the classroom again. Working full time, and attending graduate school part time. The reward will be sweet.