This evening Charlie Batch was going to be the guest speaker for Robert Morris University’s Colonial Leadership Academy. Previously, I met Charlie Batch back in 2014 when I was a receptionist for iHeartMedia (picture on the left). I was excited to meet him again. When we were introduced, I told him that I met him once before back in 2014. I showed him the photo. He then said, “Let’s update it.” I smiled and said, “Okay!”
I so enjoyed his speech on leadership. He showed video clips from when he started against the Baltimore Ravens, while Ben was injured. The Pittsburgh Steelers won that game. It was cool to hear him speak. He talked about his foundation the Best of the Batch. He is such a good guy. I am glad to call him part of my social network.
This morning, my voice was slim to none. I had tickets to the Pitt game, but the roads were slick, and more bad weather was on the way, so we just decided to stay inside. I worked on the signs for the RMU day of service event that will take place on Monday. I also finished my problem statement for seminar class, which was also due Monday by 12am.
Also, I was able to get some reading done for Ethics.
We started this new series called “Dracula” on Netflix. So far I like the book better and I much prefer Johnathan Reyes Meyers as Dracula, but it’s okay.
We also finished that Aaron Hernandez documentary, which is also on Netflix. The series shook me. It was only 3 episodes. I am not sure what to think of it quite honestly. There has to be something there with the concussions and the toughness of the sport that is football, but in true student affairs terminology there is just a lot to unpack there. There didn’t seem to be anything positive in his childhood either. It’s sad.
Today, is the first day of my last year of graduate school. It is surreal. I am not quite ready to celebrate just yet. There is still a lot of work that needs to be done. I worked at CMU today until 4pm.
After CMU, I walked to the Petersen Events Center, and met with Chris. I helped him complete the Blue and Gold sheets, and we talked about the Spring semester. I am glad to be able to continue working with the baseball team. I stayed at the Petersen until 6pm.
Then I walked to Posvar for class. I took a seat on a bench outside of the classroom since I was a little early. I ate my salad that I packed for lunch. I was dreading this class. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I did have the professor before she is good, but she is tough.
Once class started, she said, “all you have to do to get the degree is write a lit review, that’s it.” She also said, She is going to be there to help us along the way and give us feedback as we go to build a upon. We are going to complete this using the scaffolding method. We have to turn in sections to hear by a certain deadline and she will provide feedback for us to go on for the next portion. This is so helpful. I was more at at ease when I left the class. It was a long first day back. The class runs from 7:15-9:55pm.
When we got home, I got a shower and went right to bed. I can’t believe tomorrow is only Tuesday…..
This morning, I got up early and started to do some research for my literature review. I have some sources already, but I wanted to try to get a sense of what all I have and what I still need to find. I am a little nervous about this process. Thankfully, the processor is going to scaffold us a long.
I took an hour break and got a shower, and hung out for a bit before I started reading for Ethics. I realized one of the books I need to read for next week will probably not arrive from Amazon in time. I ordered my text books on 12/19 to make sure they would arrive in enough time and with the holidays. The one that was still on the way was from a seller, who I guess works with Amazon. The seller’s name is RushLtd. Do not order any books from them.
This evening I was able to shadow the assistant athletic director of events for the Pitt panthers once more. I was able to see what his responsibilities were for a basketball game. It was so cool to be apart of and so glad I had the opportunity to shadow him. I enjoy being on the sidelines of the court and being apart of the behind the scenes action.
When the players, came out onto the court to warm up. I made sure to high five them and wish them a good game. A few of them I knew from tutoring the baseball players.
Attendance wise, it was. bit empty to due to Christmas break. I was just so glad to have the experience.
After CMU, we decided to go finish our Christmas shopping. We are so last minute every year. After we finished up at the mall, we stopped at Bucca to toast to the semester being over and receiving my grades. We ordered a spicy sausage rigatoni. The small size feeds three people. We split the rigatoni and of course had some bread. I treated myself to a couple glasses of wine. It was so relaxing the semester is over, and I am offically on Christmas break! I want to enjoy every minute of this break.
After CMU today, I went to the cathedral and worked on some things for Assessment class. When we rehearsed our presentation last week it didn’t go so well. It was awkward and that is mainly because I forgot my script. I am getting to that point in the semester where I am just over it. I am ready for break.
Then I went to Drew’s office, he works in the cathedral until it was time to go tutor a baseball player. He wanted me to look over his final paper once more, and I was anxious to hear his professor’s thoughts on the suggestions I had for his paper.
Around 4:30pm, I went back downstairs to the first floor of the cathedral to meet up with the baseball player. The first thing I asked is what did his professor say about our modifications on your paper? He said, she liked them a lot and thought it was a lot better than what I had before. I was relieved. We talked about his conclusion and I answered any questions he may have had about his conclusion and then we were finished. I wished him luck and then I went back to Drew’s office.
When Drew finished he shut his computer down and we walked to the car, so we could park under Posvar. Drew had class this evening and I had a happy hour to attend.
When I arrived at Hemingway’s I was the first one, so I got some tables reserved in the back and waited for our class to arrive. Slowly but surely everyone piled in. We ended up taking over the back left of the restaurant. Drew came to the happy hour after his class finished up. We stayed for a while and mingled with our table, then we left to go home.
When we got home, it was about 10pm. I was ready for bed. One more class tomorrow and the semester is over!