Post 3 Day Weekend

The next work day after having a three day weekend tends to feel like Monday, even though it was Tuesday!

I met with my advisor today during my lunch break to discuss a project that I volunteered to assist with. We are conducting a Market Assessment Opportunity. I am helping her collect raw data. There are two other women on the project. I have learned so much about group work from her class, and I even identified some of my bad habits when it comes to working in groups. I did well today. Group work can be difficult.

After the project meeting, my advisor and I met one-on-one about an opportunity that arrived via email on Friday. She said she would write a recommendation letter for me, before I was asked to interview. I hope I get this position. It would be such a great opportunity. We talked about my progress in the program, and an incident that occurred last semester. She was glad to hear all is well. We talked about my current job, and about a few people we know.

When I arrived back at my desk, I worked on some requests. Overall it was an easy day.

After work, I thought we had a CLA meeting planned at RMU. I was going to be late arriving so I sent an email to Nelle and Danny while we were stuck in traffic. They asked if we could reschedule for tomorrow. I said that would work. Once I got off the phone with them, I sent an email to my supervisor and CCed her supervisor. I hope they let me leave early again tomorrow.

This evening, when we got home, we cooked a keto chicken dish, along with some side dish left overs from Memorial Day. After dinner, we cleaned up, and I got a shower, then we watched Downton Abbey. I am getting him into the show. He likes it so far. I am rewatching it for the movie in September. I can’t wait!

Last Grad Class of the Semester

Today, I attended the volunteer luncheon at the Petersen events center for the PhD Commencement Ceremony. I walked to the Pete with Brian, who is also a graduate admin. Once we arrived into the Pete, we took the escalator up to the second floor, and then got into the elevator to go up to the campus view club. They had lunch for us. I ate Chicken Florentine, a little mushroom ravioli with a salad. We sat a table with someone from the Grad Dean’s office. This was her first time volunteering. This was my second time volunteering and Brian’s 3rd. I helped out at couple events for Pitt, so it was cool to connect with the friends I have in the Office of Special Events. 🙂

After lunch, we had to report to our designated areas for training. Stacy, from Special Events recognized me and gave me a hug. She thanked me for volunteering and was so happy to see my name on the list of volunteers. 🙂 Stacy explained our position and how we are to report to our stations at 4:15pm. The lunch or early dinner would be served at 3pm. I was in the same position as last year. I as working with the person from the Grad Dean’s office and was responsible for lining up the Arts and Sciences graduates. It is cool to be apart of.

After training, I went back to the office. I had my last Student Development Theory class tonight. My group was going to meet me in my office at 4pm to go over our presentation and make sure we were good to go for class tonight. I was ready to get the semester over with and go home.

After finalizing our presentation, we went up to class. I walked into the class room and sat next to my friend Julia. I looked at the board. They were playing hang man. I laughed a little. You could tell everyone was so over the semester and ready for summer.

Our professor, Max walked in and saw the hangman and it said, “We Love Student Stories.” Max had this smile on his face and he was laughing. I snapped a quick picture of him in frontIMG_1373.jpeg of the board.

When it  came time to present our student stories, my group went first. I wanted to be done. He liked our presentation and two people had questions for us including Max. He asked about our model and he said, we did a great job! I am so glad to be done.

After our presentation, 5 more groups presented and then he wished us a happy summer! I am excited to see my grade.

In the fall, I will see Max for Internship. I am looking forward to next semester, but I am excited to relax for the summer!

Leadership Conference Day 2

This morning I got up at 5:45am and got a shower and got ready for the second day of the conference. I also packed up. It was weird sleeping without Drew. I really am enjoying the time at Marietta and the conference, but I miss my husband. However, it was nice to get away for a bit.

IMG_1305 (1).jpegAfter I got dressed, I went down the hall to see if Sydney, Erica, and Dylan were awake or ready. Sydney answered the door half asleep. She said, it is 7am. I said, I know I just wanted to see who was awake and ready to head to breakfast. I am a morning person. I told them I will see them down at breakfast. I felt bad they weren’t ready. I  left their room and knocked on Jake and Zai’s door. Jake answered and said, morning. I said, morning! I told him that I just wanted to see if anyone was awake yet. He said, yup. I said, already I will see you at breakfast. I was beginning to think I was the only one. I took the elevator downstairs and it let me off at the lobby. I stepped out of the elevator. I looked down at my phone so I could text John. Then I looked up and saw him there. I approached him and said, “I was just about to text you. I thought I was the only one up and ready to go. I got some coffee and we went to see what they had for breakfast. It was typical hotel breakfast food.

Eventually everyone came down for breakfast, after we all ate we packed up the car. We were getting a little bit of a slow start to the day. We wanted to sit in on a couple sessions and eat lunch before we left.

When we arrived back on campus and to the conference, they were half way through the 9am sessions. We got coffee and waited for the 10am sessions to start. Sydney, Erica, and myself went to the presentation about how women can use certain strategies in Leadership to shift their impact in the workplace. It was pretty interesting. Then we went to the last presentation before lunch.

Lunch was stuffed peppers and flank steak it wasn’t as good as yesterday. After lunch, we made our way the car and started the journey back to Pittsburgh. The trip home went smooth and quick.

When we arrived back to Robert Morris University, we dropped everyone off and then we met up with Drew so he could meet John at the rental car place. I was glad to see Drew. We drove John back to campus and then Drew and I went home. We talked about the conference and the plans for the evening. Even though I was pretty tired, I still wanted to go over his parents.

When we got home, we brought my stuff in and hung out for a bit, then went to his parents for dinner. His dad made cauliflower crust pizza, and we snacked on chips and guacamole. for some reason, I was so hungry, and so tired. I had so much fun at the conference and can’t wait go back and explore Marietta!

 

Marietta Bound

Marietta Bound

This morning I woke up around 6:30am and got a shower. I was excited to go to Marietta. I had never been there before. I can’t remember the last time I was in Ohio. Drew dropped me off at RMU’s campus. I met the students at the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development Office. I over packed. I had 4 bags and that included my purse. I don’t know how to pack light.

When John arrived with the rental car, we packed our suitcases in the trunk. It was like playing tetris. Zai and Jake sat in the back right before the trunk of the SUV. Dylan, Sydney, and Erica were in the second row of backseats, John drove, and I was passenger. I was so excited.

On the way to Ohio, we stopped at rest stop, so we could change into our dress clothes. Erica and I didn’t want to wear our dress clothes to travel in. We wanted to be comfortable until we arrived, or were close to arriving to the conference.

After we changed and got back into the car,  we listened to Britney Spears the whole way there. I was so happy. Sydney is a Britney fan like I am.  the next stop was Marietta, Ohio!

Once we arrived on to campus, it looked so cute and so historic. I didn’t really do any research on Marietta before arriving, but it definitely had a very chill vibe to it. It seemed like time moved slow there and it was relaxing. There was definitely something spiritually relaxing about the place. IMG_1263.jpeg

The buildings on the campus have this historical and colonial look to them. I like that look it almost feels like you are stepping into history. Robert Morris University’s campus is like that in some ways.

After registration, they served lunch and it was a nice buffet style table with linen table cloths. They had chicken, salad, green beans, and dinner rolls. It was decent food, as well.

After lunch, they had the key note speaker, was Marjorie Margolies. She is the President, of the Women’s Campaign International, and former U.S Congressperson. Her story is so interesting. She is also witty. I enjoyed her speech.

After the keynote speaker, we had to hurry up the elevator Robert Morris University was due to present at 2pm-2:50pm. Once we arrived the room, the students welcome participants to their presentation, and passed out flyers and a pen to each participant. They started their presentation on time, and I was so proud of them. They all worked so hard to get to this moment. They did so well! IMG_1267.jpeg

After the presentation, we went to some different presentations. Erica, Dylan, Jake, and myself went to the Millennials and Diverse Leadership session. It was okay. I didn’t find it that informative.

After the 3-3:50pm presentation, we planned to leave campus around 4pm. We wanted to get back to the hotel and check in and get freshened up before the evening happy hour.

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When we arrived at hotel, we got our bags and checked in, I was so ready to get a shower and change. I needed to chill for a little. I was tired from the day already! John let us pick our room keys. I was 217, Jake was 218, Sydney, Erica, and Dylan were 223, and John was 335.

Once I opened the door to my room, it was a nice suite with two beds. I had never been in a hotel room by myself. It felt weird, but I could spread my things out. I laid on the bed and called Drew. We chatted for a bit, then I laid there for a second in the quiet. I didn’t bring any homework with me, and I didn’t turn on the TV. I just took in the quiet for a minute.

I got a shower and changed into jeans and a stripped top with my black flats. I dried my hair and then I got a text from Sydney and Erica. They said come over! I smiled and grabbed my make up bag and room key. I went down the hall and knocked on their door. Sydney did my eyebrows for me and then John texted me asking me what time we were meeting in the lobby to head to the happy hour? I said, 20 mins.

After the girls and Dylan were ready, I knocked on Jake and Zai’s door before going back into my room to grab my make up bag and Kate Spade clutch. I made sure I had all that I needed to head to the happy hour. We met up with John in the lobby and then we all got back into the SUV and drove to the Galley, where the happy hour was taking place.

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The sky looked so pretty. It was still a bit too cold to be outside. I enjoyed hanging out with them and taking selfies. They are the coolest group of students I will probably ever work with. We stayed until about 10pm, then went back to the hotel. We had an early day in the morning and it was back home to Pittsburgh tomorrow afternoon. I will miss Marietta.

 

McDonough Dress Rehearsal

Today, I took off work to go to RMU. The students were going to practice their presentation in front of an audience of student affairs professionals and my previous English professor. I was finally able to wear my blue Calvin Klein business professional dress.

When I arrived at RMU, I got a coffee first before going to the Student Life office. I had to print out the handouts for the presentation. I printed out 20 just in case. I was so excited to see my previous English professor. She and I have kept in touch via e-mail over the years.

Finally, I walked into the classroom where we were having the rehearsal and some of the students were there already setting up the room and getting it ready for the presentation. I was proud of them. I gave them the handouts I printed and waited for everyone to show up. John showed up first and he greeted me. I could tell that he was ready for this presentation and excited for the students.

A few moments later, Dr. Pamboukian, previous English professor, showed up and we hugged. I haven’t seen her in so long. We sat next to each other and chatted before the presentation. Before the presentation got underway, John made an announcement and introduced me.

I felt the students did a good job. They still have a little bit of practicing to do and they need to slow down some, but other than that. I am proud of them. They did a great job. After the presentation, the audience gave the students some valued feedback and things to think about before the actual presentation day, which is Friday.

After everyone left, John and I met briefly with the students to go over what time to meet on Friday and how things are going to go on the day of the conference. I am ready to get out of Pittsburgh for a while and delete my work e-mail off my phone for a couple days. I need a break.

When I arrived back home, I changed and met my parents for lunch at Armstrong’s. While I waited for my parents to arrive, I worked on some notecards for the presentation that evening. I am working with this girl Haley. She and I are competing against two other students, who are also presenting on the same topic. The winner automatically gets an A, with no rubric. The loser gets a rubric and slightly lower grade, if not an A-.

After lunch, I went home again and got packed up to go to Pitt to meet up with Haley. When I arrived on campus, I met Haley at the Career Center and we worked on the presentation until it was time to go to class.

When we arrived in class, I took out my computer and checked my e-mail. We were like the 5th group to present. I was ready to get up there and get it over with.

Finally, it was our turn, Haley and I were first. We presented and I think it went really well. The judges had some questions for us, but I think other than that we were good. The next group went up and presented. I personally didn’t think theirs was as good as ours and they ran over the time limit.

After all the presentations were done, the judges decided the winner for each topic. Haley and I did not win. I was a bit bummed. We also received feedback on our themes paper. I agreed with most of the things he said, but I still got an A- so I am okay with it.

After class, I met up with Drew I told him that we didn’t win, but I think we did well. He said, I am sorry, that sucks. I smiled and shrugged.  We drove home and then when I got home, I heated up my lunch from earlier and split it with Drew.

After dinner, I got a shower and then we got ready to watch the season finale of Siesta Key. It was so good. I am ready for another Season!

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.

Paper Writing

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 in relation 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 the paper by the end of the weekend!