Today, I drove to the bus stop by myself. Drew was off work today and had a dentist appointment to attend. When I got on the bus, I sat in the back where the engine is. I like the heat on my bum. I wore a dress today, because of the Ph.D commencement ceremony. I had to dress up a bit. I will have to dress up tomorrow too for the little commencement we are throwing our department.
When I arrived in Oakland, I went to Starbucks and got a venti, iced caramel macchiato. I should have had a hot drink, instead, but it was still so yummy. I was so cold walking to my building. I have an addiction to Starbucks. When I arrived to my building, I was on the phone with my mom for our usual morning talk. Sometimes it is okay, sometimes it is not. It just depends on the day.
When I arrived to my office, for some reason I could not remember the code to get into the department. Ugh, what is wrong with me? When I walked into my office, I got off the phone with my mom and sat down to start some requests and answer some e-mails. I was going to leave at 20 mins to 4pm today for the commencement and I wanted to get somethings done.
At lunch, I sat in the kitchen with Nancy, Kim, and Linda. We had a lot of laughs and good conversation. When I got my back to my desk, I did some more requests and answered a few e-mails. I am getting ready to close up shop for the day, and head to the Pete.
When we arrived at the Pete, Brian and I checked in and picked up our name tags. Then we went to dinner. On our way to dinner, we passed through one of the rooms that had monitors up on the wall, showing the different basketball players. I was in awe. There was this one hallway, where there were images of the great players in action on the court along the wall.
On the other side of the hallway was the training equipment, and rehab room where the players can train, or get worked on. It was so cool to see. We finally made our way up to the club level where dinner was. All the food looked so good. When we sat down at a table, Patrick from another office joined our table. He volunteers every year, but he works with the Masters degree candidates and they are in a different part of the Pete.
At dinner, I got an e-mail from Max, my professor for Higher Education Administration. He said, the paper, participation, and overall grade is posted up on course web. I immediately logged on and saw that I received an A on the paper, an A on participation, and an A in the overall class. I was so happy and so relieved. One more class to go, and she was going to be able to work with me if I didn’t do well on the final. She knows I am not a good test taker, but I have received As on the homework assignments, 100% on the paper, but I am just terrible at tests. I am hoping for a B, but I wouldn’t mind an A. I cannot get a C. A C is failing in grad school, unfortunately.
Around a quarter to 4pm, we went upstairs and reported to our posts. We met with Stacy, who gave us our sign in sheet and a clip board. Then we made our way over to our stations where Arts and Sciences were. We started checking in people, who arrived and helped them find their seats. I ran into some people from the music department. We chatted for a bit, it was good to see them. I tried to help someone with their tassel, a faculty member in Music was struggling with his tassel it was falling apart. The music librarian stepped into help and he said, “This is a tough one Angels.” We all laughed. Then I asked, “Can I be Cameron Diaz?” He started laughing so hard. He said, “I was thinking of the original.” I said, “Oh.” It was hilarious. Eventually the faculty member had to get a new tassel before the ceremony began.
At one point, I was talking to Brian and I looked over and there was my friend Mike from Athletics. I nodded to him and he approached me. He said, “How is it going?” I said, “it is going well, you?” He said, “Well we were having some building troubles but we are good now. The building was on lock down. They weren’t letting anyone in, but it is all good now.” I said, “Oh wow, that is crazy.” He told me to text him when I was done. I told him I definitely would. He was going to give me a tour. I was so excited a tour of the Pete!
After we got everyone lined up, and down the steps to the basketball court where the ceremony was going to be held. I stepped out of the rope, and next to me was Jason, from special events. He and I worked on a couple of events together, but then lost touch. We shook hands, and I said, I feel like we lost touch there for a while. He said, “Yea, I am sorry about that. I have been so busy.” I said, I understand, it happens. I tried to call your office, when I volunteered for this opportunity, but I figured you were busy. He said, “Yea, I am sorry. I didn’t return your call.” Then he got pulled away. I feel like it was weird after the frontiers conference. I didn’t really get asked to volunteer. I mean maybe I am reading into things, but I am trying to carve way into events, and or athletics, and I hope I didn’t do anything wrong. I wanted to ask someone about it.
When I left the room where I saw Jason, I went in an elevator back up to the Lawn Level where my purse was, which was under a table. I went to go find Mike first to let him know that I was done. When I walked down the long hallway, I noticed there was a sign that said, “Athletics Department.” I walked through that door way and started roaming around looking for his office. I didn’t know what number his office was, or where to even find him. I did stumble upon athletic director. Her office is so huge. It was so cool to be in this building.
After I exited that area, I went to another area, and I saw the tutoring rooms where the athletes recive special one on one instruction, and where they can take tests. I figured I was close, since he does something with advising. Eventually, I found his office. It was a corner office, no window, but it was much bigger than mine. I knocked on his door and he looked up. He said, “Are you done?” I said, “Yes, I am, but my purse is back towards the check in table.” He walked me back to the check in table, and I was able to retrieve my purse. I talked to Stacy the events director and she shook my hand. She said, “I kinda want to hug you.” I said, “awe of course.” We hugged and I hugged the other director that I worked with before on the frontier’s conference. I told Stacy my concerns and she said, that I shouldn’t think anything of it and that I didn’t do anything wrong and she will talk to Jason and keep her eyes out for me in the events department. I was glad to hear it. She asked me, if I was going to come on Sunday? I said, “I can if you want me to.”
Honestly, I didn’t want to work the undergraduate commencement, but this could be good for me to do so, so I figured I would just offer. It would be good for me to do, if they needed me. When I parted from them, Mike took me a full tour of the Pete. It was so cool to see. I was in awe. I went to go meet Drew. He was going to pick me up and take me home. I had so much to tell him about the Pete and my tour. He was going to be so jealous. When I got into the car with Drew, he congratulated me on my “A” grade that I received in Higher Education Administration, and kissed me. He was so proud of me, and it felt so good. When we arrived home, I got a shower and sat down to watch the Penguins and Capitals game. We were obviously cheering for the Penguins. I painted my nails and toes. They needed to last me one more week, and then I was going to get them done again. I am so thankful for everything today.