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!

Busy Day

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.

Not a Good Day

This morning, I could tell that there was something on the horizon. I  didn’t know what, but I didn’t have a good feeling. I just felt so in my head with school and work. Yesterday, I had a one-on-one with my supervisor about things I need to work on, and about my review. It went okay, it’s things that I need to put in motion, when I am given the opportunity to do so, and things I can work on, it is all fixable. I plan to do all of these things. I just am trying to live up to everyone’s expectations in my work life, and the expectations I have set for myself, and then the professors expectations. I was just so in my head today.

Today, I was going to leave early to take my final for methodology. I wasn’t sure how it was going to go, because I am a terrible test taker, and I didn’t do too well on the midterm.
Around 12:40pm Brian came by to meet me. We had to head over to the Petersen to get our assignments. We were volunteering to be line marshals for the Ph.D commencement ceremony. I really want to get involved with Special Events, and or Athletics. I hope to eventually one day be in a position in one of those two departments.
When we arrived at the Loading Dock, we met with a woman from special events, I can’t remember her name, but we met before. She and I worked for the Frontier’s conference last year, or two years ago now. She remembered me, which was nice. She walked us up to the food court level, and told us our responsibilities. The graduates will be sitting in this area, and explained to us our duties. Nothing too major.
After we left the Pete, I went to the parking garage, and got into my car and drove home. Once I got home, I grabbed a beer, and made something to eat. I was a little hungry. Then I set up my computer and Andrew’s computer, so I could take the final on one, and research on the other. The final wasn’t too bad, I feel like I knew more, than I did on the midterm, but still I never know. There were a few I wasn’t too sure about and couldn’t find the answer in my notes, this always happens. I clicked submit and it only took me an hour or so.
Afterwards, I went to RMU and it felt good to drive on campus and be in familiar area. I really needed to be where things were familiar. I remember when this was my biggest hurdle in life. Things are harder; my job, grad school, and sometimes my marriage, but RMU is home. It is where it all started. It still has the same magical feeling to me, as it did, when I first arrived. I met my best friend here, Anthony. I grew so much here, academically, mentally, and emotionally.
When I got home, Drew was home. We greeted each other and he asked how many final went? I told him how I felt and how I wasn’t sure, but it felt like I knew more than I did on the midterm. I got ready to go to ballet barre class. I was going to be late, but at least it was something.
When i arrived, I missed some warm ups, so I just dove right into it. She changed up the routine a little, and I wasn’t quite getting the move that she was doing, so she came over and stood in front of me, so I could see and started do the move, so I could do it properly. I have never had to have that type of instruction. I know she was doing her job, so I fluffed it off, but I was so annoyed. I am good at this, usually, but just not today for some reason.
After barre was over, my butt and legs were swore so I know I definitely go something out of it, even though I was late to class. Chris, the instructor asked me if I went on my trip yet? I told her no, not until May 23-June 1st. She is supposed to train me, when we get back. I told her I was in grad school and it was preventing me from attending  class with finals, and papers, but it is over for the summer and I am hers. She said sounds good. I told her I would see her Sunday in Ambridge for barre class. She said, see you then kiddo.
When I left the gym, I went home, preheated the oven, and then got a shower. When I got out of the shower, I got dressed, and then went downstairs, put some fish in the oven, and made a protein shake. I was so over this day. I sat on the couch and turned on Reign. I wanted to finish the last few episodes. This was the least season. I am going to miss it. I love period dramas.
When Drew came home, he put the fish away, and then made me a lunch for tomorrow. He came into the living room and watched Reign with me. After Reign was over, he and I talked about my feelings and was there for me 100% and so supportive. He tells me I am hard on myself. I think I am too. I can’t help it. I don’t know how to not be. Afterwards, I went upstairs, brushed my teeth, and went to bed. It was going to be a long day tomorrow.

Busy Tuesday

This morning, I was late for the annual Graduate Studies; Grad Admin and DGS event at the UClub. I got tied up with Nancy going over the summer course work.
When I arrived to the UClub, Melanie as already at a table, and everyone was eating breakfast.  I put my stuff down at the table, apologized for being late, and then went and got breakfast. They had eggs, bacon, potatoes, pastries, coffee, tea, juice, etc. It was awesome.

When I sat back down, the Dean of Graduate Studies talked to us about the department and what is going on, how things are changing, and etc. All of the sudden, out of the corner of my eye, I saw something scurry across the floor. I look really quickly and I see this little mouse, popping in and out of the vent. He then scurries up to where the Dean is giving his speech and then hops into another vent. My supervisor saw it, and notified her boss, and then I told Melanie, and she didn’t see it. I just kept watching the mouse.
At one point, we were allowed to ask questions. I didn’t have any questions to ask. I just listened. I thought it was informative and it was best for me to just soak it all in that day.
After breakfast, I went back to the office with Melanie and we updated one, another on the happenings and my progress with mu work.
When I got back to the office, Nancy asked me what was all over my back? I gave her a weird look and then took my shirt and moved it to the front, so I could see it. There was mud on my back. I wondered how that happened, then I realized I did accidentally step in mud on my way over to the UClub and must have kicked it up on me, because it is all over my jacket too. She asked me if I walk like a horse? I laughed.
At around 1:00pm, I had my meeting with the graduate committee. They had a huge agenda to discuss. I took notes, but my e-mail notifications on my phone kept going off. I know its is important that I be there, but I have so many issues with the course work, and need to get things sent off to registrar. There were a few times that I had to get up from the meeting and take care of requests.
After the meeting, I had to get ready for my 3 months with Linda. I wasn’t sweating it, and I feel like I have been doing well. I wonder what she was going to say. When I walked into Linda’s office, I took a seat. She asked me, how things were going? I told her they are going well. I am trying to finish this course work for the Summer. She nodded her head. Then we talked about how she feels as though I have such a great personality and that I have really good potential, but she wants to help me shape my personality into a more professional one. I told her I agree with her. She asked me, if I wanted her help? I said, yes, please. So, we have a plan now, and she is going to help me here and there, so I can be more professional. She said, other than that you are doing well and will go far. I was glad to hear it.
After meeting, I ended up staying until 5pm. I had a feeling I wasn’t going to make it to the gym again tonight.

Better Week

This week was a much better week. I was busy and there was no drama whatsoever.

Tuesday, we stayed home and did some laundry and relaxed. We ate some left overs. It was rough day getting back to it after having a long weekend.  However, the athletic director of student advising and I are becoming good friends. I have been assisting with getting the athletes into various classes and he made some comment saying, “I may hire you in our department.” I said, “actually, it is funny you say that. I am a huge Pitt fan. I have a helmet in my office, and love going to Pitt games. I have been considering applying after my year is up in Sociology.  You will have to keep me in mind if any open positions come up after my year.” He said, “I would be happy to discuss sometime.” I said, “Perhaps we could meet up, have coffee, and we could discuss your department where might be a good fit for me, so when it comes time to apply, I will know what I am looking for.” He said, “Ok, lets reconnect next week.”  This is so exciting!
When I told Drew, he was jealous. He thought that would be so cool. I know there will be tons of benefits, but it’s so cool to be a part of Pitt in general. I am not pushing my luck.

Wednesday, we drove in, but we had to drop Drew’s car off at the park n ride. When he was getting in my car, I realized that I forgot my tennies. Nicollette and I were supposed to take SAFE self defense class today. I guess I could do it in my socks. I was sort of hoping she would cancel on me. When I arrived to my office, Nicollette said she couldn’t attend the class tonight. I was relived.  I had two events today both the UClub. The first one was with the Assistant Dean’s office. They wanted to have a meeting and go over our responsibilities and address any issues, as well as answer any questions.
Then I had to go back to my desk and work for two hours, then go back to the UClub for lite refreshments and to meet the big Dean of Arts and Sciences. Georgia came down around 11:30pm to my office. I was waiting for Nancy to come back so we could go over together. Nicollete was on her way down to my office as well. The four of us went to the Uclub together.
When we arrived, I got to meet the new Dean. It was pretty cool. She welcomed me to the Arts and Sciences Department and to Sociology. She seemed really nice. We all took a seat after we got a small plate of cheese and crackers. The new Dean gave a speech and told us about the innovative things they are working on in the Dean’s office and how they want an open door communication with the members of arts and sciences. It was nice.

On our way back to the office, Nicollete and I stopped at Starbucks for PSLs then it was back to work. When I got back to the office, I did little things until it was time to leave. The afternoon did drag on a bit, but then Mike asked me to make him copies of a quiz. He is having the football players come to the conference room today.  He sai

Thursday, I met up with Paula at the Farmers Market for lunch. This was the first time I saw her since her mom passed. She and I talked about the funeral and Jewish Traditions. It was so nice to see her. I told her that Jacob requested me to help at Music, but ended up not needing me. She said, he came to the funeral. She encouraged me to go to Geri’ service next Thursday. I really don’t want to and I told her my reasoning and she seemed to agree with me, but since I worked for her and with her it would be nice for me to go. I think it would look good for me to be there. I said I would sit with her. I asked Drew if he wanted to go, and he said, he would probably just stay at work and then meet me after since it is at 4pm. We are driving home anyway, because we are going to stay at my parents that night and that weekend.
When I left the farmers market, I went back to my desk and ate my salad. I text frank and made lunch plans with him for this month. I want to get his input on how things are going since last time we talked.

Friday, today, I am so happy it is Friday! It was a short week, but there was a lot going on. I am ready for another weekend. We drove in today. I had to make spinach dip for this party today in the Soc department. It is a welcoming event from 3-5, but I can leave at 4:30pm, which I am super glad about.  Tonight, we are just hanging at home and ordering pizza. Tomorrow we have a few things to do, but it should be a relaxing weekend.

Frontiers Conference

Frontiers Conference

Today, I had to get up at 3:15am. I was asked a month ago to work an event at the University of Pittsburgh for the President of the United States. He was coming to Carnegie Mellon, and it was rumored the President was going to stop at the University of Pittsburgh, as well.

When I got to the bus stop in Crafton (we were going to Leanne’s after work), I noticed that the busses are not going inbound to downtown until 5:00am, so I decided to drive into work. I got down to Oakland at 4:30-4:45. It was so dark. When I was walking down Forbes to the campus, the cathedral looked so dark and scary. There really weren’t any lights on at all around the cathedral. I was super paranoid.
As I was approaching the Starbucks by the William Pitt Union. I ran into Wendy. She and I worked the International Student event. She gave me a hug, and we walked to Alumni Hall together to see if maybe they would have coffee or breakfast for us. Well all they had was coffee. I reconnected with the Assistant Dean of Katz graduate school. He remembered me from my assignment at Katz. It was cool to be recognized.

Shortly after I arrived, Jason arrived we got the registration tables set up. I was going to work next to Stacy. She had the iPads. I had to check people in using the iPads. I had a lanyard on along with my security clearances. It said, White House “Frontier” conference on the lanyard. I was running on pure adrenaline. Drew brought me coffee and a breakfast sandwich from The Porch.

After checking exhibitors, and the guests into the building, I was done for the day. I didn’t expect to be done at 9am, but I was. I decided not to go into the office. I had a parking garage bill tallying up and I did block the whole day off to be at this event, so I just went home. I didn’t get to see the President, but I go to be a part of the event and that is all that matters. I did hear from Andrew later that day, that the President was rumored to be at Alumni Hall around 11:30am. Secret Service snuck him in through the back door, before he exited and drove down Fifth Ave, kinda cool.

When I got to my car, I was cold and my feet were wet from the rain. I decided to go to my parents. I missed my children and wanted to see my puppies. We took an hour nap together, and then I went to Leanne’s. Andrew was going to meet me there when he got off the bus. Dan was going to look at Drew’s car and see whey there was a noise happening when he was driving. I hung out with Leanne and Maci. We went to the store, and got stuff for dinner tonight, and played around in Aldi’s. When we got home, I helped her cut up the vegetables for dinner, and hung out with Maci. She is getting so big! I hate it.

In the evening, Drew got there and Dan looked at his car. Dan said he needed new brakes, pads, and rotors, so there goes more of our money this weekend. Money is just going everywhere these days. After they checked the car, we ate dinner and then it was back to Crafton. I am going back to Leanne and Dan’s on Monday, so Dan can change the brakes.

International Student Event

International Student Event

Today, when I got to work I was dressed for the International Student event. I wore a navy blue dress with beige polka dots. I wanted to dress up and look nice, but I just felt so bloated, and so weird. I think it is my period, but still I was so annoyed. I wanted to do well, and feel well for the event. I couldn’t wait until 2pm. I went to lunch at 12pm.

When I left for the event, Paula seemed weird. She was weird with me all day. It’s whatever. I am going to do what I want to do to get my name circulated in the events department at Pitt. This is what I like to do, and it’s not sitting around waiting for Geri to give me a task to do. Ugh! As a temp, we are allowed to make connections and get our name out there within the University. We are still allowed to network.

At the event, I formally introduced myself to Jason. We shook hands, and he introduced me to his team. Jason called the Music Department, looking for the members of the Jazz Ensemble Director. He wanted to see if maybe they would play at the International Student Event. I had to ask around the Music Department about this and supposedly the day of the International Student event, is when the Music Department hosts auditions for the Jazz Ensemble. When I broke the news to Jason, he was grateful that I was able to try to find out the answer, and then I offered my help at the event. I told him how interested I am in helping out at events, and how I have experience with events. He was grateful that I wanted to help out, and gave me his cell phone number.

Jason placed me with Wendy. Our task was to have the International students sign a poster, and get their picture next to our Pitt backdrop. I love interacting with people, and working events it is one of my passions. I am people person, and I am good at it.

All of the sudden I looked to my right, and saw Roc and the cheerleaders. I was star struck to see the Pitt Panther! I couldn’t believe it! I grabbed my phone and got a selfie with Roc.

I sent it to Drew, my mom, and his mom. I quickly put my phone away after the selfie. I was working and didn’t want to be on my phone.

At one point during the event, it started to rain. Wendy and I ran under the tent. The rain was blowing into the tent. No one thought to save the sign with students’ signatures on it. We all stood around the food and ate from the buffet. Drew came down after he got off work, and met Jason, Wendy, and some of the members of the Special Events team. Jason talked me up to Drew and it felt good to hear. Countless times I have heard people talk Drew up, but now someone was talking me up. It felt so damn good. Jason mentioned to me in front Drew that Obama is coming in to visit Pitt, and therefore needed me to help with that event on October 13, to be in the presence of the President would be so cool! I am so excited to work more events. I just wish there as an opening for me to do this full-time, or to be able to do more, without consulting the Temp Department, or Paula.

On way to the bus, I started to get like indigestion, and acid reflex. It started to feel like something was stuck in my throat, and it caused a dry cough, and it is sorta tough to swallow. It is still a little like that today. I had some moments where it felt like I was going to throw up, a bit. We had plans to go to the gym today, but I decided against going. I just wanted to hang out on the couch. I know I needed to go, but I just couldn’t today. We had to walk from Oakland to downtown, as well again today, and it was so humid and sticky. This walking every day from Oakland to Downtown is getting to me. I am over it!

When we got home, I got a cold shower, and Drew went to the gym. I stayed on the couch and watched Mistresses, and waited for my husband to come home. Once he got home, we made eggs, and I pulled the chicken out of the oven that I made for him for lunch tomorrow. I felt slightly better, but I still had that feeling in my throat, and it kinda burns. I don’t know what is wrong.