Last Grad Class of the Semester

Today, I attended the volunteer luncheon at the Petersen events center for the Ph.D. 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 was 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 to 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 classroom and sat next to my friend Julia. I looked at the board. They were playing hangman. 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 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.

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

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 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, 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.