Today, is my last day at CMU. It is a weird way to finish my time. In the morning, I had a staff meeting. Paris and Louie joined me. It will be alittle hard to get things done, but I am happy to be here with them. I love my babies. After my staff meeting, I had my final meeting with Andrew. We went over my evaluation, and it was all good. In the late afternoon, Andrew hosted a virtual farewell party. We played a Kahoot game and he showed me the gift that the SLICE office purchased for me. They got me little wine glasses with the CMU crest on them. I am s grateful for my time at CMU, and will miss everyone!
This morning, I had an ALL SLICE virtual meeting. I was awarded Pepperoni Tony! Pepperoni Tony is this stuffed animal piece of pepperoni pizza that gets passed around at the ALL SLICE Staff meeting. Pepperoni Tony is awarded to someone, who went above and beyond. I had yet to receive Pepperoni Tony, so when Oisin awarded me with him I was so excited! I was given Pepperoni Tony due to the Greek Report that I am compiling. I was tasked with creating this giant report of all the Greek Stats since 2011. I am going to work on it up until my last day. I am hoping to get it done before my contract ends. Also, I had my dogs with me that day and Paris was on the call with me when I got the award. I said, “Mama got an award!” This is the highlight of my day!
Today, was the Tartan Leadership Conference. I was to facilitate a session on Authentic Leadership using the Self-Authorship theory and applying it to the Social Change Model. I also had a short little activity to accompany my presentation.
Overall it was good practice. There were only 4 people in my session. Only two people really talked and held discussion with me. I tried. It was my first time doing this presentation. I don’t think it went horribly, but I think it could have been better, but it was good practice.
When I got home I went to the gym again. I knew if I went home I would want to pass out on the couch, so I decided to just get a decent work out in. This time I went on the elliptical for 30 mins and I feel like I got a better work out on there, then I do when I get on the treadmill.
In the evening, Andrew and I made dinner and meal prepped for the week ahead. I am not ready for another week to begin.
After the princess parties, I got changed back into my normal clothes. I said goodbye to Tracy and thanked her. I had to run home and get ready for an event for Carnegie Mellon University. They were doing a senior year experience event at the Candle Lab in Lawrenceville. I kept my false eye lashes on. My supervisor from CMU greeted me when I arrived to the candle lab, and asked how my parties went. I told them they went so well. it is so fun. I still have my lashes on. He said, that is good! He asked us if Drew and I wanted to make a candle. I picked out a jar and we sniffed all the scents.
We decided on banana brûlée, and bourbon. It wasn’t so bad at all. It was a little sweet with a little bit of liquor. We poured the wax in and then put the wick in and stirred the wax for a minute, or so. Then you have to let the candle sit for an hour.
Around 5:30pm, the students from CMU were being bused in. We were offering them food, and wine. My boss carded them at the door. Andrew and I wrist banned the 21 year olds, and they were allowed two glasses of wine. There were two groups of students coming. We had to make the food and wine stretch. It was fun to be a part of, but I was tired.
Around 8pm, we were able to leave for the night. I am excited to burn our candle.
This event is one of my favorite events ever! I love the backstage element and being able to stage manage the event. I fell in love with the event last year, which was my first year stage managing the event.
When I arrived, John and I touched base with Chelsea the SWA. This year, the event was a little different. John and I just help with the theatre part of the event (when the players enter the arena floor from behind a curtain to a song, and they do a dance). After the players come out of the curtain, then our part is over and athletics takes over.
This was the first, Meet the Colonials event in the UPMC Events Center. I got the basketball players lined up in the practice gym and asked them to please remember their order, so they go out to the front song, and the correct name. The men were to line up first. The women were going last, because they were last year’s NEC champions. Dr. Howard, who is the president was the first to make his entrance, then Coach Toole, and the basketball players followed one by one. It was hard to hear when their name was being called and to queue up the players, but I was hoping all looked good on the court.
When the last basketball was called, I stepped out from the side curtain and walked up to John who was standing by the DJ table. He said, “You did a great job it looked so good.” I took a couple deep breaths. I said, John it was so hard to hear.” He said, “next year we will get you a headset. I nodded. It took me a minute to reset my heart rate. I was so concerned that it wasn’t going to go well, but I am glad it looked seamless, because I was a nervous wreck.
After the event, it took some time to wind down, the energy was high!
This morning, I was a little tired from the Late-Night event, but it was RMU’s homecoming!
Around 12pm, I met with the Assistant Dean of Students to help her coordinate the logistics for homecoming court. I love being back on campus. RMU is my home.
When it was time to crown the homecoming king and queen, I helped her pin the corsages on the candidates and followed them on to the field. We stood on the sidelines until it was time. Dr Howard and his wife came onto the sidelines with us. I introduced myself to Dr. Howard and I told him who I was, and how I was an alumna here at RMU and how I am in graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh and I am expected to graduate in 2020. He said, what do you want to do after graduation? I said, I want to come home to RMU. He nodded and smiled. He said, here is my card I may have a project I need your help with. He told me to send him my resume. I told him that I would do so as soon as I left here today. I also told him that I am graduate intern in the office of student activities and leadership development, under John Locke. He was glad to hear it and said that he didn’t want to interfere with John, but to e-mail him my resume. I was so excited!
After work today, I stayed after work for the activities fair. I helped set up and put table numbers on the tables. There were 276 table numbers! All the student orgs that participated had a table to recruit members.
At one point my supervisor said, “come with me.” I said, “Where are we going?” He said, “on the roof.” I said, “cool!” We met up with the building manager, and she took us up to the roof. Once you step out on to the roof, you have to take a ladder to the top part of the roof. We walked in the direction of the fair, that was taking place on the ground below us. I made sure to capture a picture of the cathedral. The view was amazing!
It was such a bright day that day, so the picture looks a little dark.
My feature image at the top of this post, is the view of the activities fair from the roof.
After the fair was over, I stayed for take down and helped to take things back to the office. I met with Andrew in the cathedral. I needed to wait until he was done with class.
As soon as we got home, I took a shower, and went to bed. I was so tired.