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.
After I left CMU, I took the bus back to Robinson to get my car. I got in my car, went home and showered. I changed into my Monte Carlo clothes for the event tonight; black leggings, black and white converse, and a black and red RMU shirt. I laid on the couch and took a nap.
When I woke up from my nap, Drew came in the house with some fast food for me, so I wouldn’t have to get dinner at RMU. I wasn’t sure what they were going to have to eat at the event. After dinner, I left to go to the event, and I was going to meet Drew there.
When I arrived on campus, I walked down to the cafeteria and talked to the orientation leaders. They told me the plan, and I offered to stay at the cafeteria where the event was going to be until the leaders brought the students over to the event. We devised a plan to hand out raffle tickets as they walk through the door. Emma was going to swipe them in, and then I saw my friend Skylar. I will miss him so much when my time at RMU is over. He told me I was not allowed to leave RMU. He told me he was going to glue my feet to the floor. I wish that was the case and I didn’t have to be finished with my internship there.
At one point, one of the orientation leaders went off to go take pictures, and the students arrived to the event early. I went to get her, because she is the only one who knows how to work the tech. I told her that she needs to show someone else how to work the tech, if she is not going to able to MC, because no one knows how to do it. She showed another orientation leader how to use it, but she ended up staying stationed at the mic the entire time.
The event went so well. I was proud of the orientation leaders. When Drew arrived, he told me his car was acting up again. He was pretty worried and seemed off at the event. We left together just incase his car would break down. Tomorrow, he was off work and planned to make some calls.
At CMU, I met with my first member of a student organization to go over the checklist for the organization’s late night event. After our meeting, which I think went really well, for my first meeting. I sent her a follow up e-mail with things that we talked about. I will need to reach back out to her again last week.
After CMU, I had to make an appearance at RMU. When I got back to my car, and drove to RMU it was 10 minutes to 3pm. When I arrived on campus, I called John and he said, he was in a golf cart putting signs up for move in day and would be back in the office in about 15mins. I got off the phone with him and went to his office and introduced myself to the orientation leaders. They said, Oh can you call John and ask if there are any more blue orientation schedule sheets. We don’t know when he is coming back and we think he might be mad at us. I said, I doubt he is mad at you guys. I called him and asked about the orientation sheets and said, we will probably need to print more. I got off the phone with him and told the leaders to separate the ones that need the orientation schedules from the bags that already has them and to count up the finished ones from the non finished ones. Then the Assistant Dean of Students came into the office. We said, hi! We talked about orientation if she needed anything. I told her my schedule at CMU. She said, oh okay, well there is a commuter event tomorrow. I told her I would love to help with it. She said, “okay, it is at 1pm.” Then John came into the office and she told him that I was helping. John and I went into his office. He said, “The commuter event is tomorrow.” I said, “No, it’s on Friday.” He said, “No that is the transfer student event.” I asked if he could pull up the schedule. I looked at the schedule and he was right the event is tomorrow. He said, “You are at CMU tomorrow.” I took a deep breath. He was right. I opened my mouth and said, I could do something, but I really can’t. I have a scheduling conflict. The assistant Dean of students, entered his office and John told her I had scheduling conflict. She said, that it was okay. I felt bad. John told me there would be other opportunities and he was right.
As I was getting ready to leave for my hair appt, he gave me some t-shirts and some RMU swag for orientation. I was helping with a Monte Carlo event on campus tomorrow night, aTransfer Student Event on Friday, the student-athlete orientation on Sunday, and I will be on campus for Bobby Mania. I am sure I had enough going on to do.
When I left RMU, I went to my hair appt. I was so off. Misty asked me if I wanted some wine, while I wait for my color to process. I said, yes please! I have to admit it settled my nerves. For my hair, we decided to do some darker roots, and leave my ends blonde. It was time to go dark again and get ready for fall. This was my cheapest hair appt yet! When I left, I made another appt for 6 weeks from now. Then I went to the wines and spirits store and bought a box of the wine Misty had at the salon. It was so good and I don’t like reds. It is called Naked Grape, Pinot Noir.
When I got home, Drew was there to make me smile. He gave me a hug and told me that it was okay. 🙂 It was okay. The day was over. 🙂