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, I work virtually with CMU until 2pm. I submitted my ethical dilemma paper. At 4:30pm today, I have to present with my group on our case study. Our case study is about GPA calculations, and the readings are about for profit colleges. I thought how am I going to apply this to the readings. I thought about it, but it was a stretch. I typed up my thoughts in the shared google doc. I had a call with the professor for ethics class on Monday, I asked for his advice, and he said he didn’t have to use the readings for the week. We could use any readings in the course, just as a long has we had a good conversation with him about the case and tried to apply our knowledge. I reported back to our group, and we just decided to run with it and see what happens. I wasn’t all that concerned. Today, we plan to discuss the case study and the reading at 4:15pm. I know we will do well. This is the second to last assignment in the class. We have group discussions regarding the readings and one 3-minute video presentation on an influential author in the course that influenced us. I haven’t even thought about that presentation yet.
Right now, I have the window cracked open a bit, and the blinds are open. I am letting the sun and the fresh air motivate me. I plan to be as productive as possible today.
Yesterday, I got a call from my dentist. He wanted to know if I was able to come in at 11:30am to check my tooth. I told him I wasn’t in any more pain, the antibiotics helped, but I still wanted him to check to make sure it was okay.
When I arrived, I was the only one in the waiting room besides the receptionist. It was weird. This whole thing is weird. My dentist called me back, and he checked my tooth. he tapped on it, and it hurt a bit, but it wasn’t the tooth that I thought it was. He said, “Are you sure, it was the one you thought it was.” I said, “Yes, I was pretty sure, why?” he took some x-rays and actually showed me which tooth he thought it was. He said, I think either it is the one next to your crown. The filling maybe pushing down on that nerve, and causing some pain and discomfort. If that is the case, I am going to refer you to a specialist, or he is wondering if the tooth with the root canal is failing, but since I wasn’t in anymore pain he suggested I wait a week or two and see what happens. If I am still in pain, I am to give him a call and he can refer me, or give me some more antibiotics until the specialist can see me. I am not really all that worried about it right now. I just feel a little pressure no pain.
After the dentist, I went home. Andrew was out walking. I had a 12:30pm appointment with my writing tutor to discuss my seminar paper. The dentist was the big outing for the day.
This morning I arrived to CMU around 8am. I registered and got my name tag. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I sat at a table by myself towards the back and got some breakfast. They had muffins, fruit, and bagels. I noticed a woman who is in my program at Pitt. She joined me at the table. After breakfast, she went to the same session I did. The session we went to was about positive mentoring strategies through prosocial psychology. I learned some tips to better communicate better with students, who may be in distress.
After the morning session, we went to lunch. They had sandwiches, homemade chips, and salad. The tables had different signs on them such as, “International Students”, “First-Generation and Low income students.” We were supposed to talk about strategies to help the student group. They instructed us to sit at the table where the prompts are. I wasn’t all that interested in International students, but the woman in my cohort was so we split. She sat at the International Students table and I sat with the First-Generation Low income table. Mark, my friend from my program sat next to me. It was good to see him. We chatted about his blog, and he convinced me to keep my blog because admittedly, I was flirting with the idea of getting a new domain and renaming my blog.
After lunch, Mark and I went to the Straddling class session. The key note speaker Becky Martinez hosted the session. I so enjoyed her presentation. It made me think about Social Class, and she challenged me to think about my narrative and how we can learn things from hearing other people’s stories and sharing our own. I thought a lot about class and various identities. It was really interesting and insightful.
After her session, I left the conference and walked to Pitt. I sat at Posvar hall and sent some e-mails, and then I went to Hemingways for happy hour to meet with my friends for happy hour to kick off Spring break!
After CMU, we decided to go finish our Christmas shopping. We are so last minute every year. After we finished up at the mall, we stopped at Bucca to toast to the semester being over and receiving my grades. We ordered a spicy sausage rigatoni. The small size feeds three people. We split the rigatoni and of course had some bread. I treated myself to a couple glasses of wine. It was so relaxing the semester is over, and I am offically on Christmas break! I want to enjoy every minute of this break.
This morning, I was so sore from spin. I got a shower, got ready, and then went to go meet Dr. Pamboukian for coffee at Starbucks.
When I arrived around 8:30am, she was already there working on her tablet. I ordered my coffee and then approached her. She smiled and said, “hi.” She got up and we made our way to a table with two chairs. We chatted about literature, approaches to literature, new shows on Netflix, graduate school, RMU, and everything in between.
When I was an undergraduate, I was so intimated by her and all she knew about literature. I grew to respect her and value our friendship. She is definitely someone, who I admire. I seek her advice and feedback frequently. I asked her to attend the practice session that John and I hosted to prepare for the McDonough Leadership Conference. I co-advised 5 students to attend this conference. I wanted her opinion on their narratives.
Around 10am, she had to leave to teach class, but we promised to get together after the Christmas break.
When I left Starbucks, I went to my parents to drop off my hope chest. I asked my parents if I could store it at their house, along with my wedding dress (preserved in a box). Drew and I don’t really have the room. We are trying to clean out the furnished part of our basement, so we can make it into a room where we can entertain guests. My mom and I put my hope chest in my old bedroom, which is now a guest room.
Then my mom and I went to lunch at Hanlon’s in Crafton-Ingram shopping center. I told my mom how coffee went with Dr. Pamboukian, and how much I love hanging out with her. My mom was glad to hear it went well. We talked about thanksgiving, plans to go to the movies on Sunday, and how the semester is winding down.
After lunch, I went home to clean up the house some more and get ready for Drew to come home from work. I started working on my Diversity Initiative Proposal.
In the evening, we ordered pizza and watched Riverdale.
Tonight was the first meeting of the Colonial Leadership Academy at Robert Morris University. I was so excited to be apart of this event. We had a room full of bright athletes who were handpicked to be apart of the CLA.
Nelle, Danny, and myself met during the summer in the evening, after I was done at work to put the proposal together for the new AD, determine our mission and vision statements, our Pilars of leadership, and the curriculum. I was so happy to see it finally come together. The athletes seem so eager to see what we have in store for them this semester.
At the end of the meeting, the next CLA meeting will take place on September 30th. I will not be able to be there due to class, but I am excited and hopeful to attend future meetings.