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!

Marietta Bound

Marietta Bound

This morning I woke up around 6:30am and got a shower. I was excited to go to Marietta. I had never been there before. I can’t remember the last time I was in Ohio. Drew dropped me off at RMU’s campus. I met the students at the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development Office. I over packed. I had 4 bags and that included my purse. I don’t know how to pack light.

When John arrived with the rental car, we packed our suitcases in the trunk. It was like playing tetris. Zai and Jake sat in the back right before the trunk of the SUV. Dylan, Sydney, and Erica were in the second row of backseats, John drove, and I was passenger. I was so excited.

On the way to Ohio, we stopped at rest stop, so we could change into our dress clothes. Erica and I didn’t want to wear our dress clothes to travel in. We wanted to be comfortable until we arrived, or were close to arriving to the conference.

After we changed and got back into the car,  we listened to Britney Spears the whole way there. I was so happy. Sydney is a Britney fan like I am.  the next stop was Marietta, Ohio!

Once we arrived on to campus, it looked so cute and so historic. I didn’t really do any research on Marietta before arriving, but it definitely had a very chill vibe to it. It seemed like time moved slow there and it was relaxing. There was definitely something spiritually relaxing about the place. IMG_1263.jpeg

The buildings on the campus have this historical and colonial look to them. I like that look it almost feels like you are stepping into history. Robert Morris University’s campus is like that in some ways.

After registration, they served lunch and it was a nice buffet style table with linen table cloths. They had chicken, salad, green beans, and dinner rolls. It was decent food, as well.

After lunch, they had the key note speaker, was Marjorie Margolies. She is the President, of the Women’s Campaign International, and former U.S Congressperson. Her story is so interesting. She is also witty. I enjoyed her speech.

After the keynote speaker, we had to hurry up the elevator Robert Morris University was due to present at 2pm-2:50pm. Once we arrived the room, the students welcome participants to their presentation, and passed out flyers and a pen to each participant. They started their presentation on time, and I was so proud of them. They all worked so hard to get to this moment. They did so well! IMG_1267.jpeg

After the presentation, we went to some different presentations. Erica, Dylan, Jake, and myself went to the Millennials and Diverse Leadership session. It was okay. I didn’t find it that informative.

After the 3-3:50pm presentation, we planned to leave campus around 4pm. We wanted to get back to the hotel and check in and get freshened up before the evening happy hour.

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When we arrived at hotel, we got our bags and checked in, I was so ready to get a shower and change. I needed to chill for a little. I was tired from the day already! John let us pick our room keys. I was 217, Jake was 218, Sydney, Erica, and Dylan were 223, and John was 335.

Once I opened the door to my room, it was a nice suite with two beds. I had never been in a hotel room by myself. It felt weird, but I could spread my things out. I laid on the bed and called Drew. We chatted for a bit, then I laid there for a second in the quiet. I didn’t bring any homework with me, and I didn’t turn on the TV. I just took in the quiet for a minute.

I got a shower and changed into jeans and a stripped top with my black flats. I dried my hair and then I got a text from Sydney and Erica. They said come over! I smiled and grabbed my make up bag and room key. I went down the hall and knocked on their door. Sydney did my eyebrows for me and then John texted me asking me what time we were meeting in the lobby to head to the happy hour? I said, 20 mins.

After the girls and Dylan were ready, I knocked on Jake and Zai’s door before going back into my room to grab my make up bag and Kate Spade clutch. I made sure I had all that I needed to head to the happy hour. We met up with John in the lobby and then we all got back into the SUV and drove to the Galley, where the happy hour was taking place.

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The sky looked so pretty. It was still a bit too cold to be outside. I enjoyed hanging out with them and taking selfies. They are the coolest group of students I will probably ever work with. We stayed until about 10pm, then went back to the hotel. We had an early day in the morning and it was back home to Pittsburgh tomorrow afternoon. I will miss Marietta.

 

Robert Morris University Basketball Game

Robert Morris University Basketball Game

Drew found this deal on his RMU e-mail for “Colonial Couples” couples who went to Robert Morris University. It was $15 and you could eat pregame food as part of the 1921 club. A few years ago, when the 1921 club opened, Drew and I were able to sit court side, so I was expecting to sit court side.

When we entered the 1921 club, they had chicken wings there, and you could drizzle your sauce of choice over the wings, hummus, pita chips, and potato salad. It wasn’t bad. The director of alumni networking approached us and asked us about our story as Colonial couples. I told her that I work at Pitt, and I also attend grad school at Pitt, but I am a graduate intern with John Locke, in the Student Leadership and Development Office. She said, Oh okay, I am actually looking for a graduate assistant. I told her I can be shared throughout campus to gain exposure to different areas on campus and network, as long as it doesn’t interfere with anything I am working on with John Locke. She said, oh I didn’t know that. I told her I would send her an e-mail with my contact information. I am glad I met her.

When it was time to enter the court, the band was playing and it was definitely a little different experience then going to a Pitt game. I approached Guest Services and they said our seats are in the bleachers. I said, “oh okay.” She said, “Yea, you have the 1921 General Admission tickets.” So we took a seat on the bleachers. It is weird the 1921 club section is on the visitors side, so we were surrounded by Mount Saint Mary’s people, but it was a good game. Drew and I are snobs we are not used to sitting on bleachers.
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At one point Romo came up to us, and I see him more now, than I ever did in my undergrad at RMU. He kissed my hand, and shook Drew’s hand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I did manage to get a quick selfie with him. I have a couple pictures with Romo.

I made sure to cheer on the Colonials and participate in the chants, “Lets Go Bobby Mo!” &”R-M-U!” The game was pretty intense. It was so much fun to be back at RMU.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew’s 33rd Birthday

Andrew’s 33rd Birthday

At lunch today, Nancy and I got pizza for lunch and invited Gene, Patty, Lindsay, and Kim. We never sit down and eat lunch together. It was nice. I was so over pizza. Drew and I ordered pizza last night for dinner. I am excited about the concert tonight. It is going to such a chill night.
After work, I met up with Andrew at the fountain, outside of the cathedral. He was walking down the steps and I got a good look at him. You know when you look at your spouse and you see them for the first time in a long time and they just look so good to you, even though you have looked at them 100 thousand times, but this time just seems different. We kissed, and then walked to the bus stop together.
Once we got to the bus stop, a bus that we needed to take was sitting at the red light. We still had time to hop on, but he seemed as though he didn’t want to open the doors and pick us up, but he did anyway. Once we got on the bus and sat down Andrew asked me, “What was his problem?” I thought the same thing, but I just shrugged and said, “It’s your birthday!” He smiled and we kissed again. I don’t want him worrying about stupid petty drama on his birthday.

At the stop for the T-Station, we got off the bus and walked across the street. We took the steps down to the T-Station. We took the T to North Shore and walked to our car. We dropped off our stuff and our bags and then went to get something to eat at Southern Tier.

On our way to Southern Tier, we had to walk a little ways past the stadium. I didn’t mind the walk. It felt like the first time we walked like this since, Paris.  I do miss walking all over Paris and London. We walked past the concert venue Stage AE where the concert was tonight and some people were already standing around. I didn’t think this was going to be a packed show, but I could be wrong. When we bought the tickets they were buy one, get one free. I wonder if the hype for nostalgia is slowing dying. I hope not. I love the 90s alternative music, and the nostalgia.
When we walked into Southern Tier, I gave the hostess my name, they said about 30-40 mins. I looked back at Drew he said, he was cool with it. They were going to text us when our table was ready. We figured we would just go to the bar and if something opens. At the bar, they so many beers on draft. I didn’t know what to choose from. I decided on the Lemon Sun Drop beer. It was like a Lemon Shandy. Because it was Drew’s birthday he got a free Crowler.  I guess it is spelled like Growler typically, but not at Southern Tier, they spell it Crowler. He chose the Lemon Sundrop to have in his Crowler. We were going to walk it back to the car before we went to the concert venue. I was glad he didn’t drink all that beer before the concert, although he probably would have in the past, but we can’t party like we used to anymore.   There were two guys standing at the end of the table, they ordered their food, and put the food menu back on the bar. Drew and I were talking about just standing here and ordering food. Drew asked the guys at the end of the table, and they said, they just put the food menu on the bar. One of the guys went and got the food menu from the bar top, and then handed it to Drew. He didn’t have to do that, but he did. He seemed like a nice guy.  Drew bought him a beer. While Drew was at the bar, I asked the guys if they were going to the concert tonight. They said, “No, but who is in town?” I said, “Gin Blossoms and Tonic.” They nodded their heads they said, they were in town for a golf outing. I smiled and said, “Very cool. where are you from?” They said, “Ohio.” I said, “Oh are you brown’s fans?” They said, “No, we are not.” They laughed. I laughed and I didn’t really talk to them too much anymore I didn’t want them to think I was flirting. I have to be careful about that. I am naturally friendly and bubbly, but it comes off very flirty.

When the waitress brought our food, we ate and then had to cash out, so we could walk to the car, before going to Stage AE. I wasn’t all that hungry, so I just ordered a soft pretzel. I am so sick of carbs. Drew had a pork roast sandwich and fries. He didn’t have pizza for lunch. 🙂
After we got back from the car, with his growler tucked away safely, we were on our w way to Stage AE. The line of people didn’t extend too far. We were right by the ramp, that leads up to the grassy area. Once I was there for Breaking Benjamin, a few years ago the line wrapped around the sidewalk.
Once inside the venue, there is a Coors Light stand, and the restrooms are like trailers that line the back wall. They are really nice if you go before the show starts, if you wait until after, then they will be a mess. I made sure to go before the show starts. Stage AE is such an awesome venue. If you want to be in the grass you have that option, if you want to be in the pit you have the option, there is not a bad seat in the place. If you are a high roller, than there is a section of tables and chairs, but that is no way to see a concert. I prefer the pit, but Drew has a complex about him being so tall, so we stick to the grass, but I have been in the pit before and it nice to be close to the band. Stage AE was giving out free sunglasses that night. Drew got them when he went to get us drinks. He said, “I figured you would want them.”
Stage AEWhile we were waiting for the opener to come on stage, I started  talking to this couple next to me. The one said, he used to work for iHeartMedia, the radio stations in Greentree. I said, “Oh wow no way, i was there 2014-2015. The guy said, he left before I got there. He told me how he did on-air stuff and promotions for 96.1 kiss, and 96.1 the river. I remember right before 96.1 Kiss FM happened, there was a station called 96.1 The river. It didn’t last long though. He knows all the same people that I know. Drew was so cute he was talking me about how I did on-air stuff with Scottro, recording the bumpers, and practicing my airchecks, I was flirting with the idea of trying to become an on-air talent. After talking all about radio, we then talked about where all we went to high school. He said, “I went to OLSH.” I said, “No way, I went to OLSH.” He said, “Oh my God, what year did you graduate?” I said, “2006.” He said, “Oh i was gone long before you got there.” I forget what year he said, he graduated, but I think it is the same year that our neighbor graduated OLSH. He is a bit older than us.
The opener came on and it was a band named Punchline.  They weren’t all that great. However, they sounded similar to Yellowcard. I loved Yellowcard. While the opener was playing, we saw someone walk through the walkway, that looked familiar. Andrew said, “I think that is Sarah Woessner.” I looked over and leaned over the railings and yelled, “Sarah Woesnner!” She turned around walked over to me and hugged me. I hadn’t seen Sarah in so long! She was with Jess Rogers. They both hugged me, and then came up and around into our grassy area. Drew hugged them both. he didn’t remember Jess right off the bat, but he did remember Sarah. Sarah looks the same.  It was good to see her. We caught up for a bit, and then she dragged Drew and I down to the pit and told Drew to get over his height complex.

Once inside the pit, the view is so much better. I love seeing a concert from the pit.  I took a selfie with Jess as well. I don’t think I have seen her since high school.   Jess told me how much she loved me in high school, she thought I was so nice and just a good person. She reminded me of a time when people were bullying her and I stuck up for her. I guess I apparently cussed some people out for making fun of her. I laughed when she told me about the memory. Yea, it sounds like something I would do. I just laughed. It felt so good to hear. Jess was a sweet girl and still is a sweet girl.

The view from the pit was incredible. I love seeing concerts from the pit. After the opener ended, Tonic’s set began.  They opened with “Open Up Your Eyes.” The lead singer, Emerson Hart’s voice has definitely changed. It is a little noticeable. However, they were still good to see live. This was our second time seeing them. The best is when they played, “If could Only See.” Jess, Sarah, and I danced together like we were in high school again. It was so cool, but this band came out long before we were in high school! Sometimes the lead singer, tells the audience the backstory of the song. “If You Could Only See”, is about a relationship that the lead singer had with an older woman, and his mom did not approve of the relationship. I was like oh wow I did not know that was true. Drew told me this was the back story, but part of me didn’t believe him. They also played, “You Wanted More.” I didn’t know that song was written only for the American Pie movie. The things you learn when you attend 90s concerts.
After Tonic, Gin Blossoms came on stage, and we haven’t seen the Gin Blossoms since 2013. We were due, but man they aged a bit. It is amazing what a couple years can do. They played all their hits and some new songs. We didn’t care so much for the new stuff, we wanted the old hits. Robin, the lead singer came down into the crowd and played his tambourine with some of the people in the audience. They finished with “Follow You Down.” I love seeing them live. It truly was so awesome.

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Workshop With Nicollete

This morning, I had a workshop to attend with Nicolette. It was one of the Professional Development workshops. We walked to Craig Hall together and talked about everything that is going on in our lives.
When we arrived at the workshop, we sat next to each other at a table. I said, “Memories. This is where we first met.” She laughed and I did too. We looked through the power point and saw some snapshots of random pictures at the table. A woman sat down next to me. Her name was Emily. She was the admin in CSSD, where Andrew works. 🙂 She and I said, hi to each other.
The first assignment of the workshop was to pick a picture from the table, hold it up for our table members to see and tell a little bit about ourselves, and why we chose this picture. I held up the picture of the Vegas strip. I introduced myself and then said, “I chose this picture because Andrew and I are going to do some traveling next month to Europe, but Britney Spears just finished her Vegas residency, and this is a picture of the Vegas strip.” They all laughed. I am so obsessed with Britney.

The point of that exercise is that people are going to associate you with the picture you chose. I am perfectly fine with being associated with Britney Spears, this doesn’t bother me at all.
At one point in the workshop, The presenter said, it is important to not lose your personality for a position in a company. You don’t want to have to compromise, who you are. I can’t remember the exact wording, but I thought about my bubbly personality. Could I be more professional? Yes, everyone can be. However, my bubbly personality is part of who I am. It is not a bad thing, it is just who I am. In the beginning, I was constantly told to be less bubbly, and more professional. I don’t think bubbly is not professional. Perhaps, I just need to be more professional, but that doesn’t mean losing myself, and my personality. Maybe carving it? But, I have been more successful as of late with professionalism, but this is my first real position at the University of Pittsburgh. However, the presenter did make me think about things.
After the presentation, the professor caught me in the hallway waiting for Nicollette. She said she didn’t mean to call me out in the presentation. (I talked to her during the break about my personality). I said, “no, you didn’t.” She said, ”That is a shame though that you feel as though you can’t always be yourself. Do you think that maybe you need to look elsewhere, so you are more fulfilled.”  I said, “see that is the thing. I chose this position, because the other offer I had at Alumni Hall, is something I didn’t think I was ready for, and this position was going to give me a way into the University and be more my speed for now. Maybe I should have taken a risk, but would it have worked out? I don’t know.” I also told her that I am about the brand of the University of Pittsburgh. If you were to take the department I work in and put it in a different University, it would still run the same with a different brand. She nodded her head in agreement I told her that when it comes time for me to look elsewhere and apply for a different position in the University would she look at my cover letter? She said, she would definitely give me some feedback and things to consider.
When Nicollette and I walked out of the building, and back to our office. We talked about what the woman said, and I told Nicollette my thoughts and she agreed with me. It was just a matter of waiting for something to open up and then taking advantage of it, and see what happens. For now, I have a job and I am making money, and I refuse to lose my personality.

After the workshop, I met with Melanie about things coming up. It was a quick short meeting. I had to meet Suzanne and Nancy today to go over the schedule and probably cancel some classes. I knew it was going to be a long meeting. I got prepared as best as I could because I just found out about it.  We met in the chair’s office, and the meeting took until 3:30pm. It was a long meeting. I have some things to do in order to change the schedule, but Nancy said we will go over it tomorrow. I am not going to cancel classes yet, not until it is official. We are waiting to gauge the interest of some of our fellows first. After the meeting, I went back to my office and waited for 4:30pm to arrive so I could go home. I decided to not go to barre today. I just wanted to hang out.

Blue Book Heinz Field

This morning, I met Chris at the office. We were getting ready to go to an event at Heinz Field. We packed up his Suburban and off we went to Heinz Field. Traffic was intense on the parkway, but once we got there. We parked out front, and unloaded. When we checked in, they didn’t have badges for us, because we checked in past the deadline. I thought that was kind of shitty. They didn’t have badges, but they had a printer there that wasn’t working, so she hand wrote our badges, and messed up on mine. I could tell she was nervous and pissed about the printer.

Eventually, we just stuck our business cards in our badges and took out the hand written name tags, it looked so tacky. When we got our booth set up, we took pictures and posted them on Facebook to get the word out, about us doing big things! We met with our neighbors the booths surrounding ours. We were next to a construction company, who’s family also made homemade olive oil. We shook hands with a few people, and passed out our business cards.

Then we were served lunch upstairs in the conference rooms, that overlooked the playing field. It was pretty cool. While we were eating lunch, Chris got a phone call about someone possibly coming in for a personal rapid test. He asked if I wanted to drive his car back to the office, and then come back, or take an Uber? I said, Which ever, do you trust me with your car? He asked if I have driven a suburban before? I said, “No. Do you trust me?” He handed me his keys, and off I went. I drove back to Greentree, parked, and on my way into the office, I noticed a plant outside our door. It was a bamboo plant. I picked it up and unlocked the door. I set the plant on the counter and it was from his mom and step dad. I texted a picture of the plant to Chris, flipped the lights on, turned on some music, and waited for the test to show up.

Fifteen minutes went by, and still no show, so he told me to come back. I drove back to Heinz Field, through the West End and there was no traffic. The parking lot attendant, let me back into the lot, free of charge. I parked the car, and went back into Heinz Field. Chris was by the booth. He handed me the business cards he collected. He said, he felt a little like a leper. No one was coming up to talk to him, and the people that were walking by were trying not to make eye contact. I said, that’s how I felt at the network after work event. We are the kid no wants to talk to, because we do drug and alcohol testing, or they avoid us, because they don’t test, or don’t have a need for us. He agreed.

When the bar opened up, everyone flocked to the bar all the vendors and attendees. Chris handed me the drink tickets and told me to go work the bar. I ordered a crown and soda, but the guy gave me more crown then soda. I ended up tossing it down the sink in the bathroom. When I went back to the bar, I ordered a coors light instead, and talked with the guys from Diehl automotive. There was no one else to really talk to, when I looked back our booth, Chris was backing up. I finished my beer and excused myself from the conversation with Diehl, and went back to help my boss. He was ready to get out of there.

On our way back to the office, we talked about how we thought the event was going to go a little bit better, but we weren’t going to be sure how it went until we go back and follow up tomorrow and the next day with our leads. I felt bad, because I knew it wasn’t what we both expected it to be like, especially how John made it sound it was going to be like.
Once we got back to the office, I got in my car, and drove home. Thankfully Drew was going to stay home that evening, as well instead of going to the gym. It was a long way home for him, and he didn’t want to go to the gym. I was happy. I get the evening with him. I told him about the event, and he was bummed it didn’t go better for us. I was ready to relax for the evening!

Jazz Concert

Jazz Concert

Today, Andrew and I had to go pick up Ora at her hotel, and take her to Frick fine arts. She wanted to see some of the seminars. Andrew and I hung out and met S. Epatha Merkerson. After the seminar, we went to the Carnegie music hall to get the dressing rooms set up. After we did that we brought over Ora’s clothes as well. We wanted to make sure she had all her stuff, so we could sneak away at some point and not have to stay for the entire concert.
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After we got the dressing rooms set up, we went to have lunch at the union grill, and then Geri called. She wanted a copy of the itinerary. I told her the only one that I have is the one that Gail put together. I said, that I was at lunch now and we just ordered food, and she said okay no problem enjoy your lunch. Gail’s itinerary was what she wanted, and when we got back to the music hall. We had to make more copies of the itinerary. I met with Cassandra Wilson and she needed the lyrics to every song she was singing, because she knows them but in case she forgets. I had to print those out as well.
After we did that, we were told to stuff programs, and we then were able to enjoy a bit of the rehearsal, then we went to get changed for the reception and concert.

At the reception, a student musician was being a diva because he didn’t want to play for his award, and he didn’t want to play or accept his award in the cloister. Well we had to move to the auditorium and no one was happy that the student was calling the shots, neither was Dean Cooper.

After the reception, we went to the music hall, and the doors were about to open, so we started making sure people at the right comp tickets. Andrew was there to help, but I am sure he felt over whelmed. I am typically the one who likes all the event stuff.
My only assignment was to get Pitt Arts to the right section, and rip their tickets. Once I did, everyone assumed that I was part of the box office, so I ripped tickets and told people the direction of their seats. Not what I wanted to do or what I was expected to do.
Finally, everyone was inside and at their seats. I met with Eileen Twigger, a woman who I was e-mailing back and forth. I told her who I was and she gave me a big hug and asked me for my resume. I said I would e-mail it to her first thing on Tuesday. The jazz studies office would not be on Monday. She laughed.