After CMU today, I went home changed for spin class, then heated up some keto hamburger casserole from last night. I hung out for a while, and watched Jersey Shore reruns before heading out the door to spin class.
Once I arrived to RMU, I parked at the campus recreation center, and swiped my card at the front desk. I walked into the spin room and saw John was there stretching. I greeted him with a “what’s up.” I picked out a spin bike in the back next to two other girls. We chatted about the semester being almost over and thanksgiving break. I adjusted my bike a little. I forget how to do this. The last time I did Spin was almost a year ago. It was last year at Winterfest.
Once class started, we hit the ground running full force. John is a great spin instructor. He plays awesome tunes and keeps us motivated to make it through the class. I probably didn’t push as hard as I could, but I already got my walking in today. I walked from Pitt to CMU and back to Pitt to where I parked my car, so my legs were already worked out! It was a good class over all. I was sweaty after and that is how I know I got a great work out. As soon as I got off the bike, my legs started to feel like jello.
After class, John and I talked about things I could assist with in the Spring semester. He and Maureen still want to utilize my help with events even though my internship class will be complicated and my hours will no longer count towards my internship. I was glad to hear that I was still going to be able to help as needed. Ideally, I would love to work at RMU full-time after graduate school. I am so grateful to John and to Maureen for giving me the opportunities to be involved and to build my social capital.
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!
After CMU, I went to RMU to meet with John around 3pm. We talked about the Meet the Colonials event, and how I am to be stage manager, and where I will be stationed for the event. It is one of my favorite events to assist with. We also had a quick meeting with the Assistant Dean of Students and she approved the commuter student program proposal. We are set with a date, time, and location. I need to reach out to other people in the University to see who can collaborate and talk about the services that RMU has for commuter students. I also asked my best friend Anthony to come speak. He was super involved as a commuter student, where I was not. I didn’t get involved until it was my second to last semester and then it was too late. If I didn’t get involved, I wouldn’t have met Anthony. 🙂 John and I set up our next meeting for next Friday after the MTC event.
After my meeting with John, I stopped at the store and picked up a small box of Blackbox Pinot Noir wine. I wanted to treat myself after the event on Saturday. Drew also wanted a case of Truly.
Then I went home to my husband, and started to cook dinner as he finished up working.
After dinner, we went to the mall to get out for bit. We bought two candles at Bath and Body works, and then to Spirit Halloween. I make sure to donate every year.
Plus you get these really cute bracelets. I have a little collection of them. I think it is a good cause for a halloween lover like me.
This evening, I stopped at RMU’s Octoberfest. John, invited Andrew and I to stop by. Once we arrived, I didn’t see him at first even though he was standing right in front of me. We had laugh at that. Andrew and I got some food and took a seat a table, John joined us. We talked about all things RMU and things I could be involved in and one of them is the Meet the Colonials event, which is happening on October 17th. I am so excited about that event. I get to be stage manager again!
After Octoberfest, we went home for a little, then it was back out the door again. I had to stop by CMU and check in on the Late-Night event. This one was called the Colors of India. I received my first Airbrush Henna tattoo, and ate a samosa. I sent some pictures to Andrew and we left around 10:30pm.
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!
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.
I have an interest in student-athletes. I am hopeful to be able to do my Master’s thesis on some aspects of student-athletes. I was able to observe the student-athlete orientation in the new UPMC events Center. There were several speakers, Dr. Howard (The president of RMU), RMU police spoke about safety and performance enhancement drugs, there were a couple other speakers including the new athletic director Chris King. I found the information they were providing the athletes very informative and insightful. I am hopeful to work with student-athletes in the future.