I am so proud to be a Robert Morris University alum! They won the final round of the NEC Tournament. Drew, my father-in-law, and myself attended the game. At the end of the game, the Colonial crazies stormed the court. It was so awesome! There were some familiar faces in the audience, Charlie Batch was court side, and Tim Benz was documenting the play-by-play for the radio stations. I was able to connect with both them. It was the perfect moment before the storm that would be upon us later in the week.
Robert Morris University will be apart of Selection Sunday for the first time since 2015. I can’t wait to see where their journey takes them. Let’s go Bobby Mo!
I apologize for being so inactive, but I have been a little busy and haven’t had the time to sit down and write. I am officially on Spring Break. I do not return to class or my assistantship until Monday March 16th! Let me catch you up to speed
In my assistantship, I have been trying to get things checked off my list before I depart for Spring break. Last Friday, the 27th, there was a Late-Night. There was also a Late-Night on the 22nd. They both went smoothly. There are two more left this semester. Also, I collaborating with a senior to plan senior week. Senior week is my last project in this assistantship, so crazy to know that the end is in sight. I am continuing to advise AB Special events and AB cafe. I haven’t met with AB publicity yet. I am trying to ready the marketing for the SLICE Awards, as well.
Academically, I am doing well. We had a big writing assignment due for a portion of our literature reviews. I was able to finish it a head of time before the deadline. My professor ended up cancelling class on the day of the deadline to give us more time. I was confident in what I submitted. I am anxious to receive some feedback.
Special Projects, I still assist RMU with the Colonial Leadership Academy and last week I was able to connect with someone who works with NFL Alumni. We shared contact information and I asked if I could assist her with any events she had coming up, and she told me about an event happening in August. After the CLA, we have been in touch to meet for coffee on Monday. I am excited to connect with her again. Also, at RMU I had a meeting with the Dean of Students, to talk about my career goals, my graduate program, internships, and how I may be able to assist RMU. It was a great meeting. I looking forward to being able to assist the university in anyway that I can. RMU is so special to me. It is where it all started for me. Also, RMU is playing in the NEC championship. I am looking forward to attending the game on Saturday. The game was not televised, so I had to keep loading the score on my phone which was annoying, but they won! I am so proud of them.
Socially, I had a happy hour last night with my two friends in my graduate program. Julia E. just had a Birthday and Julia S. just got engaged. We met up for drinks and bar food at Hemingways. We talked about the HEM program and our projects at work. When I entered my graduate program, I was expecting to make such amazing friends. I do not know what I would do without these girls!
I am ready for Spring Break. I want to relax and rejuvenate. Clean the house and organize a bit, and recalibrate.
After CMU today, I walked to the Petersen events center to meet with Blair, who is the director of operations. I was so excited. I stopped by Chris’ office and touched base with him regarding the baseball athletes that I advise. We talked about coming back in the Spring and helping out on Mondays like I did this semester. I really enjoy assisting, advising, and helping the athletes develop a plan of study.
After my meeting with Chris, he walked me over to the area where Blair’s office is located. Blair and I shook hands and we went back to his office. He handed me a credential for the game on Saturday and a parking pass. I had a ton of questions, what time should I be there, what should I wear, etc. He told me we are going to have a meeting at 12:45pm. So I should probably plan to arrive at 12:30pm. He said to text him when I arrive and he will meet me. I am so grateful and so very excited!
After the meeting, I walked to the Cathedral to meet with Drew. He was glad to hear my meeting went well and was happy for me. We walked to the car and once we got home, we got ready to go to Primanti’s to watch the Pitt game.
Once we arrived, at Primanti’s it wasn’t as packed as it typically is. We were able to get a table in the bar area. One of the bartender’s turned on the Pitt game for us, and put on the RMU game as well. I was excited. We watched the first half of the Pitt game, then went home to watch the second half.
It was a great Monday!
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 morning, we slept in a bit and then hung out until it was time to go to the Pitt game. We had tickets in the chancellor’s suite. I volunteered to be a Lineup marshal last Spring for the Ph.D commencement Ceremony. The chancellor offered everyone who volunteered club tickets and a parking pass! Of course we were going to go! We are so blessed!
The club seats were so awesome! It is definitely a game changer to how we want to go to games, but this was a once in a lifetime experience at least for now, that is. 🙂
We stopped at tailgate and talked to Dr. E. He was a professor that I worked with in the Sociology Department at Pitt. We chatted about the department, and about Pitt athletics. I told him who I am tutoring and how I am working with the baseball team at Pitt, as well as being a Grad Assistant at CMU. He was happy for me. We do need together together soon. He is such a good guy.
Also, at the tailgate, I ran into Scottro from 96.1 kiss. I used to work for the radio stations. While, I was a receptionist there, I was asked to do voice overs for Blush gentlemen’s club, and a few other companies. I also did the voice imaging for the station. 96.1 kiss still uses my voice. I can hear myself when they play the bumpers and I said, “An iheartradio station!” I loved that job. Leaving that place, was the hardest decision ever so far in my life. Scottro told me that he wants to get me back in and record some more imaging for the station. We set a date for next Friday! I am so blessed and so grateful. I am excited to be back in the studio.
The Pitt game was amazing! We won against the UCF knights 35-34. It was a last minute touchdown but a win is a win. I am so proud of our boys!
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!
Today, is my last day working at Pitt in the Sociology Department. I am still going to be a graduate student in the School of Education’s Higher Education Management Program. I can’t believe it. I have learned so much here. I met my co-workers, who are my lifelong friends Wynn, Jenna, and Nancy.
Wynn, has been my mentor. She has helped me so much in this role. Sometimes we just go for walks outside around the building and talk about trashy novels. She was in my part of my position before Sociology became part of the Social Sciences Division. She is a departmental coordinator in Political Science now but was still willing to help me navigate my position, and was always there for me for anything.
Jenna, took Nicolette’s old position in Africana. Jenna has her Master’s in Italian. She is so sweet, and eventually took a job at Google and left the University. She and I still keep in touch.
Nancy, has been at Pitt since was 17 years old. Nancy will be retiring in January. She has been so awesome. She was like another mother figure to me. She would say the funniest things, and would always say her computer does whatever it wants. I will miss her dearly. Honestly, if I was still in this role, when she retired I don’t know how I would be able to do this position without her.
Being the Academic Coordinator in this role has allowed me to meet so many athletes. One of my favorite faculty members in this department works closely with the athletes. Sometimes some of the well-known football players and basketball players would stop by his office. I would make sure to say hi to them wish them well, and even get a selfie with them. I made friends with one of the advisors for the athletes and every once in a while, I will score some tickets to the football and basketball games. We are going to keep in touch. I am so blessed and so fortunate. I guess it is like any position. You can make it yours, and try to enjoy every day that you are in the role, or you can be miserable and count down the days until the next opportunity. I tried in this role, and I think I did well, but my heart is not in it. This position is just not for me and it is not a good fit for me and my personality, but I will miss my friends, and meeting the athletes. I hope to end up back at Pitt one day, but just in a different department, and on a different angle of the University.
Hail to Pitt!