This week I was extremely busy. I might have taken on much more than I can balance. I academically assist with the baseball players at Pitt. I have been doing it now for a year. I enjoy helping them with academic coaching, tutoring, and some administrative tasks. I helped my supervisor conduct grade check-ins. I told him I would try to meet with as many of the guys that I could. I only needed to meet with them for 20-mins to go over their grades, and enter them into a spreadsheet. I think we are going to do this a couple times a semester. I think the next time would be after midterm grades are submitted. On top of the 20-minute grade check-ins, I was academic coaching them, and tutoring them.
There were some times throughout the week, where I would be behind in getting in touch with them, but they were accommodating and willing to give me 20-mins of their time. I scheduled my last grade check-in in the evening on Thursday. I was planning to submit what I had to my supervisor on Friday.
Also, I admittedly did not really put that much energy into the 2-3-page reflection that I had to write for class next Wednesday. I needed to make sure I could still get my homework done, and help the baseball players as well. I am perhaps maybe being a bit too hard on myself, but I could have done a better job at balancing my commitments this week, but it was almost the weekend and I am determined to make some time for myself this weekend.
Today, is the first day of my last year of graduate school. It is surreal. I am not quite ready to celebrate just yet. There is still a lot of work that needs to be done. I worked at CMU today until 4pm.
After CMU, I walked to the Petersen Events Center, and met with Chris. I helped him complete the Blue and Gold sheets, and we talked about the Spring semester. I am glad to be able to continue working with the baseball team. I stayed at the Petersen until 6pm.
Then I walked to Posvar for class. I took a seat on a bench outside of the classroom since I was a little early. I ate my salad that I packed for lunch. I was dreading this class. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I did have the professor before she is good, but she is tough.
Once class started, she said, “all you have to do to get the degree is write a lit review, that’s it.” She also said, She is going to be there to help us along the way and give us feedback as we go to build a upon. We are going to complete this using the scaffolding method. We have to turn in sections to hear by a certain deadline and she will provide feedback for us to go on for the next portion. This is so helpful. I was more at at ease when I left the class. It was a long first day back. The class runs from 7:15-9:55pm.
When we got home, I got a shower and went right to bed. I can’t believe tomorrow is only Tuesday…..
This evening I was able to shadow the assistant athletic director of events for the Pitt panthers once more. I was able to see what his responsibilities were for a basketball game. It was so cool to be apart of and so glad I had the opportunity to shadow him. I enjoy being on the sidelines of the court and being apart of the behind the scenes action.
When the players, came out onto the court to warm up. I made sure to high five them and wish them a good game. A few of them I knew from tutoring the baseball players.
Attendance wise, it was. bit empty to due to Christmas break. I was just so glad to have the experience.
After CMU today, I went to the cathedral and worked on some things for Assessment class. When we rehearsed our presentation last week it didn’t go so well. It was awkward and that is mainly because I forgot my script. I am getting to that point in the semester where I am just over it. I am ready for break.
Then I went to Drew’s office, he works in the cathedral until it was time to go tutor a baseball player. He wanted me to look over his final paper once more, and I was anxious to hear his professor’s thoughts on the suggestions I had for his paper.
Around 4:30pm, I went back downstairs to the first floor of the cathedral to meet up with the baseball player. The first thing I asked is what did his professor say about our modifications on your paper? He said, she liked them a lot and thought it was a lot better than what I had before. I was relieved. We talked about his conclusion and I answered any questions he may have had about his conclusion and then we were finished. I wished him luck and then I went back to Drew’s office.
When Drew finished he shut his computer down and we walked to the car, so we could park under Posvar. Drew had class this evening and I had a happy hour to attend.
When I arrived at Hemingway’s I was the first one, so I got some tables reserved in the back and waited for our class to arrive. Slowly but surely everyone piled in. We ended up taking over the back left of the restaurant. Drew came to the happy hour after his class finished up. We stayed for a while and mingled with our table, then we left to go home.
When we got home, it was about 10pm. I was ready for bed. One more class tomorrow and the semester is over!
Today was my first day back at CMU since being out sick for two weeks. The Yoga Nidra helped, but I was hoping the pressure in my ears would go away soon.
I had a pretty full day. I met with AB Special events and we talked about the last day of classes event. Then I met with Bhangra in the Burg. I feel terrible for not going to their event on Saturday. If I wasn’t sick, I would have been in attendance. There aren’t any regularly scheduled advisor meetings for Bhangra in the Burg in the Spring, unless it is just to wrap up their expenses from their event. I am so glad I got to meet theses women and was able to co-advise them. I learned so much from them.
After CMU, I met with football player that I tutor. We worked on his last paper. I helped him with some research and gave him some pointers on his paper.
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.