Graduate Student Visitation

Finally, the day was here for the perspective Grad students to come visit the department and see what we have to offer! I was going to be in and out of my office all day. In the morning, as the students arrived I gave them the folders that I made for them, and walked them to the conference room. They filled out the W9 so they could be reimbursed for the cost of their flight.
At one point, one of the grad students arrived and he introduced himself. As soon as our eyes locked, I knew it was going to be an instant  friendship. His name was Juan. He had the best personality, and we were going to be fast friends I just knew it. He said, he felt it too.
After everyone is the conference room, I took a seat next to Melanie and he explained the department and how it is organized. The admins and our roles, as well as the faculty and their areas of study. It was nice to have a refresher.  I did learn some things I didn’t know.
When the pizza arrived, I helped to set it up with plates, forks, ice for the pop, etc. I love organizing events, so this kind of stuff was one of my strengths. During lunch, we talked about Pittsburgh; things to do and see, places to go, places to eat, etc. After lunch, Melanie and I took them around the department, and showed them the highlights of Posvar Hall. I know two of them committed already, but I wanted the other two to commit as well.
After the tour of the building and the department, I was able to go back to my desk and check my e-mail. I processed some requests, but I couldn’t get started on anything big. At 3:30pm, we all met in the department and walked over to the UClub for the happy hour. I brought a sign-in sheet for me for expenses purposes. It was my job to make sure everyone, who was in attendance had their name on this list, so we could get reimbursed. I stayed until the end. Drew came by after work. He had a beer with Melanie and I and we congratulated ourselves on the job well done. Whew I was ready to go home.

 

Busy Tuesday

This morning, I was late for the annual Graduate Studies; Grad Admin and DGS event at the UClub. I got tied up with Nancy going over the summer course work.
When I arrived to the UClub, Melanie as already at a table, and everyone was eating breakfast.  I put my stuff down at the table, apologized for being late, and then went and got breakfast. They had eggs, bacon, potatoes, pastries, coffee, tea, juice, etc. It was awesome.

When I sat back down, the Dean of Graduate Studies talked to us about the department and what is going on, how things are changing, and etc. All of the sudden, out of the corner of my eye, I saw something scurry across the floor. I look really quickly and I see this little mouse, popping in and out of the vent. He then scurries up to where the Dean is giving his speech and then hops into another vent. My supervisor saw it, and notified her boss, and then I told Melanie, and she didn’t see it. I just kept watching the mouse.
At one point, we were allowed to ask questions. I didn’t have any questions to ask. I just listened. I thought it was informative and it was best for me to just soak it all in that day.
After breakfast, I went back to the office with Melanie and we updated one, another on the happenings and my progress with mu work.
When I got back to the office, Nancy asked me what was all over my back? I gave her a weird look and then took my shirt and moved it to the front, so I could see it. There was mud on my back. I wondered how that happened, then I realized I did accidentally step in mud on my way over to the UClub and must have kicked it up on me, because it is all over my jacket too. She asked me if I walk like a horse? I laughed.
At around 1:00pm, I had my meeting with the graduate committee. They had a huge agenda to discuss. I took notes, but my e-mail notifications on my phone kept going off. I know its is important that I be there, but I have so many issues with the course work, and need to get things sent off to registrar. There were a few times that I had to get up from the meeting and take care of requests.
After the meeting, I had to get ready for my 3 months with Linda. I wasn’t sweating it, and I feel like I have been doing well. I wonder what she was going to say. When I walked into Linda’s office, I took a seat. She asked me, how things were going? I told her they are going well. I am trying to finish this course work for the Summer. She nodded her head. Then we talked about how she feels as though I have such a great personality and that I have really good potential, but she wants to help me shape my personality into a more professional one. I told her I agree with her. She asked me, if I wanted her help? I said, yes, please. So, we have a plan now, and she is going to help me here and there, so I can be more professional. She said, other than that you are doing well and will go far. I was glad to hear it.
After meeting, I ended up staying until 5pm. I had a feeling I wasn’t going to make it to the gym again tonight.

Sociology Grad Student Orientation

The day was finally upon us. I was hoping that I had all my stuff together. Yesterday, at 3pm, I realized that I forgot to give the Pizza place a day’s notice about lunch for today. I called them yesterday placed the order and it should be here by 12pm today we will see.
Around 9:30am, I went into the conference with Melanie to help her set up for today. I took the binders with me. For a minute there, we thought that no one was coming. I did take the holds off of two accounts, so perhaps maybe I should have done that, but they came to see me early, proactively and they already had their binders. I thought they weren’t coming.
Finally, they all showed up, except for Natalia. Natalia was due in tomorrow, but that is okay when she came to see me, I would lift her hold and give her, her binder. All will be well. After Melanie, went over the binder, and the role she plays along with everyone else’s role. We were able to go into the conference room. I went to set up the conference room while Melanie was talking. I was worried the pizza wasn’t going to get here on time. At around 12:15pm, I got a phone call from the Pizza place and they were having trouble finding out office. I had to go outside and guide him up. It was annoying.
Everyone was excited when I walked into the conference room with the pizza. I set down the pizza and opened the boxes.  Everyone started grabbing slices left and right. I opened the salads and set the bread sticks on a plate. When everyone else got settled, I got a couple slices and sat down. We all went around the room and introduced ourselves and the various types of faculty and their studies. It was nice.
After the pizza lunch, we had part two of the orientation, Chris from the library was coming in to talk to us about what the library had to offer by means of research. It was very informative. Around 3pm, I had to go to People Soft Financials training. I was hoping this was going to be how to use People Soft, not the financial part. When I finally found the conference room, and walked in they were just about to get started. However, I noticed a familiar face. It was the guy from Heinz Chapel that I met in the rain. The one that was telling me about the patients from Western Psych. He must have been hired on, in the position he was temping for. He looked at me, but wasn’t sure if he recognized me. You know that look like this person might be familiar, but I am not sure.
Well when the training got underway, it was about the financial side of Peoplesoft. I thought to myself, what? I don’t need access to this. I don’t deal with fiances, weird. What am I doing here? The first part wrapped up and then there was going to be second part, but he looked at the confused attendees and asked, “How many of you don’t think you need access to this?” I raised my hand and so did a few other people, including the man that I met in the rain. He said, “Alright well you can go if you want, but you have the packet that tells you how to do it, if you by chance do need it.”
So I left. I walked out into the hallway and so did the man from the rain. He turned to me and asked me if I was the girl who worked at Heinz Chapel? I said, “Yes, we met in the rain, congrats!” He said, “Thank you, but it’s not the position that I temped for.” I said, “Oh?” He said, “Yeah, it’s different, but sort of in the same department.” I said, “Very cool.” He said, “I knew you were that cute girl that I saw in the rain.” I smiled and said, “thank you.” I will admit I was flattered.  I know I shouldn’t be flirting but I was curious. It wasn’t like we had sex or kissed. It was just conversation. I didn’t even remember his name. I did hear him say his name in training. He congratulated me on my job and he asked how it was going. I told him it was going well there is so much to learn. I am just glad to be full-time at Pitt. He agreed.
When I arrived to the corner, he was going to wait for the bus and I was going to walk to my building. He was like well I will see you around then. I said, “Yea, see you around.” I walked away towards my building. I turned to look back at him. I know I shouldn’t have, but I did. He was watching me. I smiled and so did he. I turned my head and kept walking. I kept saying don’t turn around, but I did.
That evening, I went to the Dietrich Arts and Science’s Happy Hour on the roof top of the UClub. I sat with Gene, Jessica, Andrew from IT, and another IT guy. I saw Pam the woman that I interviewed with at Theatre Arts, and who didn’t offer me the position, because she didn’t like me. I went up and said hi to her. I want to be the bigger person. She was surprised to see me I think. I saw Pat from Heinz Chapel. She and I talked for a bit. I saw Amy Janocha, she gave me a hug and was glad to see me. I also talked to Jacob Bacharach, who I met on my interview at Theatre arts. He welcomed me into the Department and was glad to have me. I was so happy he knows who I am. Nancy eventually joined the Happy Hour. I stayed for awhile after she arrived, but I was ready to get home. It was such a long day.

Communications Council & Good News

This morning, I got coffee and went to the chapel. When I arrived, I was the only one at the desk. I turned on the lights, got settled. Then Wendy came in, and Frank. At 10:30AM I went to a meeting with Wendy. It was called the Communications Council. It was a meeting where the Big Whigs were going to keep people updated on the new up and coming happenings in Communication at the University.

When we were on our way to the meeting, Wendy and I chatted about where we were from, and our backgrounds. When we walked into the UClub, we had to go up the stairs, to this really nice ballroom. The room was packed with people. I saw Sharon Blake, a woman that I used to attend Jazz meetings with. I went over and gave her a hug. Her and Wendy got to talking, and I overheard Wendy say to her, you were on our list for her. What does that mean? Where they researching people, who were associated with me, in order to gain a reference? This is so secretive and crazy! Sharon was glad that I was with the Heinz Chapel, and was happy to see me.

When the meeting got underway, they talked about Pittwire. I took some notes about Pittwire, what it is, and how it used. I felt the meeting was very informative.  I was happy to be apart of it. I was glad Pat asked me to come.

On the way back to the Chapel, Wendy and I had a personal conversation about her first marriage, she shared with me some details, and it was a deep conversation for just coming back from a meeting. We both laughed, and walked into the chapel. Frank asked if we both learned about to communicate better? I said, “Oh yes, and how to submit a story on Pittwire.”

While I was at the front desk, I got a phone call from Pitt. I went outside to answer it, and it was Kathy from Alumni Hall. She said to me, Happy Thursday, Danielle. I said, thank you and to you as well! She said, you made it to the second round, and would you be able to come in on Tuesday at 1pm to interview with the Vice Chancellor. I said, “that is good news, and yes I am available.” I was so excited! When we ended the call, I called Drew and let him know. He was so happy for me. I must have really impressed the director and did really well!

Around 4pm, we had a rehearsal, Wendy shadowed me around, and she said I did really well. She said she is confident in me, and thinks I will do really well this weekend. After the rehearsal was over, Drew was there waiting for me and he was still really sick. I felt so bad for him.

When we got home, we got ready to go the gym. He wanted to sit in the sauna and relax. I needed to work out. I had a long day. I was able to get over 10,000 steps in on my Fitbit.  did the elliptical, and the treadmill. I was able to run a bit too.  When I was on the hip machine, I noticed a woman was just sitting on the arm machine, the one I wanted to do next. I made eye contact with the woman’s daughter, and she asked me if I need to use the machine? I said, “Yes, I do.” She said, “No problem.” She helped her mom get up and moved her to another machine so she could sit, and rest. Her mom was rather old, and was having trouble getting around. I felt like shit.

When I was setting up the machine, I apologized to the woman, and she said, “Oh my God Bless your sweet, caring, and compassionate heart. You are so sweet. I hope your heart spreads to everyone else in the world.”  I smiled and said, “thank you.” I used the machine, and then I did the gravitron where I pull my weight up doing chin ups. It felt so good. I was sweating and so proud of myself.
When we left, I told Drew about what happened, and I said, “she could have just sat in the waiting room, and not inconvenience anyone.” He said, “There is that sweet and compassionate heart.” I laughed. When we got home, we relaxed and watched All in the Family until it was time for bed.