First Day of my Last Year of Graduate School

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…..

Pitt Basketball Game

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.
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Attendance wise, it was. bit empty to due to Christmas break. I was just so glad to have the experience.

 

 

Pitt Basketball Game

After CMU today, Drew and I stopped to get something to eat at Mario’s, which was formerly Peter’s pub in Oakland. Every restaurant in Oakland is packed prior to the game. Mario’s has these slabs of wood as menus. I shuffled up the menus to hand back to the waitress and ended up getting a splinter in my hand. I didn’t think much of it at first.

Image may contain: one or more people, people playing sports, basketball court and stadiumAfter dinner, we walked up Cardiac hill to the Petersen event’s center for the game. Attending a Pitt basketball game or two right before Christmas break has become a bit of a tradition for us.

At the end of the first period, Drew got a beer, and I got dip n dots. We also bought a Pitt basketball ornament for our tree.

 

Last Internship Class

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!

On the Field

On the Field

Today, I got to shadow the assistant athletic, events and facilities management at Pitt! I was so excited. I got to see the Pitt locker room, the official’s locker room, and be present at a meeting with the officials and senior leaders. It was such an experience and an honor. My dad and Drew got to be on the field as well. we took a family picture.
Image may contain: Andrew Hornyak, Danielle Hornyak and Paul Kayser, people smiling, stadium and outdoorIt was such a cool experience. It didn’t really start getting chilly on the field until the second quarter.

During half time, Blair and I took a seat on the heated benches. It felt so good.

Towards the end of the 3rd quarter, I went up to the club seats to meet my dad and drew. I figured it would be easier to connect at the end of the game if we were all together.

Even though Pitt lost, I had the experience of a lifetime!

Director of Operations for Pitt

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!