Summer Recap Part 1


Okays so I know I’ve been saying for weeks now that I would talk about my mini vacation and my trip to Norwich. Now I finally have time to do that so I’m going to do a little entry about that.

Travis and I went to a bed and breakfast for our two year anniversary. After almost not going because of some last minute occurrences we get there about two hours late and with a slightly ticked inn keeper (even though we did call and fill her in that we were going to be late). That night we shopped around Barnes and Noble a little bit and then went to a restaurant called Luna 2. I got this pasta in marinara sauce that was really good while he got his usual…a burger. It was a nice restaurant that did brick oven specialties. I plan to go back to get one of their pizzas because they smelled and looked amazing.

Afterwords, we drove around looking for something to do since the “it” thing around there is to go to a bar (only 2 months till I’m a legal drinker). We ended up at a Dunkin Donuts/gas station to get a coffee. We went back to our room and spent some quality time together by cuddling, talking, and well you know ha.

The next morning we woke up bright and early for the inn keeper to serve us breakfast. It was there that we came to the realization that she was a cold, quiet, and unfriendly person. Not only did we figure this out on our own but the inn keepers assistant greeted us during our breakfast and was very nice and talkative and told us about the inn keeper.

Anyways, breakfast was good and we went back to our room. Travis slept while I packed and watched Keeping Up with the Kardashians. I woke him up for check out and then we headed to the PA Military Museum. I haven’t been there since I was a kid and was really surprised at how small it was. Despite the small, slightly boring exhibit I bought a USMC pin that said “Always Faithful” on it and had the EGA (Eagle Globe and Anchor; Marine symbol) on it has well. After that we went to the mall to walk around and have lunch before heading home.

Even though we didn’t do much it was still a good trip because we got to spend some one on one time together so it made me a happy Spammy (Trav’s nickname for me).

Photo Cred: pillowsandpancakes.com

He looks thrilled doesn't he?

You can check out more photos from our weekend here.

-Rachel

Film, Video, or Broadcasting People


I found this seminar on the Pittsburgh Film Offices website. Its a Production Assistant Training seminar. Its coming to PPU and I’m really excited because my mother has agree to help me pay for it. Its only $130 for students which isn’t bad in my opinion. P. A. T. S. travels all over the country helping participants prepare themselves for a job in the film industry. Even if your not from the Pittsburgh area you can see if they’re coming to a location near you or check out their online courses. Of course I’ll let everyone know how it went after September 24 and 25.

P. A. T. S.

Photo Cred: ithacafilmfest.com

First Day of Class…Check!


Well its been a couple days since my last post and so many new things have happened. I met all my roommates on Sunday. I met roomie 3 first, then roomie 2, then roomie 1 (bedroom mate). All three are very nice and so was their families. I didn’t really talk to them much Saturday evening because I didn’t want to interrupt or get in the way of them unpacking.

On Sunday I walked around with roomies 2 and 3. They showed me around a little bit and introduced me to some of their friends. Later that day I walked around with roomie 1 who also showed me a few things and introduced me to a good bit of people. I ran into a coworker that attends school at PPU as well. We have coffee date set up for Wednesday so I’m excited to get to talk to her.

Later that evening, roomie 3 invited us all out to dinner at this Italian restaurant called Bucca di Pepp0, located in Station Square. Bucca serves dishes individually in family style portions. For example a Bucca small feeds 3-4 people where as Bucca large feeds 5-7. We ordered the apple gorgonzola salad, baked ziti and eggplant parmigiana. All three were extremely delicious, especially the salad. We chatted quite a bit and had a good time.

After that we had a floor meeting which was your typical floor meeting where you get to hear about all the rules blah blah blah. However, Point Park does a lot more stuff for their students which I found really cool. There’s a mystery bus that takes you to a random spot in Pittsburgh for a day and you get to hang out at that spot and adventure around. Free tickets to local attractions like the Carnegie Museum, the Mattress Factory, etc. So I have some fun to look forward to.

As for my first day of class…I had Journalistic Skills 1 at 9 am. It’s mostly about writing and editing in AP style format. It was kind of boring and we do a lot of grammar but we also do a lot of writing so I’m looking forward to that. I didn’t talk to anyone really in that class. It was all girls except two boys and I couldn’t see myself getting along with any of them besides two or three people.

Secondly I had Intro to Broadcasting. Obviously my favorite class thus far (even though its the first day). I chatted with a few girls in that class and it was more upbeat and fun. The girl that sat next to me was also a transfer student so we had common interest. I feel like I can get along with a good amount of people in that class. Mostly because of the shared interest in broadcasting. I’m probably a little more ahead of them in the video production world considering that’s a freshman class but hey, maybe I can teach someone something or help them out.

And now I’m sitting in my suite alone because my roommates have class or are seeing other friends. Not sure what to do with myself tonight because I’m done with class for today. It seems like I have an awful lot of free time and I’m starting to wish I worked this week. Also considered telling my boss I could work Mondays but come mid-term and finals week that could bite me in the ass. Or maybe if I ever get friends here I won’t be as bored. Who knows, only time will tell.

-Rachel

Suite Pictures!


Just wanted to share some pictures of my suite at PPU. Its pretty nice. Once the other girls get here I’m hoping we can spice it up and decorate it more. I have to get a poster frame for my Sex and the City poster to hang up on the wall beside my bed. I got a new bed set this year seeing how I lost my old one and even though its more girly than I’m usually into I think it fits quite well with the room and the bathroom.

Living Room from Doorway

Kitchenette

Cute Coffee Rug I Bought

Couches

Reppin' the Steelers!

My Bedroom

Bed

Desk Area

Not sure how I'm going to fit all my clothes in here!

Bathroom

Classic Mirror Pic!

-Rachel

What to do at College Before Classes Start


For freshman, going to college may mean moving in 3-5 day before your classes even start. As for upper class-men it can be as early as 2 days. Besides moving in, going to orientations, and seeing old or new friends you still have a vast amount of free time. A big mistake that students make it by sitting in their dorm rooms doing nothing! Mostly because everything is new to them, they have a new found freedom, and they don’t know what to do with it! Here’s a list to give you a few ideas of how to use up your free time productively.

  • Explore Campus – Check out all the buildings, find your classrooms, find student services and offices. This way it can save you time when you go to your classes or need the school’s help. This can also be a good time to find a cafe or hang out spot for the future.
  • Attend School Sponsored Activities – Many colleges and universities set up events for students the week before classes. Some of them are informational or educational while some are just for fun. GO TO THEM! Even if you think it might be lame at least try it out. You could get free stuff, free food, or meet new people.
  • Start Job Hunting – Many of us can’t get through school without having a part time job. This would be the perfect time to look around and apply to businesses. Don’t forget to take a list of references and application information with you so you can fill out on the spot. Who knows they might just ask you for an interview.
  • Go to Career Services – Most schools have a career services department that help students prepare for entering the work force.They help you with resumes, help you find internships and part time jobs, and set up job fairs and similar events. These people are here to help you achieve and succeed so don’t waste it!
  • Start Studying Now – Students even in college tend to shy away from the word studying, however, preparing yourself before classes start can really help out in the long wrong. Pick up your textbooks early and start skimming over them to get an understanding of what you’ll be learning. You can also read over past material to refresh your mind.
  • Rekindle Past Friendships – Its been a long summer and you probably haven’t seen most of your friend if any from college. Meet up with them and spend time catching up.

Of course there are probably tons of others things to do during this time but these few things to me feel like productive but fun ways to spend your time before classes start.

-Rachel

I’m Back!


Yes as of yesterday I am back residing in Pittsburgh and starting my new journey at Point Park! My mom, dad, gram and pap helped me moved in yesterday. It took two cars to get all my stuff here but I ended up sending a lot back home with my parents because of limited space. I couldn’t keep my fridge out here because it was too tall so hopefully I can get a smaller fridge to put somewhere. I managed to get everything unpacked last night and the set up looks really good. So far I love this room and its way wayyyy nicer than anything I ever had or seen at AiP. It feels much more college like and cozy. Unfortunately, I have less clothes here than I normally would but what can ya do. Will, my best friend from out here stayed with me last night because I’m the only one in my room. There isn’t many people in the building either. I don’t like the area that this building is in, its pretty shady. Once there is more kids running around I will feel more safe. Will didn’t get here till about 1:30 in the morning and we ordered pizza and talked about what happened in our lives this summer.We basically got three hours of sleep because he had to go to work this morning.

Anyways, I haven’t figured out what to do today. I need to shower and get ready but there is so many things I want to explore around campus and the school is offering events for new students but I’m apprehensive about going because I don’t know anyone. One of my goals is to be more outgoing and I know I really should attend some things but I’m nervous. I guess we shall see what the day brings.

I got an email from one of my professors with the syllabus attached and he recommended getting my book for the first class. I see all my money disappearing rather quickly. It’s nice to know that PPU is more serious with books and being prepared. At AiP many instructors didn’t even use the book required. I didn’t know many kids that bought books at that school either. I’m up for a stronger academic challenge though.

Roomie Update! I have talked to all three roommates now and they all are friendly. They don’t move in till Saturday so I have one more night by myself.

I’m off to explore campus but I plan on writing more entries tonight so I can catch up on the past week. Stay tuned for my last week at home, pictures of my room, and advice on what to do before classes begin!

-Rachel

Leaving for Pittsburgh Tomorrow!


Yes thats right, my summer has finally come to an end. I’m packing up and heading to Pittsburgh to start my new college journey! I’m excited, sad, and nervous but I’m ready to get there. I have so much to fill everyone in on including Travis and I’s mini vacation and taking James to college and of course my move in experience. I’ll probably have more time tomorrow night to write so stay patient. For now I wish everyone a safe trip going back to college and good luck on this year!

-Rachel

Personal Blog


I just wanted to share my personal blog with everyone. It contains stories and papers that I wrote for college. It also has a few diary type entries that I wrote. I barely use the account anymore but think I may spice it up a bit and just use it for my college works. Check it out and let me know what you think!

http://reweb01.blogspot.com/

-Rachel

P.S. I’ll filll everyone in on my vacation with my boyfriend and about my brother leaving for college tomorrow when I have more time!