After a Stressful Week…Finally Moved Back Into College


I moved back to Pittsburgh this past Monday and it’s taken me forever to write a post about it! My dorm (which is a school apartment) is really freakin nice. It’s probably going to be nicer than my first apartment ha. The kitchen has black appliances and even a dishwasher. Living room is kind of small, but it has decent furniture. All the rooms have floor to ceiling windows with a beautiful view of the river and Station Square. I accidentally moved into the wrong bedroom at first (Point Park assigns bedrooms and I moved into bedroom C instead of B). So I had to move all of my stuff into the right room. I feel incredibly stupid for doing that, but all is well now. On top of moving into the wrong bedroom, I dropped my phone and now it’s not working, so I’m getting a new one sent to me.

Since I’m an Honors Program mentor I got to move in before my other roomies and practically more than half of the school. Everyone is moving in today so there are boxes and crap all through the kitchen and living room. Not really excited, just apprehensive about new roommates since I’ve had so many bad situations in the best. Who knows, this year could go smoothly in that area.

On top of moving in, I’ve spent the past four days cramming in Honors Program events. They lasted pretty much all day. Tuesday we had all day orientation where we had a trainer from The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania come and do a presentation for us. We learned about what role a mentor plays and how a mentor relationship is different from natural relationships (friends, parents, etc). It was really interested and a good learning experience.

After the presentation we had a free lunch…WOOT. The Honors Program is well-known for providing free food during their events so I devoured some delicious R&B’s Pizza (best pizza in downtown and my personal favorite). When we were done chowing down, we learned how to make towels animals for our resident mentees. I made two towel dogs and one towel elephant. They were kinda cool but kinda cheesy…meh oh well. We also put together some goodies bags for all of the new Honors students.

While delivering the goodies to their rooms I met one of my mentees on the elevator so that was cool.

On Wednesday we had the new Honors students move in so we helped them out with that and set up a move in table where we gave them their room keys and all that fun moving in stuff. Later that night we had an orientation dinner in the park. They served sandwiches and salads. A bit informal, but the food was good. We were supposed to play a group game but most of the kids bailed so it never happened. This is where everyone got to meet their mentees, but a lot of them didn’t show up. I only met one of mentees there and the mentee I met on Tuesday was there as well.

After the dinner another mentor and I took some of the mentees on a walk all around downtown which was a lot of fun. I was able to get to know some of the new students and they were able to learn about the city so it was a win/win situation.

Thursday we did a City As text activity which is where all the mentee groups paired up and toured different sections of Pittsburgh. After touring around the groups came back to school and put a presentation together to give the next morning to fellow Honors students. My group got downtown so again I walked all over downtown and North Shore showing kids around. It was a beautiful day and I had a pretty good time, plus we had some bangin grub at Mullen’s.

Friday morning we had the City As Text presentations and then we did a community service activity with the Animal Rescue League. Near the school we had cuddle a kitty for a dollar and in Market Square we had pet a puppy for a dollar. We also had a pet gift basket raffle for $1. It went really really well and I think we made a lot of money for ARL. People in the city really responded to seeing cute little kitties and puppies in the middle of downtown ha.

That was the last long day of Honors Program activities and events so now I have all weekend to chill out and the first day of class on Monday to look forward too. I’m not completely done with my room, but when I am, I will defiantly post pictures.

Toodles for now!

PS. I almost forgot to mention that in September I’m having a back to school giveaway in honor of the blogs belated one year anniversary. I know I’m way late on the giveaway considering the anniversary date was August 8, but hey, its free stuff. Keep checking back to hear more.

Spring Semester Goals Recap


It’s that time again to evaluate how well I did with the spring semester goals I set down for myself. Here they are…

Spring Semester Goals

  1. Bring Up My GPA – I would like to get a higher GPA for this semester. Looks like I have a lot of hard work ahead of me. FAILED! I had a 3.55 GPA for fall 2011 but a 3.50 GPA for spring. I didn’t make my goal, but I cant really complain with making Deans list again.
  2. Publish At Least Five Articles – I hope to have at least five articles published in the school newspaper by the end of the semester. FAILED! I only had two articles published during spring semester.
  3. Make a Friend – I have acquaintances here, but no one I hang out with regularly or are on a personal level with. Now that I have met people I hope I can increase relationships and begin a good friendship. COMPLETED! I met a lot of really great people this past semester and started going out and doing things with people. This led me to having a great roommates next year that I can get along with.
  4. Make Exercise Apart of Daily Life – I never considered exercising a daily task ever in my entire life. But to lose the weight I have gained and become a healthier person overall, I would like to see myself go to the gym at least three times a week and not see it as a chore, but as something I can enjoy. FAILED! This was defiantly the hardest goal to complete seeing how I view going to the gym as a chore. I only went to the gym maybe five times last semester. I really suck at trying to like working out. Better luck next time!
  5. Be More Involved – College offers a lot of great events and opportunities for students. Taking advantage of that while I can will be time well spent. COMPLETED! I used the Honors Program at Point Park to my advantage and organized a fundraiser for Lending Hearts, an organization that provides children with cancer recreational and peer building activities. Next semester I am going to be an honors mentor which means I move into school early and mentor a group of freshmen honors students.
  6. Make Blogging a Habit – Last semester this blog kind of went downhill and I didn’t keep up with it. I plan on blogging at least twice a week to keep readers informed and interested. FAILED! I didn’t blog nearly as much as I did in spring semester as I did in fall, but my views went up a lot and I got more followers so it wasn’t a complete loss.
  7. Revamp My Personal Style – Something I have been working on and thinking on for awhile now. I want to get rid of the high school look and create a new mature and fashionable look for myself. I will post more on this later. WORK IN PROGRESS! I was able to go through most of my winter clothes and get rid of old ones and buy new ones, but now I’m doing the same thing for my summer clothes. I still need to stock up on more jewelery and accessories. I did buy a lot of new shows though!

I did a pretty terrible job at my goals this semester. It was a rough semester for me with everything that was going on in my life and going back to working full-time and trying to manage being in school full-time on top of that. But for having limited time and still making it on Deans list, I didn’t do too bad. Hopefully next semester will be even more of an improvement!

Summer Is So Close!


18 Days 11 hours 53 Minutes
2 Research Papers
1 Power Point Project
1 Book Critique
1 Musical Theater Performance Critique
1 Dance Performance Critique
1 Musical Movie Critique
1 Take Home Exam
1 News Package Script
1 Newscast to Produce

…..UNTIL SUMMER! That list seems so big. How is everyone’s finals going? More importantly, how is everyone celebrating the end of the school year and ringing in summer 2012? I’m having a big luau about two weeks after I get home and taking five days off work.

This is how finals and school make me feel.

Ditto

Fall 2011 Semester Goals Recap and Spring 2012 Semester Goals


Before fall semester started a made a list of goals that I wanted to complete during the those 14 weeks. You can see that blog here … I did a pretty decent job, but didn’t complete all of them. I plan on trying harder this time around to get them done. Below is a recap of my fall goals and how well I completed them or how I didn’t complete them.

Fall Semester Goals

  1. Make Deans List – COMPLETED! I made deans list with a 3.6 GPA.
  2. Apply for Honors Classes – COMPLETED! I applied and was accepted into the Honors Program. Now I’m taking one honors course this semester.
  3. Join at Least One School Club – COMPLETED! I joined National Honors Society, though I haven’t been very active in, and I joined the Honors Program. This semester I joined The Globe, which is the school’s newspaper, I have published two articles so far. Also, I have been active in the Honors Program.
  4. Hit the Gym – FAIL! I only went to the gym about three or four times last semester. I’m hoping I can do better with exercising this spring.
  5. Meet New People – 50/50! I have met a lot of people, but haven’t made any close friends with who I hang out with on a regular basis. I did hang out with some people once or twice last semester so its a work in progress.
  6. Get Out of My Suite and Live Life – FAIL! I didn’t really have time to go around and do things. Nor did I have any friends or people to do it with. The most I did outside of my dorm was work 30 hours a week.
  7. Read Two Books – FAIL! Other than one book I had to read for class, which I skimmed over, I didn’t read any books at all. Again time was a big player here.

As for spring, I want to add some new goals and revise some of the ones from last semester.

Spring Semester Goals

  1. Bring Up My GPA – I would like to get a higher GPA for this semester. Looks like I have a lot of hard work ahead of me.
  2. Publish At Least Five Articles – I hope to have at least five articles published in the school newspaper by the end of the semester.
  3. Make a Friend – I have acquaintances here, but no one I hang out with regularly or are on a personal level with. Now that I have met people I hope I can increase relationships and begin a good friendship.
  4. Make Exercise Apart of Daily Life – I never considered exercising a daily task ever in my entire life. But to lose the weight I have gained and become a healthier person overall, I would like to see myself go to the gym at least three times a week and not see it as a chore, but as something I can enjoy.
  5. Be More Involved – College offers a lot of great events and opportunities for students. Taking advantage of that while I can will be time well spent.
  6. Make Blogging a Habit – Last semester this blog kind of went downhill and I didn’t keep up with it. I plan on blogging at least twice a week to keep readers informed and interested.
  7. Revamp My Personal Style – Something I have been working on and thinking on for awhile now. I want to get rid of the high school look and create a new mature and fashionable look for myself. I will post more on this later.

This list seems to be good for now. What are your goals for this semester?

Time Flys


It seems like it was just yesterday that I was starting school. Now were in the heart of the semester with midterms almost over and Thanksgiving break coming closer and closer. Its been awhile since I gave any reports on my progress at school or followed up with any of my previous posts. So here it goes …

Dunkin Donuts ROR or Donut Lady of Doom

We passed the ROR with a 95 percent. She docked us five points for a not thoroughly baked muffin. It was warm and all but the inside was a little gooey. Nothing I wouldn’t eat though.

The morning started off well with a handful of good employees and a normal slow Saturday. The inspection lady was sitting in the lobby with our regional manager.

Then out of nowhere 18 to 55 year old women started pouring in. The number of guests increased steadily until we had a line out the door and down the sidewalk. The busiest we’ve been since opening week. We later found out that there was an all women convention nearby. So the regional manager and inspection lady came in for back up to eliminate the female hostiles on the front line. The counter attack was done in a highly organized and prestigious manner and we eliminated the oncoming threat within two hours or less.

After that everything went back to normal and it was a boring long day of no phone or cell phones or popping a munchkin into my mouth when I got hungry.

I was rewarded for my courageous valor with a certificate of gratitude for my cheerfulness and continual smiling persona. I also received a wonderful pin that says “U Make it Dunkin”. I was pretty pumped about the pin.

Pin and card

Family Weekend

This past weekend was Family Weekend at Point Park. The plan was that my parents would come out on Saturday to tour around the city and visit the zoo and Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History, we would go to dinner, hit up the student video showing, and then take a carriage ride through the downtown area at night. Travis would come out Friday night, spend the whole weekend with me, and be part of the weekend festivities.

The plans drastically changed before last Friday. Travis had to work Friday night and go to class Saturday morning. While I was letting my mom into my building I dropped my phone and bye bye screen so we had to find a Verizon store so I could get a brand new phone.

We decided to get me a phone after we had lunch at my favorite diner.  Mom forget her GPS and I had no black printer ink so we had to buy ink then print out directions which didn’t get used anyway because  because traffic was terrible and roads were blocked off because of the Occupy Pittsburgh protest. It took us an hour to get to the diner. It then took us two hours at the Verizon store to get this whole phone situation taking care of. I couldn’t get the phone I wanted so I got the newly released Samsung Stratosphere which so far has been a good phone.

Then we went to the Carnegie Museums knowing at this point we would never make it to the zoo. By the time we got our tickets Travis made it and we met up with him. We spent about two hours in the museum then headed to dinner at Bucca di Peppo.

When we go to Bucca the wait was an hour and a half so we walked down to the Hard Rock and ate there. By the time we got to eat we missed the student video showcase. Mom and dad decided to drop Travis and I off at the school after dinner so him and I could just take the carriage rides and then could go home. So we did just that.

Although nothing went right I had a really good time with my family and glad they came out to see me. It would be really great if they could come out more and see the city with me.

Madre and I

Travis and I being goofy

Really cool artwork

21st Birthday Party

My birthday is only five days away and I still have party decorations to make, cleaning, and other preparations. I have to wait till I get home to do them all though. So that gives me Friday night and all day Saturday to get everything ready. I wish I could say I was totally ex-tactic and highly anticipating the weekend but right now the only thing on my mind is school and everything I need to get done before I leave Friday morning. I just wish the weekend would hurry up and get here.

School

I GOT ACCEPTED INTO THE HONORS PROGRAM!!! Yep, that’s right, I finally made it in and completed one of the goals on my semester list. I seem to be doing well in most of my classes except Government. I have a feeling that I didn’t do well on the exam because I was so sick I didn’t prepare as well as I would have liked to. I still have no friend here. I have a few acquaintances and people I say hey to when I walk past them but I haven’t made a significant friend. I work all the time anyway so I don’t have the time to make them ha.

I do really like it here though. I actually enjoy studying and doing homework and going to class. Its not a drag like AiP. I strongly feel like I’m finally where I should be and that what I’m doing isn’t a joke. I’m so glad that I left AiP and I know I made the right decision. It’s a really great feeling to know that you like where you are in life and feel happy.

That wraps it up for now. Enjoy 🙂 Oh wait … I’m going to be uploading more photos to my flickr account once I get the off of moms camera so you should definitely check back for those!

-Rachel