Senior Year of College is Quickly Approaching


I can’t believe its almost here…my senior year of college (plus a summer semester, but hey I’m still a senior). So far it seems like it’s going to be a very busy year or at least a busy fall semester. If everything goes right I will have an internship, an undergrad apprenticeship and be an honors program mentor. I’m really looking forward to school and all the opportunities that lay ahead of me. Below is a brief description of everything I have going on for this school year.

  • Honors Program Mentor – I applied to be a mentor at the end of spring 2012 semester and was accepted for this position. Every year the Honors Program accepts incoming freshmen students into the program and invites them to move into Point Park a week early to do activities and events with the programs mentors that consist of upper class man. Each Mentor gets a group of mentee’s that they will meet with during the school year. After moving in early, the freshmen and mentors attend an orientation dinner where they will finally meet each other. The next few days are full of activities and events that help the students get familiar with the school, the Honors Program, the city and give them an opportunity to meet people and make friends. So far I have been able to get a hold of a few of my mentee’s via Facebook and have talked to them a little. I’m really excited to meet them all and help them with whatever they need.
  • Internship – Last school I worked with a non-profit group called Lending Hearts that works with children who have cancer. Lending Hearts hosts events and activities to provide cancer patients with recreational activities while being around peers who are going through the same thing. I developed a fundraiser for this group with the Honors Program for Valentine’s Day where we were able to raise $107 for Lending Hearts. Since then the president of Lending Hearts has become interested in working more with Point Park and plans on offering an internship for broadcasting, journalism and public relations students. I was notified right away about the internship and if all the paperwork goes through I should have landed the internship. I would be creating PSA’s about the program. I really hope that everything works out so I can get the spot. I have never had an internship before and it would greatly help me out.
  • Apprenticeship – The School of Communications offers apprenticeships to students. I’m hoping to get accepted as a U-View apprentice so I could work with the TV station doing all sorts of video production work. The apprenticeship requires a minimum of 10 hours per week and you get paid $2000 for the year which can either go towards your tuition or be split up into paychecks. All I have to do is turn in my cover letter, resume, and a DVD with some of my work and wait to hear back from the school.

On top of those three things, I have to keep my GPA up, remain on deans list and I have to keep my job at Dunkin Donuts because I can’t afford not to work. I also have to apply to Point Park for my masters degree and work on getting a graduate apprenticeship. My hands are defiantly going to be full if I acquire the internship and apprenticeship, but I’m up for the challenge.

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1 Down, 14 to Go.


Last Thursday I finished my first week of my Junior year. It wasn’t too hard or too devastating; it was rather boring and uneventful. So far I like all my classes. I don’t think I’ll have a hard time passing them as long as I stay on track. The most boring class is defiantly going to be Study of Government. The instructor is this older, monotone, no bullshit type man. My instructor tries to be funny but it doesn’t really work out well. The entire class is all lecture with three exams and one little paper. A very boring way to learn in my opinion but luckily I bought the book as a back up plan. The most exciting class thus far is Intro to Broadcasting. In my last post I said that was my favorite so far and it still is. In my Visual Communication Design class I have a totally crazy instructor. He’s a sarcastic smart ass whose really down to earth and chill. Even though its kind of a intro to Photoshop class (I’ve used Photoshop since high school  so I would like to be more challenged) I think I’m going to like it and I hope a learn something new.

I’m still on the fence about the social aspects of this school. I’m sure most of you have seen Mean Girls and when I say plastics you know what I’m talking about. For those of you who don’t plastics are girls that look like barbie dolls, dress way way to nice to sit in a lecture class, have this fake, stuck up accent (like OMG no way!), are usually skanky, think they’re better than everyone else, and are rich (or like to think they are). Half of this school is just that, plastics and plastic comes in male form too, but they are usually referred to as tools or douche bags. They come with large diamond studded earrings, fake tans, and huge muscles (cough* Jersey Shore knockoffs *cough). There is normal people here at this school, you just have to look for them. I talked to a few people and had a few people approach me but I haven’t made any “friends” yet.

The roommate situation here is going pretty well. I must say I am far more comfortable here with my living situation than I was at AiP. All of my roommates are still being totally nice and from time to time we sit down and watch TV or a movie together or order take out. The other night roomie 1 and I shared a little family history and talked on a deeper level. Which was really good to get in touch with people you live with. They aren’t messy and are very fair about cleaning and sharing space.

I’m working on my application essay for the honors program. I really really hope I can get in. I think my essay is pretty good so far and I hope to have it done by the end of this week. If I get in, I have to maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 and  3.5 GPA in all my honors courses. I really hope I can do that and don’t mess up. Being in this program is the biggest deal to me while being here and I don’t want to throw it away.

I had my first day back to work on Saturday and it felt good to be back. I got to bullshit with my manger and catch up. The store I work at opened last November and only three of the original employees is still there, myself included. I found out that my ex roommate got fired for not showing up and calling off work all the time which really didn’t surprise me but gave me a good chuckle. Were open on Sundays now which means I can work more hours. So far I have 29 hours this week starting tomorrow. That’s a lot of hours and if I start working on Sunday that will add another 6. Once school really picks up I’m sure I’ll have to give up a few hours but for now I really need that money to pay off loans and things. It’s all part of my plan which I’ll explain at a later time.

After this first week I really hope that everything works out. I hope I can stay focused and on task and get good grades. I want to make money and save up as much as I can. If I don’t get into the honors programs I’m going to cry (just kidding). Most of all I really hope I make friends here. Even if its just one friend, I just want to find someone I truly connect to.

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

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