Uncertain Goals


Normally I post about what my semester goals are and why I want to achieve them, but this time I can’t really think of any. I’m not really sure what I want out of this semester because I achieved pretty much all of my academic goals I set for myself last year. Maybe after I get back in the groove and feel this semester out a bit it will come to me. For now I have a blank canvas.

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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.

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!

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?

A Blog Rematch


Most of you are probably wondering what happened to the blog posts about surviving college from two best friends who went to totally different schools at the “split ends” of Pennsylvania that Ashley and I promised you. Well I’m here to tell you that we failed. Ashley was unable to blog due to issues with her new environment that weren’t so great for her and because of that I wasn’t feeling very aspired to keep the blogging going myself. I kind of gave up after trying to get Ashley more involved and it not happening which is why I’m starting off fresh this semester. I don’t want to give up on this blog and have plans to turn it around. Unfortunately that means without Ashley, shes is at a time in her life where she really isn’t sure what she wants or what to do and has more important things to worry about then keeping up with a blog. If she would ever say she wanted to come back to it I would gladly let her, but for now the show must go on.

My Plans …

I’m going to totally redo the look of the blog and personalize it to my taste. The theme will still be mainly based on the college going experience, but as a budding journalist I want to give the blog a more mature feel. I want to write opinions on things in the world and in my life such as politics, society, news, etc. Most importantly I want to encourage and influence young women to be smart and intelligent, but still keep a hold of femininity and beauty. There will still be fashion and beauty blogs, but I want to express the idea that you can be intelligent and beautiful.

The whole idea is still a work in progress and I’m not exactly sure where I want to go with it. In time I’m sure it will come together to be a great blog. For now, I’m going to be changing minor things and hopefully continue doing the blog challenge I started as well as other blogs I started here.

What I’m asking from my readers is too be patient until I can pull this site together. I would love feedback and any recommendations you may have. I have always wanted to have a blog to express my opinions and feelings and I’m not going to give up hope that it might speak to someone else.

Here’s to a new start …

Rachel

 

Day 3: 60 Day Blog Challenge


What kind of person attracts you?

Generally people with good morals and values, ambition, passion, maturity, open mindedness, and creativity attract me. I like being around people who use good judgment and make smart decisions. People that have goals, dreams and aspire to make something out of themselves are just the people I want to surround myself with. I feel that I can relative to people who work hard and passionately to pursue their dreams because that’s how I am. People who are worldly and are open to discussion about life attract me because I can have deep and meaningful conversations with them. I’m also attracted to individuals who are mature in their thoughts and actions.

Fall is Just Around the Corner


I’m starting to get really excited to head to school. Especially since it’s a whole new school that I don’t know much about. Plus this year I get the “real” college experience. I can’t wait to get myself involved and meet new people and start my college life over. After doing some thinking about what I want out of this semester I came up with a list of Fall semester goals. Here they are…

  • Make deans  list– dean’s list is any students with a 3.5 G.P.A. or higher. I never made dean’s list at AiP, even though several times I got extremely close. Now that I have better study habits I hope that I can stay focused on my academics and get better grades.
  • Apply for honors classes– Point Park offers honors courses to students who maintain a 3.0 G.P.A. and the honors programs has lots of benefits. For example, honors courses, community service opportunities, early move in, early class registration, leadership and mentoring opportunities and so much more. As of right now by G.P.A. is zero because I start over at Point Park and when I left AiP I had a 2.8. So in order for me to apply I need to get at least a 3.0 at the end of the semester.
  • Join at least one school club– student organizations give students a step up and beyond. They look great on a resume and can build life or work skills. It’s also a good way to meet new people and get yourself out there. Point Park has a student broadcasting club so I might look further into that.
  • Hit the gym– Point Park what was previously the YMCA and now offers that building to students for no price. They offer classes such as yoga, zumba, pilates, and free personal training. I need to get my butt in shape so I can tone up and keep myself healthy.
  • Meet new people– of course when you go to college you meet new people but when I say meet I mean talk to them and get to know them a little and make new friends. I don’t expect to find a new best friend out there instantly (though crazier things have happened) but I do want to learn to talk to people more and make connections.
  • Get our of my suite and live life- when I went to AiP I spent a lot of time in my room just sitting around and I don’t want to do that again. That’s the main reason why I started this blog but I want to enjoy life! I need to get more involved with events and activities that the school offers. I need to go out with people and have fun. I need to experience new places and ideas.
  • Read two books– I used to read a lot when I was younger but have stopped since then. I have a ton of books I started and never finished. By the end of this semester I want to read two books, one fictional just for fun book and one learning and educational. I haven’t decided which books I’m going to choose yet but when I do I’ll let you know and keep you posted!

Well this seems to be a good list to get things started. I’ll refer back to this at the end of the semester and let everyone know how I did. In the meantime, leave a comment with your Fall semesters goals, I’m curious.

-Rachel

Wooo! First post!


Hey everyone! Rachel here; just wanted to start off my first blog post by saying welcome and thanks for checking it out. I just wanted to let everyone know why I decided to start this blog with my best friend and how both our ideas mixed together.

I’ve never been a hardcore blogger, hell I’ve never been really into facebook much either, but I always admired a couple females that blogged and considered starting my own blog. The only problem I really had was I never knew what to blog about until recently. A few weeks ago I was reading some college websites and looking over my college information and it just hit me. I should write a blog about my experience in college and offer advice to other college goers. I really thought this would be a great idea for me to open up and meet my new goals and wishes for my future. Here’s why…

Two years ago I started off my freshman year of college at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh for Digital Film and Video Production. Long story short I ended up really not enjoying it there. I didn’t fit in with the student body, I had housing issues, financial issues, rude employees, and I felt unchallenged and unsatisfied. I knew that I could do better and challenge myself more. I also realized that I wanted to have the “real” college experience that I wasn’t getting at AiP (Art Institute for short). After some consideration and a visit to the school, I applied to Point Park University (literally right across the street from AiP) and was accepted. I’ve been looking forward to going to Point Park so much and I’ve promised myself that I wanted to open myself up more than already have in the past and expand on that. I want to be more involved with school and do better academically. I figured that starting a blog could help me open up more to new people and ideas while documenting something that I hope is a life changing journey.

Now that I explained where the idea came from, you’re probably wondering where Ashley came into play with this. Well after thinking over ideas and a theme for my blog I realized that Ash was in basically the same position I am and ironically going to attend school at the “split end” of PA. So I told her about my ideas and asked her to hop on board and she automatically said yes. I’ll let her fill you in on her side more later with her first post.

Anyways, I hope that this blog can be an interesting and exciting way for Ash and I to stay in touch. I also hope that somehow this blog reaches out to college students and young adults. Enjoy everyone!

-Rachel