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.

I Got Spring Fever


Only eight days left until spring break and I am defiantly ready for it to be here! The only things standing in my way of going home is two exams, one test, one quiz, two  presentations,  one video package, six classes, 24 hours of work and a three hour car drive home. It’s mid term week here at Point Park and a lot is going on this week but with lots of coffee and keeping calm I can get through it. I hope spring break gives me a chance to relax and refuel myself to finish out the semester. I have become really burnt out with school, my job in Pitt and my living arrangements here. I’m not really enjoying any of my classes this semester. I don’t find them engaging or really interesting to me. This makes it really hard to get up in the morning and want to be in class. Work is more drama filled than ever and well, I live in a dorm, nuff said.  I want summer to be here so I can go to the beach and just do whatever I want and finally have some privacy! But for now I must settle for the eight days of spring break I have.

Things I want to do over break …

  • Play Sims 3 … a lot
  • Make my style board (pictures of fashions I like to help put my style together)
  • Catch up on some zzzz’s
  • See my family
  • Hang out with my friends
  • Take a trip to see my bestie
  • Cook and bake
  • Have a campfire/cook out at my camp
  • Work out
  • Take pictures of beautiful, pretty things
  • Eat good food

Pretty spring flowers make me happy

Am I the Only College Student That Cleans?!?


Ever since I was little and capable of doing things for myself my parents taught me how to clean. My brother and I would have a list of chores that we had to around the house. When school was in the chore list wasn’t big. Wash the dishes, clean your room, sweep, and help our parents with whatever they asked. During summer the list got bigger. We had to water the plants, feed and take care of the dogs and cats, sweep upstairs and downstairs, dust the house, do yard work and wash dishes. Once we got older we were given more chores. I started doing the laundry and cooking while my brother mowed the grass and even helped me cooks sometimes. There was always a punishment if we didn’t do our chores. For example, we had to do them before we went anywhere with friends and if we didn’t do them we couldn’t go anywhere that weekend. Of course there was always a scolding involved too. Also, if you didn’t do the chore correctly and did it “half assed” as my mom would say, you would redo the chore completely.

Well this looks familiar

At the time I hated that we had to do chores because none of my other friends were made to do things like my brother and I were. I hated cleaning and never wanted to do it, but now I am so thankful for my parents making me clean because I have realized how important it is. I have also realized how many of my peers now don’t take any responsibility or time to clean. Not even in the slightest bit. I learned that the hard way when I went to college.

I have roomed with nine different girls since I started college and none of them have ever taken responsibility when it comes to cleaning or sanitation. The first room I lived in was the worst experience for me. One of the girls never cleaned in the whole year I lived with her. That includes dirty dishes. She would leave her food mold in the fridge, borrow my dishes without permission and ruin them because she couldn’t cook, never cleaned the dishes she used and kept her room a mess. Another girl wasn’t too bad. She wasn’t around much so never really made a mess, but never took part in cleaning our kitchen or living area that we all shared. The other girl would help me clean, which was good, but she was a messy, cluttered and unorganized person. If she cleaned by her self she would do a half assed job of it.

I would come back to Pittsburgh from being home for a weekend, walk into my dorm and see how much of a complete mess it was and start crying. I don’t mean just a little dirty I mean it was unsanitary. Its hard to describe how bad it was, but it was terrible.

The second room started off okay. The girls would clean the kitchen and living area every so often. Maybe three or four times in the whole time I lived with them, but considering we had bed bugs for six months the entire living situation was always a complete mess. There was a lot of times where Travis (boyfriend) would come out to see me for a weekend and clean the place for me because he knew how stressed it made me.

Now I am in a third room and new school and I still have the same problem. I clean every weekend and by Friday this place is a disgusting, shit hole. My roommate hasn’t cleaned ever. She barely does her dishes. The other two girls in the next room wash there dishes, but they have never taken time to clean the kitchenette or shared living space that they use more than I do.

When I clean I go all out. I use bleach and other disinfectant sprays. I scrub the shower and the toilet, clean the inside of the toilet, clean the bathroom sink, faucet, and count top, wipe the mirrors, vacuum, swifter, mop, scrub the kitchen counter, clean out the microwave, clean the garbage can, the whole nine yards. It usually takes me three-four hours to clean the whole place.

I think the most frustrating part about it is that I work (15-20 hours) and am taking six class on top of that. I’m also a junior who is close to graduating and they are only sophomores. All three of them have jobs but they don’t work nearly as much as I do. So I have less time to worry about cleaning up after someone’s mess. But this place is so gross that I keep cleaning because of how much living somewhere that is unsanitary stresses me out. I don’t deserve to clean up someone’s mess because they are too irresponsible to do it themselves.

I don’t understand how someone can be okay with living that way. Do they just not care? Did their parents never bring them up to clean up after themselves? Are they just spoiled brats who are used to having everything in life done for them? I’m not sure, but from my experience its not going to get any better.

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.

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

I’ve arrived!


It’s the night before my orientation and I’m wide-awake with anticipation! (Ha! That kind of rhymes.)

Philly has greeted me with some woes right when I first arrived. Before this move I have only been in the city a mere three times. One can imagine how nerve racking moving into a place you know nothing about. I would love to say that there were no worries in my mind and I was completely at ease but that would be a fib. I was nervous about moving into a new place and sharing it with two complete strangers. Besides living with my brother for the first year of my college experience I have never lived with roommates. This is where the majority of my nervousness comes from. Because I found this place on my own there is no match making when it comes to roommates. I am moving in with girls who are already living in the apartment. Although all are Temple students I know nothing else about them. As of now I have the apartment to myself and soon the other girls will move back in from their homes. I wish I knew more about my future roomies but I have no way of contacting them.
Upon moving into the apartment I found the living space to be an utter mess! I am not the cleanest person out there but this place was certainly unacceptable and hardly “move-in ready”. Trash was in the middle of the living room with flies all around. The stench was all throughout the place. When I opened the refrigerator I immediately regretted it! The landlord handed off the keys to me and jetted away without acknowledging the mess. I am ever grateful that my parents were with me, because if not I would have had to clean the entire apartment myself. My father called the landlord as soon as he entered the apartment. In a nice but definitely stern way he described the mess and his disappointment. Thanks to my parents the place was cleaned and no feathers were ruffled.
Lesson learned here is to 1. Make sure you check out the place you are moving into with great care. Inspect everything. 2. Never be afraid to insist on things that are in your right to insist upon. If you do not stand up and be clear then you will be easily taken advantage of. 3. Be thankful for your parents and the examples they are for your life!!
I have much to prepare before the morning comes. I will update after the orientation. Take care everyone!
-Ash

P.S. Miss you Rach!!

12 days


Today was my last day of work for the summer. I plan on spending the next two weeks packing, cleaning, and spending time with my friends and family. Ashley left for Philly two days ago and I’m already bored with out her. Before she left I gave her and her brother Geoff some farewell gifts. I gave her and Geoff some groceries to divide amongst themselves, along with reusable grocery bags. I bought Ash the newest issue of Cosmopolitan, bath towels, hand sanitizer, bowls, plates, chap stick and shaving cream. We spent her last night by going out to eat at a local Italian restaurant and having a camp fire. I’ve posted some photos below.

You can check out more photos from our night on our flickr page here.

Onto some college news; last week I received a letter saying who my roommates would be! I found them all on facebook but have only talked to roomie 1* maybe five time and roomie 2* just messaged me yesterday. The other roommate accepted me but I havent received any messages from her yet. So far the two girls I have talked to seem nice. Roomie 1 seems very energetic and outgoing. Roomie 2 seems very chill so far. I’m curious to see what my rooming situation will be like this year because I didn’t have some great experiences from the past when I went to AiP. I don’t expect to be best friends with my roommates of course but I hope that we can all get along so we can live comfortably.

I’m really excited for school to start. I just want to get there and do my thing and get right into working and all the fun college stuff. I’m very impatient so I’m getting antsy.

Well that’s all the news for today! Till the next post…

-Rachel

(* Real names not used for privacy)