Category Archives: My Life at PIT

The Burden of Responsibility

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This week I have the opportunity to watch 5 dogs. Yes you heard me correctly: five.

 My sister, her boyfriend, and his family are all on an amazing vacation in Mexico! How lucky are they?! Anyway, I was offered the chance to watch their dogs while they were away, and I was super pumped because I absolutely adore animals. But let’s be honest; I definitely did not prepare very well for it.

 I jumped right to saying yes the day I was asked and from that point on I never even put thought into it. Not until I was there, with these dogs, who were suddenly all my responsibility. And although the dogs are super easy to take care of, my anxiety flies through the roof because I always feel like I forgot something, whether I mistakenly left one outside or forgot to give medicine to the one with allergies. It’s a huge responsibility. And I don’t mind, so much as I just didn’t know how stressful it could be. These dogs are the center of their owners’ life! With 5 of them, I’m a little bit in over my head.

 Nevertheless, I know I can do it; it will just take some getting used to. And let’s face it: the most difficult part isn’t taking care of the dogs – playing with them, walking them, feeding them — it’s pretty basic stuff. The worst part is really the fact that I can’t sleep in my own bed with my big fluffy comfortable blankets; that’s probably the most difficult part of it all.

College Didn’t Just Teach Me Math Skills

Since starting school here at the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology, I’ve learned a lot about myself. The main thing I’ve learned – in just the past couple weeks – is that I for sure want to be a journalist, whether it’s for a magazine, newspaper, or a broadcast journalist. Writing is what puts my mind at ease and I do truly enjoy it, so why couldn’t I figure that out to begin with?

That’s the second thing I’ve learned: I make situations harder on myself then they actually are. I guess you could call me a curious and complicated cat. Another aspect about myself I figured out was that I am smarter than I thought. I mean I’m an honor student – can I get a HALLELUJAH?! I was so proud of myself when I received that letter in the mail – even more excited than I get when I find my pay check laying in that cold black box outside my door!journalist

College isn’t just a time to study and set yourself up for a career; to me it’s more than that. It’s a time when you really find out who you are, what your limits are, and who you want to become, and to me that’s pretty important. Long nights cramming and studying for weeks make you think a lot about how far you’re willing to take yourself for what you really want.

You also have to be willing to put yourself out there to meet new people because that’s a huge part of life. It’s especially true if you need to make connections with people that will, in turn, get you into the job that you want or even place you right in the position you’ve been dreaming of. Maybe it’s just me, but this is how I feel about college. You may have a different opinion, which is perfectly fine. Just make sure you are making the best out of your experience and enjoying every second of it.

Resolution Check Up

resolution check upNow that the tinsel and mistletoe are tucked away and taking a long winters nap, it’s time to get out of your food comas and get the ball rolling once again. It’s a new year and I can almost guarantee most of your New Year’s resolutions are “to become the best version of yourself”.  Luckily for you, a new semester is a great way to reinvent yourself.

It’s time to forget about the Christmas movie marathons and start thinking about scheduling study marathons with a group of friends in your classes! I feel as if this semester is short, which can only mean that final exams will sneak up on you quicker than Cupid on Valentine’s Day, shooting his arrows left and right in the name of love.

The best way to accomplish your New Year’s resolution is to first set short-term goals for yourself. For example, for us students, we all know those dreaded tests are bound to pop up. So for this month tell yourself you will get a B or higher on those pesky papers. Once you achieve that, keeping moving forward – maybe add in something like “eating healthy” and “exercising.” As a bonus, being mindful of what you put in your body and staying active will greatly improve the way you think and feel, especially about school. However, don’t tell yourself you’ll be able to do something outrageous, and certainly do not punish yourself if what you thought you would get done didn’t happen for you.

This world is made up of mistakes. Do you think if someone was so precise about fabric color, we would have tie-dye? I don’t think so — someone had to have knocked over the paint to develop that funky swirling pattern.

So remember that if you mess up or fall off the track, tell yourself “tomorrow is a new day.” Or as the singer Aaliyah said “if at first you don’t succeed try, try again” If it takes you a couple days, weeks or months, IT’S FINE. I will bet you a million dollars that you’re not the only one struggling!

Sleepyhead Syndrome

To be completely honest, I absolutely love my sleep. It has become one of my best friends. I remember a time in pre-school when I wouldn’t get up from nap time, so they dragged my bed into the classroom and I woke up to all the kids staring at me. I’m not too sure if it was a lesson the nuns wanted to teach me but all I gained from that experience is an extra an 15 minutes of sleep with a snack and chocolate milk waiting for me. Who wouldn’t love that?

This morning my mom said to me “What makes us sleepy?” and being the curious cat that I am, I wanted to find out. I did some research and came across a website called NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the name of the article was “What makes you sleep”. Upon reading this, I discovered that your body “clock” is a 24-hour repeated rhythm, which is also called circadian rhythm. There are 2 processes to the circadian rhythm, the first is a pressure to sleep that increases every hour of being awake. The second is all about your “internal” clock. This means that certain signals in your environment can trigger your sleepiness, such as light for morning time and darkness for night time. When it gets dark, your body will release Melatonin in order for your body to prepare to fall asleep.

Things that can make you feel tired are:

original_sleepyhead-pillowcase-teddyDehydration- Just because you’re feeling lightheaded, doesn’t mean you’re hungry. Next time try to drink a bottle (or 2) of water!

Cell phones- Constantly being on that phone of yours increases brain activity, making it almost impossible to fall asleep (yikes!)

Extreme Workouts- Running for longer than 30 minutes can rev up production on cortisol, which is a stress hormone.

Low Iron- If you’re not getting up to 18 milligrams per day of iron, you can start to feel worn out!

So if tomorrow you feel like a zombie, like I feel today, remember these tips. Re-evaluate how your day was yesterday, did you stay up all night on your phone? Did you drink enough water? Or are you just simply a night owl? For the nights were you find yourself counting sheep and it not working, try staying up all night, on a day off of course, and keep yourself busy throughout the next day. When 7 or 8 pm starts to roll around, settle yourself down –  maybe watch some TV or read a book, something that will make your eyes heavy. This way you’ll fall asleep at normal time and wake up feeling refreshed. I like to call it the “internal clock cleanse.”

 

 

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Scatter My Ashes Where?

bergdorfsSecond semester has rolled around as I’m sure you all know, but just like a new semester I have begun to have new thoughts about my career path. Better yet, I have been contemplating my career path. My mind is all wrapped up in thoughts about the future and it’s hard for me to stay focused on the present. I completely understand that the program I am in now is a great one to be in, but what if I wanted to transfer to one of my choices whether that be an art school in Philadelphia or New York to become an art director?  Or maybe I want to take a more concrete path and try becoming a Dental Hygienist or Veterinarian. Regardless, I need certain classes to transfer to one of these options and right now I don’t believe my current studies can do that. I’m a tad hesitant though to switch, I don’t want to mess up anything or get people confused or angry by switching… (That’s for sure one of my flaws, “people pleasing”.)

I just have so many hopes and dreams I can never get my thoughts together. Recently, I watched a movie on Netflix called “Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s” Now if you don’t know what Bergdorf’s is… well, shame on you! Bergdorf’s is just the first half of Bergdorf Goodman, which is a department store in New York City. In this movie they talked about the history of the building and the Bergdorf and Goodman families. Upon feasting my eyes on the gorgeous Louboutin heels and Michael Kors dresses, I fell in love with my love for fashion all over again. Don’t you think that means something? Or does it not? This is the constant battle I have with myself. Do I just love it or is it the path I should take. I mean I love food but I know for sure I don’t want to take that route. I have an unpleasant job in my past to thank for that.

As the movie went on, I admired the scenery of New York City so much I felt as if my heart melted for it. A women named Linda Fargo appeared and she is known as the “eyes of Bergdorf’s” or so I’ve read, yet I do believe it’s true. As Senior Vice President at the luxurious store, she is “responsible for spotting trends and shaping the visual identity of the storied and opulent New York department store,” says the Business of Fashion website. The job she or any fashion guru, art director, photographer, journalist excites me but also scares me half to death!  That’s when I start to think about possibly dentistry or becoming a vet. I can still be the trendy fashionista that I am, especially when I would be making a good living to treat myself in that way, let myself indulge in the fashion industry even if I’m not exactly in it, in it. Does that make sense?

To help people or animals would be amazing! I have come to believe that my nature is to nurture. To take care of others whether it’s on their teeth or furry belly’s. Another thing that puts a wrench in my thoughts is I have these visions of my future living in the suburbs, me working the 9-5 as well as my husband and then coming home and enjoying their company. I adore those thoughts because I do want a job where I can come home at 5 or 6 at night and have a meal with my loved ones. Heck maybe living on a large amount of land with our chickens and horses. But hey, it’s not like I couldn’t do my writing on the side, maybe even start my own blog?

Have I lost you yet? I bet while reading this you’re just as confused as I am — trust me, I get it. I have a long way to go before I finally decide on what path I am going to take whole heartedly. At least I only have to pick between 3, and not 5 or 6 anymore, right?

 

Plot Twist: Valentines Day – not just for couples?

Funny-Valentines-Day-Quotes-For-SinglesIf you are aware of your days and months – which I hope you all are – then you know that it’s February and only a few days left till Valentine’s Day.

Even though I am in a relationship, I definitely do not forget the “lonely” v-days and how I felt as if I were the only single girl out there! I know how silly it sounds now, but there are those who still wish they had that special someone to share it with.

To all the single guys and gals out there, no need to sweat it. Just because you see posts on Instagram and Twitter of lovey-dovey couples doesn’t mean you need to soak in your sobbing tears or build yourself up with anger. Doing those things will only affect you in the worst way possible. Instead, try making a girls’ night out of it. Instruct your single girl friends on what to bring such as popcorn, comedy and/or horror movies, a bottle of wine, board games, facial and nail kits etc… For the boys, simply invite your buddies over and telling them to bring some beer, video games, and snacks (enough to feed 10 even if there’s only 4 of you!) -For those who would prefer the company of both a male or female presence during this heart-shaped holiday, try something new like gathering a group of your single girl and guy friends and creating a scavenger hunt throughout the town

In all honesty, there is no need to sulk and become miserable on Valentine’s Day. Treat yourself to flowers, a card, heck even buy yourself that box of chocolate covered strawberries, who cares! As long as you are reminding yourself you don’t need anyone to make you happy or complete, and that you are just as amazing single as you would be in a relationship. Bottom line is, never forget you, regardless of what holiday it is.

 

My Life at PIT: Procrastination

Sadly, I am one who procrastinates. About a month ago I was given 3 papers that are due this week — the week of finals. So of course I waited until the last minute to do them. I actually have one due tomorrow and I think I have about 3 sentences done. Yikes! The other 2 papers are done, thank goodness.procrastination

The only reason why I wait so long? I used to have everything done on time. Then, the night before certain things were due, I would freak out trying to figure out if I did it or not, even scrambling around the house trying to find it. So now I say to myself, “Save yourself the aggravation and torture, and just wait like a week or two before it’s due. Five page papers aren’t hard to do…”

Well I was wrong. The one paper I have to do is on such a broad topic —  and not very clear I might add –  that I’m struggling to figure out what to write about for it. Thankfully, my internet was turned back on so now I have all night to figure it out. These next 2 days I’m not too worried about my sleep. Hey, I’ll get all the sleep I need when it’s all over. A nice long rest will help me relax for this winter break! I am jam-packed with working at school, studying for finals, and getting these papers done. I’m surprised my head hasn’t fallen off yet!

Eventually, maybe, possibly… I’ll learn to not procrastinate, and not to let myself freak out about it, but that’s a part of life I guess. I have to learn and grow at some point!

Meet the ELT: It’s Annamarie Cassidy!

Today I interviewed Annamarie Cassidy, PIT’s Chief Financial Officer. Her office is located in the Business Office. First of all, we hit it off right from the start. I know 2 of her nephews that I used to hang out with while we were in high school: it’s a small world! Besides that, I really enjoyed this interview because I felt super comfortable talking with her. She’s super nice, very easy to talk to, and has a great personality!

AMCQ: What college did you attend?

A: “West Chester University”

Q: What was your major and how long did it take to get it?

A: “My major was accounting and it took me the 4 years to achieve it. I wanted to get in and get out”

Q: What do you love most about P.I.T.?

A: “What I love the most is my staff and co-workers who I have found great friendships in. I also love being able to help students further their careers.”

Q: Do you have any hobbies?

A: “Yes. I love to cook, and about 3 years ago I took on knitting, so now I knit socks, sweaters, and blankets for my nieces and nephews and sometimes for my 5 other sisters.”

Q: When did you start working at the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology?

A: “I believe I started working here around 2006″

Q: What’s something people don’t know about you?

A: “Not much. I’m an open book. I love to interact with my staff, like bringing them food, telling them what I did during the weekend, and asking what they have planned. If someone were to ask if I were ‘the quiet one,’ a lot of people could vouch for me and say that’s defiantly not me.”

Q: Is there anything you would change about your past?

A: “I couldn’t say I regret anything. I see it as lessons learned. Although I wish I would have left my public accounting job in 10 years instead of 12 years, but I gained my CPA licenses, so overall I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Q: Who is your inspiration and why?

A: “My dad, he would always stress hard work, family commitment, and how family is everything. Being able to provide my sisters and I with memories from vacations and family traditions was important to us because we loved being around each other.”

Meet the ELT: Here’s Bob Hancox

As the interview adventures continue, I have managed to speak with the Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Bob Hancox. I discovered some info that even surprised me. Read on and find out what I learned!

Q: What High School did you go to?

A: “I went to Summit High School in New Jersey.”

Q: What college did you at go to and what was your major?

Bob HA: “Actually I went to 3 colleges, First was Lycoming College for my Bachelor’s Degree in Pre Med, then I went to Fairleigh Dickinson for my Masters in Business and lastly I went to Pace University and received my Ph.D. in Strategy.”

Q: What made you choose to work here at the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology and when did you start working here?

A: “I picked this particular school because I really enjoy P.I.T.’s passion for student success and I started 2005.”

Q: Do you have any hobbies?

A: “I am a huge fan of professional sports.”

Q: What is something people wouldn’t know about you?

A: “Once I graduated high school, I played minor baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals.”

Q: Would you change anything about your past?

A: “Honestly, I would go back and become a more conscientious student.”

Q: What are your dreams for the future of this school?

A: “I hope to strengthen our mission and to see more students succeed.”

Meet the ELT: Here Comes Laura Blomgren!

It’s always great to know who is involved with your school because it really shows what type of environment you will be in. Today’s interview brought me to the lovely, laid back, cool, and friendly Laura Blomgren, Director of Financial Aid. This interview was short, sweet and very informative for this blog post that I hope you enjoy.

Q: What college did you attend?

A: Goldey-Beacom College

Q: What was your major and how long did it take for you to achieve it?

Laura B 2 A: Well, before I went to Goldey-Beacom I did attend Delaware County Community College for 3 semesters to attain my General Education Studies. Once I did that, I transferred those credits over to Goldey-Beacom and received my Bachelor of Science in Financial Management within three years. A few months before I graduated with my Bachelors, I decided to pursue my MBA with a concentration in Financial Management, which I then completed within a year.

Q: What’s something you admire about P.I.T?

A: My favorite thing about P.I.T is how the ELT (Executive Leadership Team) works as a team and also being able to help students obtain their goal and help them strive for success.

Q: Have any hobbies?

A: Yes, I love biking and also going to concerts!

Q: Who is your inspiration and why?

A: I would have to say my parents are my inspiration. They have been through some rough patches and they just help out a lot when they don’t need to, including helping my brother and me.

Q: When did you start working here at the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology?

A: I started working here this past August 2014, I really enjoy it, and I’m still standing!

Q: Proudest moment?

A: Hmm… I think graduating college with an MBA is one of my proudest moments for sure.

Q: If you could change anything about your past, what would it be?

A: Nothing. I have no regrets because what I did in the past made me the person I am today.