Category Archives: Written by Students

Success at P.I.T.

by Jeanelle Jefferson
Jeanelle
My experience at P.I.T. was nothing short of amazing. I first came to the Center City campus in the fall of 2012, where I began my semester in their Medical Billing and Coding program. I was not sure what exactly I was getting myself into and I did not think I was actually cut out for college.

Fortunately, I found out that I was wrong. My grades were far above what I had expected, and I achieved straight A’s through the entire program, ending with a 4.0 grade point average. My Medical Billing and Coding teacher, Ms. Mayberry, encouraged me to apply for P.I.T.’s Allied Health program in which I could obtain an Associate Degree in Science.

I was nervous at first but after discussing the decision with my family and friends, I decided to go ahead and enroll in the degree program. My first semester on the Allied Health side was absolutely eye opening. The staff along with the courses was more than what I had imagined, and it gave me a new insight on what I wanted to do with my life.

The program is filled with skilled teachers who are passionate about their work and even more passionate about their students’ achievements. By the end of both semesters I had made the Dean’s List twice and was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa honor society in May of this year. Not long after I had finished my degree, I received an invitation to the University of Pennsylvania to visit their school as a transfer choice.

I was beyond ecstatic and still till this day cannot believe it. I am currently filling out my application for University of Pennsylvania as a Psychology major. Because of P.I.T. my life has been forever changed in more ways than one and I will be forever thankful. I have met truly inspiring people and made some lifelong friends along the way. My goals, determination and aspirations were all tested through my time at P.I.T. and it was an experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

The Library is Your Friend

I think I can speak for the majority of us when I say I don’t go to the library, period.

I love to read, but I never find myself eager to want to stop by and see what the Library has. After doing some searching around on the web about what the Library could do for us, whether it’s for stimulating the brain or using the resources for coursework, I found reasons on why your local Library should be like your local book shop – a great place to get lost for a few hours.

162_6291First and most importantly, chat it up with the librarian — she clearly knows more than yourself, especially if you are not a frequent visitor.  Also, become familiar with locations of books such as fiction, non-fiction, or biography’s. That way you won’t waste your time walking around in circles and end up with nothing but a headache.

Another cool attribute in today’s technology is that we now have the ability to read a book on our smart phones, computers, Kindles ©, and all types of electronics, which I feel is pretty awesome — although I do love the smell of an old library book!

Ask your librarian, or google books that may interest you, and check to see if they can be downloaded onto whatever device you choose.

Lastly, an important detail is that you can check what kind of books your library holds by checking out P.I.T.’s website at my.pit.edu and going into Academic Resources, which I feel every school’s website must have. You can use P.I.T.’s Online Library to access Research and Subject Guides created for your use by P.I.T.`s Librarians, and find articles, reference sources, e-books, and other digital resources. Just search different topics you may want to learn more about.

So, next time you want to blow the library off for an afternoon of your favorite cartoon re-run, stop on over and explore everything this romance, educational, murder mystery, and “how to” book filled extravaganzas has to offer for your personal and learning interest!

It’s all about ME!

Recently I have been conducting interviews for the staff here at the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology, and I got to thinking “why not interview myself so people can get to know me better?” So if you have some spare time, take a second and read all about me!

Q: What high school did you attend?

A: I went to Upper Darby High School in Drexel Hill, PA
Morgan McLaughlin
Q: What college did you go to?

A: Well right after I graduated high school in 2013, I was accepted to the Art Institute of Philadelphia for Fashion Marketing and Management, but I didn’t go and honestly I don’t know why. Then I went to Delaware County Community College but didn’t have a great experience so I dropped out. Finally after a year I enrolled here at the P.I.T and I couldn’t be happier!

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

A: Right now my current major is Business Administration, and I am still in the process of earning my Associates degree, but it usually takes about 2 years.

Q: Was there ever a time where you wanted to give up and take the easy route?

A: ALWAYS, unfortunately. I was one of those kids in high school, and even sometimes to this day I get lazy, and I want everything to be easy. But I have been through some tough obstacles that were not easy at all, and I overcame them and became a better person because of it. People tend to make success complicated, myself included. If you show up, do your work the best you can, maybe even put in a little extra effort and strive for your dreams, you’ll get it. Then one day you’ll look back at how “easily rough” it was, if that makes sense?

Q: Any hobbies?

A: Well on and off I have been going to the gym and I am hoping this year my parents get me a membership to LA Fitness for Christmas, because for once I want to be able to finish something, plus I want to become healthier. Usually when it comes to the gym and I, it just doesn’t work out. It’s that ‘being lazy’ thing, I presume. I have a gut feeling that when I do start it in 2015, I am going to stick with it and my gut feelings are right 95% of the time. Other than working out, I do love to write, obviously, and I also love love love reading fashion magazines and sometimes sketching designs!

Q: Dream job?

A: I was 110% sure I wanted to be a whole bunch of things but once I started here at P.I.T  and got the job as the Social Media blogger I knew I wanted to be a journalist for a fashion magazine like ELLE, Marie Claire, Vogue, Nylon, etc.. Although I still wouldn’t mind being a wardrobe stylist for a movie/ TV show.

Q: What’s your favorite TV show, song, and color?

A: Favorite TV show is “Reign” on the CW – seriously, I’m obsessed. I highly recommended it. If you ask my boyfriend he’ll tell you I have way too many favorite songs! But right now I would have to say that my favorite song is anything on the new Taylor swift album “1989,” which is odd because I never liked Taylor Swift before. And my favorite color is orange. It’s just reminds me of summer and I think is fun and bright!

If you would like to know me a little bit better or suggest some topics for the PIT Blog, you can always email me or visit me on the Media Campus, I’m always floating around here somewhere!

(School email: 14mclaug7635@pit.edu)

Become an Amazing Employee

Having a job is super important, for it will provide you and your family with the essentials in life such as food, water, shelter, clothes, etc. There are tons of ways to become an admirable employee and I have gathered these 10 steps to give you a head start!

1. Be on time – and call if you know you’ll be late.

2. Behave well – you are always representing the company.

3. Learn how to take criticism well –  people will speak their minds and it’s not always good news. Use it constructively to improve your work.

i love my job4. Be confident! You were hired for this position, which means the management saw something great in you.

5. Dress professionally – the best rule to follow is this: If you need to ask yourself if your outfit is appropriate, it probably is not.

6. Be productive – when you are done one task, offer to help co-workers or look for something you can do to improve what you’ve already done.

7. Help solve a problem – don’t be afraid to offer suggestions, and don’t be put off if your idea isn’t chosen. Continue to be supportive to your co-workers and when the problem is yours, they will help you to solve it.

8. Be appreciative – not only for the job you’ve managed to get hired for. Appreciate gestures of friendship, acts of kindness, and the guidance of your peers and supervisors.

9. Be active – productivity will increase if you are not the person always glued to your desk.

10. “This is your job, do it well, or someone else will” – especially in the current state of unemployment, be aware that if you are not willing to put in the effort to do an excellent job, there are plenty of other people who will be glad to take your place.

Holiday Gift Idea

I hope you are all on the Nice List this year because Christmas is creeping up on us! If you’re like me and have a hard time trying to find a perfect gift for your honey and family, it makes you go crazy, and then eat all the holiday cookies. I have found some gift ideas and I am still searching for more to help you guys to give the perfect gift this Christmas.holiday shopping

Gift Ideas for Mother: 

  • Bath set: Choose a fragrance she loves, or if you’re not sure my suggestion would be lilac –  it smells amazing, and it is also to be said that the smell of lilacs will help you unwind.
  • “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend”: If you are well equipped in the money department, consider buying your mom a necklace specifically for her. For example; a personalized wax seal is great if your mom still writes letters; a “mom” charm for her bracelet; a toggle necklace or an engraved pendant with your name on it from Things Remembered.
  • DIY: Do it yourself! Create an original piece for her to express how thankful you are and how much you appreciate her. Check out Michaels Arts and Crafts or AC Moore for fun and glittery items to use
  • What does she need?: Snoop around the house to see if she may be in need of a particular item: hand soap with a scented lotion to match,  new shoes, a blanket, or a scarf.
  • Gift Card: Check out her favorite store and grab her a gift card for something easy!

Gift Ideas for Father:

  • Cologne: Figure out what his favorite brand is – or introduce him to something new – and snag it next time you’re out shopping
  • Tools: If your dad is handy man, no harm in upgrading his tool belt! Home Depot, Lowe’s, or Sears are full of ideas.
  • Brews: Buy a 6 pack of his favorite beer and maybe throw in his favorite movie as well!
  • Gift Card: Men are already so hard to shop for, so stop by his favorite shop and grab him a gift card – i.e. Dicks Sporting Goods, Cabela’s, Footlocker, or Macys

Gift Ideas for Brother and Sister:

Some of the mother and father gifts could be used for your siblings, but if you don’t want to gift repeat then really think about what they enjoy:

  • Clothes
  • Video games
  • Makeup kits
  • Sports gear
  • Toys (if they are younger)

Gift Ideas for Your Significant Other: 

  • Sentimental: Personalize a necklace or watch with your anniversary dates
  • Unexpected: So it may be a little pricey at times for certain items that they wouldn’t expect getting, but it’s your special person and aren’t they worth it?!
  • Wish Fulfillment: Chances are they have dropped hints here and there now that the Christmas season is coming up. Pick up what they’re putting down, and you should have no problems!
  • Personal Touch: Make a coupon book and include things like “free back rub”, “dinner and a movie of your choice”, “breakfast in bed.” I’m sure they will enjoy the personal touch much more than something you just picked up in desperation to give them something all wrapped up.

Even though the best thing to give is your love during this holiday season, I hope this has helped you out. I’ll keep looking around for some new and different ideas, but these are great starters or back up plans if you can’t seem to find anything!

My Life at PIT – No Rest for the Weary

HeadacheThis week has been, well, its hasn’t been that great. I’ve been conjuring up this excruciating headache that feels like my brain is actually spinning around in circles like a merry-go-round, and after being seen by my doctor I was told I was actually sick. It came to me as a shock because usually I know when I’m sick or getting sick. I guess last week my throat was hurting me, and I did take some time off, but I didn’t know it was to the extent that the doctor would have to prescribe me with antibiotics.

It was all a bit confusing. And missing school is not okay with me because I am missing valuable information in my classes. I am also missing out on working and making money that I desperately need  for a million purposes. Since this is  my first semester back to school, I have found myself fighting battles trying to get up and to remember why I’m going to school. If it were that easy to sleep in and have a perfect life, I don’t think anyone would be happy to be honest. You’ve got to go through tough decisions and life lessons to really become the person that you are today. If everything was perfect I believe that everyone would be the same, and to me that’s boring.

So, I have to constantly remind myself that I am working my way to the top, or at least I hope I get there, and to ask for help when I need it. That was always one of my flaws, never asking for help and I think that’s why I did struggle so much through my high school years. I have been thrown into so many different situations where at some point it did get the best of me, but learning from that and other lessons I know what I need to do in order to succeed. Although it may be tough going to school with a cold and having a hard time trying to focus on my school work with this headache, I know it will all be worth it in the end.

Nothing is easy in this world, and if its easy, its not worth it.

Meet the ELT: Introducing Craig Jacobs

Today’s interview was all about Craig Jacobs, the Registrar at P.I.T. I hope when you read this you may feel a connection to his background, maybe even enough to introduce yourself and ask him more about his determination and life choices. He works in the Academic Records Office that I’m 100% sure you have all passed on the way to classes and such. All you have to do is stop in and say “hi!”
craig profile

Q: Where did you attend high school?

A: Archbishop Ryan High School in Philadelphia

Q: What college did you go to?

A: I attended Drexel University for undergraduate work and Temple University and University of Maryland, University College for graduate work.

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

A: I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Physics – it was a five year program with co-operative work experience interspersed in that time. At Temple, I completed my Masters degree in Sociology and much of the Ph.D. program with a focus on Sociology of Science and Sociology of Gender – I attended about 6 years. Recently I completed a graduate certificate in Technology in Distance Education at UMUC. That took about a year and a half. Much of what I learned there was applied as I worked with our team here to bring blended learning to the college. So lifelong learning is important.

Q: What is your favorite thing about P.I.T. as a member of the Executive Leadership Team?

A: My favorite thing about P.I.T. is our Mission. I like being part of helping students succeed, especially when so many are the first in their family to attend college. The best days of the year are when we have graduations and you see how happy and proud students and their families are of their accomplishment. I love being part of that.

Q: When did you start working here at P.I.T.?

A: 1998

Q: How about your favorite color, TV show, and song?

A: My favorite color is black. Favorite TV show; I get a kick out of “Alpha House” and “The Daily Show.” In the past, I’ve loved “The IT Crowd” and “Scrubs”…I like comedies in general. Favorite song is tough. More recently, I liked listening to Lorde’s, “Royals” and Awolnation’s, “Kill Your Heroes.” But the songs that have stood the test of time for me are by the bands The Sundays, Howard Jones, Men at Work and Supertramp. I’ve listened to their albums again and again over the years.

Q: What made you choose the job of Registrar?

A: The skills that I learned in Sociology are really what led me to be the Registrar. In Sociology you learn a lot of skills useful in today’s business environment – like data analysis. I initially started at P.I.T. in Research and Planning and that evolved into the management of the Registrar’s Office and eventually Registrar. It wasn’t a plan from the beginning, but an evolution based on what was needed at the College, what I was good at, and how I could help fill that need.

Q: If you had the chance to hop into a time machine and go back a couple years, what would you do differently?

A: This is going back more than a couple years, but I’d probably have relaxed a bit more in high school and not been so ultra-serious. I think I missed out on some good times and friendship by being that way.

Student Veteran Organization presents: Thanksgiving Food Drive

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, literally! It’s a day to be thankful for all we have been blessed with, but for the less fortunate it may be tough. So, I am happy to announce that the SVO (Student Veteran Organization) is holding a Thanksgiving Food Drive.

The food should be in sealed boxes and cans, and is to be dropped off in the donation cartons that are placed on the porch area of the school (at the front of the school, by the seating area.) The donations will be given to a Delaware County food bank that is located at a church in Prospect Park, PA.

The statistics are frightening – 15% or more households in Pennsylvania alone are struggling daily with a food hardship. At this time of year, as we think about the holidays and what they mean, it’s more important than ever to reach out and help our community, to lend a helping hand and donate foods for the less fortunate. It’s a cause that needs our help, and I hope you all are able to help out this holiday season.

Meet Jack Bacon!

Today I had the chance to interview the funny and charming Jack Bacon – Chief Information Officer at the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology. While I was preparing myself for this meeting, I was a bit nervous seeing as this was my first official interview with any of the Executive Leadership Team members since I became the social media blogger. While I was talking to Mr. Bacon, I felt like I could just keep rambling and asking questions; he is so easy to talk to, and has many similarities to myself and I’m sure for many other students as well.

JackBacon_smallestQ: Where did you attend high school?

A: “Upper Darby High School”

Q:  What college did you go to?

A: “Pennsylvania Institute of Technology, but when it was located in Upper Darby, PA.”

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

A: “I went for my Electronics degree  and it took me the 2 years to achieve it, but it took about 7 years after working in retail post-high school to figure out what I really wanted to do in my life.”

Q: What was your favorite thing about P.I.T. as a student then, and now as a member of the Leadership Team?

A: “As a student I enjoyed the fact that I really knew the instructors, and as an employee now, having the ability to make an impact on a student’s life”

Q: When did you start working here at P.I.T.?

A: “1992″

Q: How about your favorite color, TV show, and song?

A: Blue, “Grace Point” is a great show, and any song by Queen is the best.”

Q: What made you choose the job of Chief Information Officer?

A: “I don’t think we pick the jobs we have, I think the jobs pick us. Plus, I was great at math and I had a strong passion for computers.”

Q: If you had the chance to hop into a time machine and go back a couple years, what would you do differently?

A: “I would have definitely paid more attention in high school, went straight into college to earn my degree and stayed focused, that’s for sure.”

So, as you can see, Jack Bacon is just like us students that may have struggled in the beginning to get to where we are now. His career path shows that once you put your best foot forward and focus on the road you are mean to be on, nothing can stop you. Just keep on keeping on!

Stay tuned to the blog and to Facebook and Twitter to meet each of the members of the Executive Leadership Team at P.I.T.

 

Choosing the right path

Every day people struggle with what they are going to do with certain situations. For me, I still have some thinking to do about where I am going to transfer after I leave P.I.T. At first I thought I had it all figured out, but now I have to take a step back and really think things through.

I know that  I want to continue my education for fashion journalism, but what school I’m going to pick is a whole other story. At first I had my heart set on New York City at the Fashion Institute of Technology or Parsons The New School of Design. I still yearn for the chance to go there, but I also feel as if I need to think practically. First, since I would be considered an “out of state” student the tuition is 2 times the “in state” student amount and money has not been a real great friend of mine. Second, it’s scary, to leave home and be on my own for 2-4 years! Yes, I know NYC is only about 2 hours away and there are holidays, but I’m a home body. I love to see my family and boyfriend everyday, so giving that up will be extremely difficult. Third, what if I get too stressed and can’t grasp the concept of my education out there? I mean, of course I’ll do my best, but sometimes that might not be good enough. Also, the fashion industry is a dog-eat-dog world, so that is intimidating as well. There are a lot of factors that go into making a decision like this, sometimes it can become overwhelming.

One thing I know for sure is that I absolutely, entirely want to become a writer, I mean hey, It’s the job I have now! I do have a year and a half to figure it all out. I am going to apply to the schools in NYC just to see if I can get in, and apply to Philly U and Temple here in Philadelphia as well, for a back-up plan. As I journey through these years, I know I have to keep my grades up and keep striving for my goal, even if I don’t know exactly where to start at!