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Grad School

13 Aug

Recently my mother decided she was fed up with the path that her life was taking and decided to make a change for the better. (family trend?) Anyhoodle. She threw a couple of different options out on the table and ho hummed a bit. But the option that kept rising to the top was always some form of counselor.

My mom is the type of person that, while she is talking to you, she’s trying to figure out where you are in the birth order of your family – among other personal-make-you-tick details – and she’s very good at it! So it was a natural fit for her to decide to go back to school for a degree and family therapy.

The application process was arduous – lots of papers to fill out, essays to write, letters of recommendation to ask for, a mission statement, not to mention financial aid, culminating in a board interview – all to find out the deadline was “yesterday”. (“yesterday” was a few weeks ago, but late for fall quarter deadline, nonetheless)

So it was with a little shock when she received a call early one morning that, if she could get her letter of intent – thus completing her application – together quite quickly, she could still have an interview for the fall semester. With some help from her friend Carla – but mostly her own steam – my mom was able to pull everything together and go for her interview yesterday (really, yesterday).

From the sound of it, the interview went pretty well, though she was still nervous hours after it had ended. We barely talked on the phone last night – I think she was still running around in her head and I was just dead tired – great conversation starters both.

Today I got an early morning phone call from her and the only thing she said, other than “Hi.” was …. “I got in.”

Congratulations Mom. I am so proud of you for getting everything together and wowwing the interviewers yesterday. I knew you would do well and I know you’ll do even better in the future as a student and a counselor. You’ll do great things at Seton Hill. I’m so happy for you and proud of you!

I love you, Mom!


Jenny’s Graduation

23 Jun

Here are a few photos from Jenny’s graduation from Ohio Universtiy. The flash didn’t work all that well and there is motion blur on the one and only shot where she knows she’s supposed to be looking at the camera from her seat. Whoops.

Oh well. At least she didn’t trip ; )

Congratulations Jenny. I’m really proud of you!

Day 16

16 Mar


Try as I might, I cannot find a photo to adequately convey how empty my classroom was this evening. Between the Pitt Game (loss to WVU) and the Pens (loss to CBJ!!!) – both of which I was able to watch even though I stayed for the whole class – attendance was at a minimum – and that was before break time at which point a few more people left.

So you’re stuck with a photo of my local where I ruled the juke box and High Top picnic table. Ruled is a fluid term, as I’m sure some of those at T&T’s would rather I not play the juke box. Ever again.

Day 9

9 Mar

ynzIt’s either the greatest lesson in Pittsburghese, or the teacher of my GMAT class has some pronunciation issues.

Pittsburghese is the language spoken here in Pittsburgh. It sounds quite similar to English but is actually more loose off the tongue. For instance, one would say something like “Dere’s daht cahch on dere lahn gin” when in actuality, they mean “There’s that couch on their lawn again”. The addition of “h” and flat “a” sounds makes this a vernacular like none other.

Tonight I learned two new words: Nohroscience and Combinding. Now, I believe the first word is a specific area of science that might be closely relating to Neuroscience, or the study of the brain and nervous system, and the second word could have something to with either addition – as in math – or a machine on a farm (I don’t think that word has a “d”, though, just a “combine”) but I could be wrong on both counts.

Either way, I’m tired of the accent. I think I’m going to speak in the Queen’s English throughout the entirety of class next week.

That way correcting her sounds extra proper.

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