Goodbye Duquesne by katzb
05.09.10, 9:20 am
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I’ve been waiting to post my finals blog until after graduation so I could report on the festivities, plus I’ve been super busy!

Finals weren’t too bad. I have two final papers, two presentations, and four exams, but I made it through! I still think one of the best feelings in the world is selling books back and recycling old notes. I am still checking DORI constantly because only half of my final grades have been posted. I picked up a free yearbook during my last day on campus, and it has been fun to look through and this years pictures and events.

The graduation ceremony for the whole University was on Friday at 5 p.m. There was a baccalaureate service earlier in the afternoon, but my family and I didn’t go. The whole school graduation was nice, and big! It was in the Palumbo Center and the students sat on the floor arranged by school. There was a speaker, we sang the Alma Mater, and the doctoral students were hooded by their advisors. After the ceremony, I went out to eat with my family and friends who had attended the event. It was a nice night, and we were glad we took part.

The Liberal Arts graduation was early Saturday morning. The event started at 9 a.m. and students were supposed to arrive early to get checked in, get their note card with their name on it, and arrange in alphabetical order. It wasn’t as chaotic as you’d think, and it was actually nice to see so many familiar faces of students and professors. I realized how many people I’ve come to either befriend or at least know from classes over the years, and how many different Liberal Arts professors I’ve come to know.

The Liberal Arts graduation went quickly, considering each graduate was called up on stage and given their (fake) diploma individually. (Our real diplomas get mailed to us after all final grades are submitted.) My family enjoyed seeing my walk across the stage! There was a reception following the ceremony, but we decided to skip because it was pretty cold outside!

My family planned a nice graduation dinner for my last night with friends and family. They wouldn’t tell me where we were going, they just told me to dress up! After driving through downtown passing every restaurant that I had guessed, we ended up at the Georgetowne Inn on Mt. Washington. I had been up to Mt. Washington a few times to take pictures, but never to eat! Before our reservation, we rode the Duquesne Incline down and back up for the great views and memories.

Then we ate right next to the window at the Georgetowne Inn, which was an amazing view! It was an awesome dinner and a great way to celebrate my graduation and moving on to the next phase. It was fireworks night at the Pirate game, so we got to end the night by watching fireworks on the river!

Overall, it was a great weekend. I am exhausted and a little stressed about the amount of packing I have to do in the next week, but the graduation ceremonies were a good way to celebrate my accomplishment. I’ve added some graduation pictures to the Liberal Arts facebook page, so take a look!

Thanks for sticking with me over the past two years, through tests, stress, jobs, applying to schools, and graduation. I’ve really enjoyed blogging and getting a chance to share my views and experiences with Duquesne and the College of Liberal Arts. Have a good summer, Duquesne students, and enjoy the years to have left on the Bluff.

-Brittany



10 things I’ll miss about Duquesne by katzb

There are about 4 weeks left of school and I’ve been thinking a lot about what I will miss about Duq. Here are my top 10.

10. Starbucks. Ok, I know there are about a million other Starbucks in the world, but Duquesne’s Starbucks is just so convenient and perfect for keeping me awake during night classes! Even when the line is literally out the door, you can always have your drink and be at your next class in a speedy 10 minutes.

9. The computers in the library. I’ll miss them so much I’m thinking about changing my laptop’s homepage to the Gumberg website. But seriously they are super convenient for checking the weather or e-mail quickly between classes.

8. The views. Whether it’s the city-view apartments in Brottier or the cityscape out the skywalk windows, the views from campus are priceless.

7. The constant bake sales in the Union. Buying a cookie that I really don’t need is easily justified when the money is going to Haiti or some sorority service project.

6. The eco-toilets in the Union. They make me feel like I’m being “green.”

5. Walking on campus. Seriously, where else in the world can you just walking right in front of cars?

4. The Power Center gym. It’s convenient, clean and free! (or should I say included in our tuition.) From now on, I’ll have to buy a gym membership and hope it’s as nice as the Power Center. Plus, it’s the only gym with such a nice view of Forbes Garage  😉

3. This blog. It’s given me a space to write my thoughts, feelings, rants and advice. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it for the past two years!

2. The brownies with icing at Offramp. If you haven’t had one, go buy one right now.

1. The people. That includes my friends, professors, people I’ve worked in groups with and the nice people who check you out at Options. When I forget my Stats (I think I already have) and no longer recall my Multipass password off by heart, these are the people who I will remember!

-Brittany



Graduation is drawing near by katzb
02.24.10, 10:16 am
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I’ve been getting a lot of mail recently. Not the kind of mail I am hoping for (acceptance letters are preferred!) but it is still mail about my future. As much as I am trying not to think past the end of February, Duquesne is urging me to plan for May. There is a graduates dinner at the end of March, the reminder that I can’t fail a class this semester or no diploma for me, and the order form for my caps, gowns, graduation announcements and diploma frames. I’ve been making a pile of all this mail on my desk, still trying not to think too much about the upcoming months. Before I can celebrate my graduation, I have six classes to pass and a big question mark beginning May 9th.

-Brittany



Looking ahead pays off! by katzb
01.09.10, 2:11 pm
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Now that I am seriously considering what I will be doing after graduation, I’ve noticed how much looking ahead has paid off throughout my time in college. I don’t just mean applying to grad schools before the application deadlines or making sure your next semesters schedules works out, but those are both part of the bigger picture. Time in college goes by really quickly, and a major lesson I have learned in these short years are the benefits of looking ahead.

To prepare yourself for a successful career at Duquesne, make sure to stay on track during freshman and sophomore years. Be sure to choose your major with care. Many people change their majors, and some (like me) decide they don’t really want to a pursue a career in their major. No matter what you decide, be sure you stay on track for graduation. It’s easy to drop a class here or there, and quickly fall behind.

These first few years in college are also the perfect time to get involved in activities that are related to your major or career goals. There are clubs and activities for almost every major. Here is a link to a listing of all student organizations on campus. If you like to write, apply to be a blogger for the College of Liberal Arts blog!

During sophomore, junior and senior year, look for internship or jobs in your field. I worked as a Development Intern for Big Brothers Big Sisters the summer after my sophomore year and learned that I was interested in working in the nonprofit sector. I have learned just as much about my future career goals from the jobs and internships I’ve had during college as I have learned from classes and professors.

If you are even considering going on to graduate school, look into it early! It’s never to early to request more information about a program and see what the requirements are for acceptance. I have already run into speed bumps when applying to graduate schools. Sometimes they require specific classes (like a specific Shakespeare class, British Literature doesn’t count!) and if I had known earlier, I would have tried to fit them into my schedule last year.

College is fun and these are years you’ll never get back, so enjoy them. I also recommend taking some time out to consider your future after Duquesne because it comes up fast and you will want to be prepared!

-Brittany



The last “first” by katzb

I am usually not a sentimental person. Today was no exception. The first day back to class marked my last first day of classes in college. Although I may be going on to graduate school, I won’t ever have a first day of undergrad classes at Duquesne. To be honest, it was pretty uneventful. I feel like this marks the pace for the rest of the semester.

I had two classes today. Both were Journalism classes, and both taught by the same professor. I have had this professor before and I like his relaxed teaching style. I had already purchased all of my books online (if you haven’t done so yet, check out my blog about buying textbooks here), I found the right classrooms, and I got out early. Maybe this semester won’t be so bad!

I will admit that I have recently been tempted to dwell on the fact that this is probably my last winter trotting along the paths of the Bluff and the last time I’ll be buying textbooks at the bookstore.  Every time these nostalgic thoughts cross my mind, I remind myself that I don’t truly know what the future holds. Although I didn’t apply to Duquesne for graduate school, there is no saying that I won’t be back. By the time spring rolls around I may be more sad about the end of this era, but I expect I’ll be ready to move on. Until then, I have 15 more credits to earn and many more blogs to write!

-Brittany