How I am making it through by katzb

This is an all-around stressful time for students: finishing up the semester, trying not to blow months of hard work, preparing for a quick transition to summer, along with everything else! Now that the weather is improving, all I want to do it go to lunch with friends and run outside. One of my friends commented that she wishes we had a few days on campus without school before the end of the summer to hang out and catch up without having to worry about tests and papers. I’ve been making it though these stressful weeks by keeping my calendar straight, doing yoga, and thinking about the bigger picture.

Keeping my calendar straight isn’t a new priority for me, but it takes on a new importance this time of year. Between final paper due dates, extra credit events to attending, and buying 6 tri-fold posters for my job, I need my calendar now more than ever. If you don’t usually use a calendar, I recommend using one for the next few weeks. At the very least, you may need a calendar to keep track of your final exams. (Here is the final exam schedule:

Secondly, I am doing yoga. This is not only because I have been tense and stressed, but because I am trying to take advantage of the free group fitness classes at Duquesne. (Here is the schedule: Emory has fitness centers, but the group fitness classes are extra money, which I don’t plan on spending. Because of that, I am trying to make time each week to attend one or two classes at the Power Center, usually yoga. Yoga helps me stretch out from running and relax.

Finally, I keep myself focused on the bigger picture. Realistically these tests are not the end of the world. I have worked hard all semester and I’m sure I’ll be fine. Stop freaking out.



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!


Power Center: even nicer than I remembered it! by katzb
10.13.09, 9:37 pm
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When I first game to Duquesne, the only option for a gym was in the basement of the AJ Palumbo Center. I think I only saw a handful of girls there during the entire first semester of my freshman year, before the Power Center was built. There were limited machines, and you’d be lucky if you got one that wasn’t broken! Half of the treadmills worked, and there were no luxuries like televisions or music. I don’t remember there being elliptical machines, or even a complete set of free weights. Obviously the Power Center gym is a step up, but I before yesterday, I hadn’t remembered how nice it was!

powercenterI hadn’t been to the Power Center gym for a while before my visit yesterday afternoon. I love to run, and I will be doing my fourth marathon on Oct. 25, but when the weather gets cold, I almost exclusively run inside. If you’ve ever run on a treadmill for an extended period of time, you know it is not fun! Although running in place isn’t my favorite kind of running, I enjoy it better than freezing outside during the chilly winter months.

I ran inside yesterday because it was chilly, and I only had time for a short run. I opted to stick to the treadmill, and was pleasantly reminded of the luxury of the Power Center when I went to workout. The TVs are all working, and have every cable station! I watched MTV and CNN, which really helped the time pass. There were plenty of treadmills for the number of students there, and there were also people on the ellipticals, stationary bikes, step machines, and lifting weights. I also belong to a gym near my house and every time I visit the Power Center, I am reminded why I would rather go there than any other gym!

Not only are the facilities really top notch, but there are signs and posters everywhere advertising classes, competitions, intramural sports, and more. Who knew the Recreation Department offers a swimming class at Towers Pool? Or a competition to bike 300 miles (from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia) on the gym’s stationary bikes?

To learn about everything the Power Center and Recreation Department have planned, click here!

Even though its getting colder and you may feel like curling up in your bed and staying there until April, remember that the Power Center gym has tons of equipment, tv’s, contests, and more to keep everyone in shape. You’ll definitely see me there!


Adios, Summer. by katzb
09.30.09, 8:19 pm
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huge-snow-suitFall is really here. The cold weather this week has been so shocking that I’ve been dressing like its January. Today I am donning a hoodie, jacket, my morning hot tea, warm shoes, and an umbrella. I find the Starbucks right in the middle of campus much more difficult to resist when it’s cold out! Some people love Pittsburgh because we experience all four seasons here, but I’d be much happier if we only had two: spring and summer.

Although I clearly hate the cold, I do have a few favorite things on campus to do during those horribly chilly months. Like I mentioned before, the Starbucks is a lifesaver. I can barely go a day without a hot chocolate or warm drink. I also appreciate the warm food from the grill down at Offramp much more when it’s cold out. There’s nothing better than a warm sandwich during a cold day! I also utilize the Power Center gym and group fitness classes much more during the winter. My favorites are the Yoga and PiYo classes. (Here is the schedule)

As you’ve probably already noticed on a chilly day like today, fashion generally takes a backseat on cold days, especially when we get into the winter months! Because students have to walk outside between every single class, no one will look twice if you’re dressed in a warm Duquesne hoodie and furry boots.

Ok, so maybe it’s not winter just yet, but I am getting prepared.