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Day 1 of Internship

Posted in Rachael Pishtek on May 9th, 2012 by rpishtek – 8 Comments

Hello, all! Today I took a large leap into adulthood and started my first day of office life.  I started my summer internship head on today, and learned a lot already.

First of all, I discovered that being early isn’t always a good thing.  This morning at about 10 AM I had an unrelated appointment in a different side of Fargo.  The appointment was very short, so I had to occupy myself until 11, when the office opened.  So, I went to my favorite place in the world, Starbucks, and picked up their newest drink. Afterwards, I decided just to drive.  I had about 45 minutes, and knowing me I’ll probably get lost.  To my surprise, I found the office quickly without any delay.  Even though I was more than proud of my navigation skills this morning, I still had a half hour to spare.

A photo of confetti cannons that I took a couple years ago, it seemed like the most appropriate image for this celebratory day!

I also learned today that buying groceries isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.  Knowing that I tend to take on “diva-like” qualities, it wouldn’t be surprising to find out that I really only like buying clothes, shoes, make-up and things having to do with my BlackBerry or computer.  You know when you’re a little kid and you beg your mom to let you push the cart, pump the gas and do other  “grown up” things?  I’ve discovered that once you’re completely obligated to doing these things, they lose almost 100% of their appeal.

I am so excited for this summer.  I’m going to be working at a couple different venues, probably finding out things that I never had the opportunity to learn about myself previously.  Until the townhouses are opened for move in, I will be living in Livedalen on my own for a couple weeks.  Equally exciting!

Day one, done.


Gone, But Not Really

Posted in Rachael Pishtek on May 5th, 2012 by rpishtek – Be the first to comment

Its sweet summer time here in this lovely region of the Upper Midwest.  The sun starts to make a few more appearances, the stars start to look a little brighter (and moon, apparently), and everyone turns in their text books for a pair of sandals.

This summer, I approach many things that will make me “put on my big girl shoes”, in a sense.  I will be living alone for the first time in my life, in the first place.  I’m going to be living in one of the Concordia townhouses, which I’m rather excited about.  Its almost like I’m a Kardashian or Mary Tyler Moore, or some other hip female. But not really.

Why am I staying in the Fargo-Moorhead area and not returning to the lovely Devils Lake basin?  Well, I am planning on doing an internship/independent study focusing on modern day campaign and partisan tactics and technology. I am so excited for all of these new opportunities that are getting placed in front of me and people that I get to interact with.

I always make sure to say a little prayer every single night, because on paper my life should not have turned out this way.  I guess it just goes to show what reading a book or two can do for your life!  Academics will be my first priority always, and I thank Concordia and my mentors, friends and family especially for teaching me that.

Here’s to year one done.

My mom, Barb and I!

What Have I Learned

Posted in Rachael Pishtek on April 28th, 2012 by rpishtek – 1 Comment

As I make my usual walk back from Knutson to Livedalen at 3 AM, my mind races.  This night was not like any other night, Moorhead was silent, an unusual occurance, mist was floating down from the sky and the light was hitting the bell tower in a perfect spot.

I think about my grandmother and her first year at Concordia. I think about how she had to take a train back to Mahnomen, Minnesota when she wanted to leave.  I think about how I have the freedom to come back home in in Stanley, my Camry, whenever I so choose.

As my metallic Keds tap and slide along the silvery pavement, I look at the gold bricks I’m surrounded by. The words, “I’m here”, play over and over again in my head.  I think about how my friends are tucked into bed. I think about leaving this place in 2015.

What will my life be like? Will I be a journalist? Will I be headed straight to law school? Will I start a career in marketing? Will I be on a one way flight into LAX like I have always dreamed?  So many questions so early.  I decide to put them out of my brain for the night.

My friends Erin, Amy and I on our way to a Cobber football game

I proxy myself into Livedalen, climb up to the fourth floor and head into cozy 406.  Roommate asleep, I quietly open my cosmetic bag and head to the bathroom to brush my teeth.  I look into the mirror and stare myself straight in the eyes.  What have I learned in two semesters of college?

Friends are everything.  There were numerous times this year when I burst in tears but comforted by my loving friends.  Managing your sleep, homework time and time to have fun is so important.  Overworking yourself is never good. Stay positive.

I get into my bed, close my eyes, say my prayers and smile. “This is it”, I think. Here’s to the next 3 years.

Denim Day

Posted in Rachael Pishtek on April 24th, 2012 by rpishtek – 13 Comments

How taboo is the term ‘sexual violence’? In most cases, extremely.  Sexual harassment and violence is something that has been brushed under the rug for years, people blow it under the radar saying, “well that doesn’t happen here.” Well, it does, and more than many people know.

Many people are afraid of the outcome of reaching out to someone because they feel ashamed or dirty.  No one should feel like that, ever.  Because you were taken advantage of or scared because you were put in a situation that anyone on this planet could be put into.  Just because you were put into it, don’t think that makes you inadequate.

We live in a country, a world, where clean air, water, food, consciousness, is meant for everyone.  Prostitution is illegal for a reason, because its slavery and its wrong.  If you feel that you have been violated whatsoever, feel free to reach out to a friend, professor, adviser or someone you trust on campus.  Someone will help you.

Tomorrow, April 25th, is Victims of Sexual Assault awareness day.  Many celebrities such as Mariska Hargitay from Law and Order: SVU, endorse this day by wearing denim.  Whether its just a pair of jeans, or if you decide to rock the double denim like my best friend Jessica Roscoe, any support shown means a lot to those around.

So what can YOU do about this?  Show respect to those around you.  Its so simple, just go back to the golden rule that you learned in Kindergarten.  Don’t do anything, say anything that you wouldn’t want said or done to you.  On top of that, advocating against sexual violence and violence whatsoever can and will change the ways of many.  You can stop this.

Happy Denim Day.

Dressed like my boyfriend Thor, while sporting my denim!


Posted in Rachael Pishtek on April 14th, 2012 by rpishtek – 1 Comment

Ladies and gentlemen, I have found my new love.  Don’t worry, I’ve saved room in my heart for LeBron James, Rob Kardashian and Thor (Chris Hemsworth).  But in all seriousness, I came to the realization that I LOVE CRAFTS.

My mother is the empress of all things crafty. The Queen of Crafts, Princess of Patterns. Anyway, she rocks at crafting.  I always wished that I was good at things like that, but all through life I struggled with piecing together sewing “items” for 4H projects and my mom was always the master of doing, stuff.

I always laugh at the fact that I absolutely struggled at everything domesticated and my mother is and always will be the picture perfect woman.  But now, I have discovered that I really love crafts when they’re practical and I have a reason to make them.

I recently made this little number as a decoration for my dorm room next year.  I plan on making a picture frame jewelry hanger, make-up holder, and many, many more things.  I’ve discovered that making these crafts is not only useful and fun, but it also isn’t mindless wasted time.  Instead of spending all my day on Facebook or looking at Concordia memes, I can do mindful work with my hands creating something awesome.

There are great ideas for cute stuff on Pinterest. I highly recommend you join the craft club.