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November’s Social Hour (Diwaloween)

The fall semester’s Social Hours have centered around the many cultures that make up our iSchool. September’s theme was a celebration of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. October’s theme was Oktoberfest. For this month’s Social Hour we partnered with ANKUR-Indian Graduate Student Association to focus on Diwali, the Indian Festival of lights.

In honor of Diwali we decided to challenge students to create Rangoli (Traditional Indian decoration usually created with flowers) with nontraditional materials.


Nontraditional materials = sprinkles and lentils

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Last weekend, I went to Ohiopyle State Park with the iSchool. It was really great spending time with people I don’t see normally (different programs). We went bike riding, sat by the water (after climbing down a bunch of trees and rocks) walked around the town of Ohiopyle, and ate…a lot. Luckily, we came the weekend of the town’s Fall Buckwheat Festival, which a resident described as sort of a homecoming/reunion for folks who moved away from the town. It was filled with music, food, and vendors. I even met a fellow Marylander that sold amazing popcorn!

When I came to Pittsburgh, I decided I was going to experience everything! It’s always a good idea to take advantage of the awesome attractions and sites around you. Ohiopyle was beautiful. It is a great place to get away from school and get in touch with nature (seriously…there’s no 4G out there). A much needed break!

Thanks, Priya for the awesome photo! Of course, her friend, Abhinav, is taking the picture…but it’s her camera 🙂

Left to Right: Brian D’Souza (MST), Dominique Luster (MLIS), Priya Elango (MST), Me! (MSIS) | Proto Credit: Priya Elango


Last Friday was my graduation recognition ceremony and this week is officially my last week of classes, work, and interning. I am wrapping up papers and projects, and packing my graduate life away into boxes and duffel bags.

While I continue to live a graduate student life and step into life as a graduate, I can’t help but feel as if this has all been some kind of surreal dream. This past year has gone by too fast, but it has been quite the ride. I have no idea what next year, next month, or even next week will bring, but I know that I have learned both inside and outside of the classroom, and found enduring friendships.

Incoming and returning graduate students: best of luck and enjoy every moment of it.


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