September 2012

My name is Carissa Harrison and I am currently a sophomore here at Embry-Riddle studying Computational Mathematics. Why am I here? Well, it’s for my absolute love for the skies and space. Ever since I was a little kid I would read and watch anything there was about space or planes. You could pretty much say I’ve always kept my head in the skies.

Being back at school this fall has been extremely stressful but thrilling at the same time. I am so excited to begin my core classes in my major, and seeing old friends and making new. It’s so exhilarating; I love the start of a new school year.

So far between my involvement with Alpha Xi Delta, my off campus job at Best Buy and my classes, I’ve been so busy and absolutely love it! Right from the start, my year started off with promoting Alpha Xi Delta when the class of 2016 started their orientation. From helping them move into their new rooms in the dorms to the Friday night BBQ and pool party it’s been crazy fun seeing all the new faces joining the Embry-Riddle community!

The time leading up to our official recruitment event has been pretty fantastic as well. It is so different being sister this time and on the other side of recruitment. I really can’t believe it was only a year ago I was in these young women’s shoes, nervously going to through the recruitment process. Our recruitment parties consisted of three events. Our first night, “Letters Today, Leaders Tomorrow” involved getting to know the sisters of Alpha Xi Delta, which included an ice breaker, time to mingle, and a Q&A with the sisters. Our goal was to educate the girls who came out as to how they can realize their potential with Alpha Xi Delta! Following such a successful night was our philanthropic party, “Piece it Together.” During this event, my sisters and I taught the women about our partnership with Autism Speaks! Supporting our national philanthropy is such an important aspect of chapter life, and we wanted each and every girl to experience a little about it by creating sensory boxes to hand out at the annual “Volusia County Walk Now for Autism” in November. Finally, our last event, “Own It, Work It, Live It, Love It,” taught the women how being a part of Alpha Xi Delta has affected our lives as well as how it can change theirs as well. Additionally, we had cupcake decorating and a fruity drink bar to go along with the conversation!

Through all this hard work Alpha Xi Delta would like to announce that we officially accepted 9 new young women to realize their potential with us this Fall 2012 semester!

What’s even better about this year is that, through all the busy recruiting, I was approached by a professor of mine and asked if I would be willing to work along side of him with his research! What an amazing opportunity! I am so excited to actually be applying what I am learning in the classroom to real life applications. From what he has told me, his focus has been on fluid mechanics with a focus particularly on wave dynamics. Currently I am to be applying tools from asymptotic analysis to explore nonlinear wave phenomena in a variety of physical settings. I am so excited!

P.S: Feel free to contact me with any questions you might have–whether you’re a girl seeking a friend, or you’re just seeking unbiased advice from a sophomore. My e-mail is up top (

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About Carissa

Name: Carissa Harrison
Major: Computational Mathematics
Hometown: Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania
Career Goals: I plan on graduating from Embry-Riddle with a Bachelor's Degree in Computational Mathematics Systems and then work for Lockheed Martin or Boeing.
Why I chose Embry-Riddle: I found Embry-Riddle after a search online and knew with its specialized courses in aerospace and small class sizes I’d found the right school for me, especially with its great location and incredible alumni association.
Activities: Alpha Xi Delta Women’s Fraternity, Fraternity and Sorority Standards Board Representative, Women's Center

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