March 22

Spring Break is over, and I can feel the push toward the end of my second semester. With only 5 weeks of school remaining, I see the light at the end of the tunnel. Just as I had hoped, my grade came back from the latest MA112 exam, and it was a 97%! Although I have felt comfortable with my first two exams, the new material is much more difficult. I am trying hard and hope to score high enough on my last exam to keep my A in the class. In COM221, we have been assigned our final due dates for our papers, as well as two large group projects. Much of the success for this class comes with good time management. If you fall behind in Technical Report Writing, you are going to be in trouble. The assignments are not impossible, but there are a lot of them and you can’t procrastinate.

On Wednesday March 11, Alpha Xi Delta (one of the sororities at ERAU) held their annual Xi-Man competition. The whole point of the event is to raise money for their philanthropy, and the competition proved very successful once again. Each fraternity on campus can nominate one of their brothers to compete in the pageant-like event, and the winner is crowned the sweetheart of Alpha Xi Delta. The Delta Upsilon representative was one of my very good friends Mike. He had to take part in a swimsuit competition, Q & A session, boy-band performance (note the picture of the 4 DU’s in ponchos), and many other things. It was HILARIOUS to watch the guys get on stage and thoroughly embarrass themselves. Mike did an AMAZING job, and he placed fourth overall. Xi Man is a must-see event for anyone at Embry-Riddle, and I am already looking forward to the competition in 2010!

Just as everyone else, I was very excited for Spring Break to arrive. Nearly all of my friends left for the week, and I followed suit. My mother, sister, sister’s fiancé, and my best friend flew down to Florida and we spent a week on the beach near Tampa/St. Petersburg. The weather was absolutely perfect all week, and my skin picked up a nice tan. The first half of the week was very relaxing as we sat on the beach, ate good meals, and enjoyed each other’s company. However on Thursday, things got a little crazy. While we were all sitting in the living room, my best friend collapsed and had a seizure. I had never experienced anything like that before, and to say the least, I was horrified. The next few days were spent at the hospital, where my friend was unfortunately diagnosed with a form of epilepsy. The event was easily one of the worst things I have had to watch, and I feel so bad for her. Although I love spending time with her, I was relieved to send her back to her very concerned family in Missouri.

These next few weeks will be a busy time for the organizations I am involved with. Task Force One will be finalizing plans for the incentive and participating in the Relay for Life. Also, we will be setting up a booth for the spring sneak preview day to begin handing TFO over to the incoming students (so if you’re planning to be here – look for me). Delta Upsilon continues to be very time-consuming as well, as we work toward becoming an official chapter. We are working on recruiting new members, as well as shaping our colony of DU into what we want it to be. It is very rewarding to be involved on campus, and I continue to enjoy doing all that I do.

The time is coming to officially decide on a college, and I hope each and every one of you considers ERAU. The people, the campus, and the education are great, and I don’t think you would be disappointed with your decision. Please let me know if you have any questions and good luck with your March Madness Brackets!

Until Next Time,

September 8, 2008

Hey all! It is great to have you interested in Embry-Riddle! It is an awesome school and I love it! My name is Elizabeth, I’m a meteorology major and I transferred to ERAU as a sophomore this fall. I was born and raised in Florida, so I am used to the state. I will give you all a fair warning, it is HOT! I love it though; I am from Cape Coral which is about 4 hours south-west of Daytona. I have a 12-year-old sister at home and a little yorkie named Toto! I miss home a little; I definitely miss my parents and my dog a lot, but I am getting used to it. Embry-Riddle has been great so far and I know there are a lot more things to come. I am living on campus, in O’Connor hall which in the student village. My room has 8 girls total so as you can imagine it gets a little hectic at times, but for the most part we all get along and it is a ton of fun! With the way the room is set up we have a living room/kitchen area, 4 rooms (each with 2 girls), 2 bathrooms, and 4 sinks. There is a picture of my room, the living room, and our sink area for you to see. Of the 8 of us, 5 girls are Aeronautical Science majors (flight), which I have been seriously considering, it seems like so much fun! We will see where that goes though. One of the girls is from Paris! She’s really funny and has great fashion sense!!! Now about my classes… I tried not to pile the classes on so hard this semester because it’s a new school with new professors and everything so I am taking 5 classes, PS-103 which is physics, PS-103L- physics lab, MA-111-Pre-calc, WX-201- Intro to Weather, and COM-221- Technical report writing. My physics class is crazy! It isn’t that hard, it’s just that my professor goes on rants and gets off subject very fast, but there is always someone around to help me if I don’t understand something. THANK GOODNESS! Otherwise I don’t know what I would do. The rest of the classes are going pretty well though. It is Saturday and sadly I am loaded with homework and Ohio State is playing so I need to balance my afternoon well J I am also a Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Yankees Fan. I know, I am very scattered but that’s just how it is!

There is a lot to do on campus also because you don’t just study all the time. This past week has been fraternity rush week and my resident advisor (RA) is the V.P. of a fraternity, so we got to play volleyball and hang out at some of the barbeques with the guys next door. There was a Monte Carlo night some organizations put on last weekend and they gave away free stuff, had food, and had casino tables, so that was fun too. As girls on campus, we all got really lucky because we live next to a group of really nice guys, they are so sweet and treat us the complete opposite of how we all thought that we would be treated going to school at a mostly male school. Oh, and about that, being a girl on campus isn’t that bad here, although we are out numbered by like 7:1 or something like that it has its advantages. Guys open doors for you, your professors will learn your name faster, and although you do get the occasional typical college boy that is very excited to see a girl, they don’t mess with you if you stand your ground. Just in case you all were wondering, I do have a boyfriend, his name is Joe and he is an Aerospace Engineering major. Crazy if you ask me, it is a lot of work but he loves it! We have been dating since my sophomore year of high school. He is a sophomore here and no, I didn’t come here because of him, ironically we both love the school. I should probably start the tons of work I have to do so thank you all for reading and if you have any question about the school or dorm life, or anything! Just e-mail me at So goodbye for now, I look forward to writing more and hopefully hearing from some of you!

October 5, 2005

Hey Guys and Gals,

First of all, let me say that this experience has been very excellent for me so far. I’ve gotten really positive feedback from my first entry and I just wanted to say thank you to all those who have complimented me and I will try to keep my journals as informative as my first one.

These past two weeks have been really busy, because school is really heating up! So much has happened and I cannot wait to tell you all about it. I will begin with my classes. All of my classes have been really starting to get harder. The workload has picked up, which just means I have less time to play around and I spend a lot more time typing on my computer or writing pages and pages of math problems. In the past two weeks, I have gotten tests in all my classes. I did reasonably well on all of them, and I know this because here, my professors have all given back the tests in the very next class. This amazed me and I think it is great that we have professors and graduate assistants who work so hard to assess our performance in such a short time. Being at a small school definitely does have its advantages. Not only do your professors have fewer papers to grade, but you can really get to know them. I have had conversations with all my professors and actually have a friendly relationship with a couple. It is a really cool thing when you walk across the lobby of the Student Village and see your Information Technology teacher and he offers help for you in your management class. Embry-Riddle is definitely an upbeat, friendly environment and I am beginning to love it here. People are just so nice.

Another thing that has been going on in class has been term project assignments.. Some are group projects, and that has been tough for me because not everyone has the same free schedule slots because here, not everyone finishes class at the same time. It is unfortunate, but we have made it work. You just have to constantly remind people of the meeting times and places, and believe me, people are way busy and get things confused. You can tell a person a half hour before about a meeting, and they’ll be nowhere close to the meeting place when the meeting starts. Scheduling work, fun, and other activities around classes is a new skill I have attained here in my first month.

My other activities have also been getting more time consuming. For those of you wondering, I did choose to rush Pi Kappa Alpha and am now a pledge of the fraternity. It is exciting and trying at the same time, but then again, learning the history and traditions of an organization that has been around since 1868 is never going to be easy. I am working really hard at it and I will most definitely keep you updated on the pledge process.

My most exciting news from the past two weeks (Yes, I kept you waiting) is that I have been elected treasurer of Task Force One, the First Year Student council organization under the Student Government Association. The elections process was pretty exciting for me and I will do my best to work hard to make TFO a successful organization this year. I was really excited when I was told by last year’s TFO president, Megan Grow and current SGA president Sara McCook of my win in the election. Tomorrow is our first meeting where I go in as an executive council member so it should be pretty exciting.

I have received a couple emails at asking about me as a person so I have decided to tell you a little bio of myself in every entry. I am from New York City, as you can see up top. I live in Brooklyn, one of the five boroughs and by far the best one. I attended Stuyvesant High School in lower Manhattan for the past four years, and for those of you who know it, you know it’s not the easiest four years of one’s life. But I survived the workload, the late nights, the early morning subway rides to school and now I am only a 3 minute bike ride from class. I played football for Stuyvesant, and like the 1,000 other high school football players here at Riddle, have retired from full contact football and will now play flag football. I miss New York a lot, it’s a lot busier than Daytona and I am still adjusting to the quietness and humidity that is Florida. So that is the first look into the life that is Carlos and I hope that will keep you on the edge of your seat for more in a couple weeks.

For those of you applying early to schools, good luck with that, because as you know, application deadlines are getting ever nearer. One thing you don’t have to worry about is an essay for ERAU, because last year, I wasn’t required to write one, although I do not know if it is the same for this year. But good luck with the whole college applications process, I know it can be strenuous.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed writing it. I’m off to bed now so I will catch you in a couple weeks. Keep posting questions to the discussion board and tell your friends about the journals. If you could even let your school’s college advisor know that Embry-Riddle does this, that would be excellent!

Until Next Time,