June 30, 2009

I can hardly believe it is already time for my trip to Europe. Tomorrow I leave for what I hope will be one of the best experiences of my life. It is hard to believe May and June have already passed. I have done so much already this summer, so let me share a few of those things.

After getting back at the end of April, I spent most of the next month working. I got a lot of hours in at the restaurant and made a little bit of money. I also got to spend time with my friends from home on excursions such as camping on a farm and spotting at the St. Louis Airport. As soon as June rolled around, my summer went into hyper drive. My sister got married, my friend Derrick from ERAU came to visit, and I continued my working. I also got to go with my mother, sister, and new brother-in-law for a week to Jamaica. We stayed in Montego Bay and also got to visit Ochos Rios and Negril. I had a lot of fun at all of these things, but June went by way too fast.

When I arrived home from Jamaica I was thrown back into reality. My SS130 Online course (the Co-requisite for the EU Study Abroad) was up and ready to be started. I have not made it very far in the course, but the professor has been very understanding and will not make us do it while traveling abroad. My first impressions of taking a course online are mixed. I like moving at my own pace, but I do not like relying on the cooperation of technology to get it done. I ran into one issue while taking a quiz yesterday, but thankfully my professor is very understanding and the problem was resolved. I am going to have to work really hard when I get home from Europe to be able to catch up on this course.

As I said I leave tomorrow for London. I am meeting two friends in Philadelphia where we will catch our overnight flight to the UK. Here are some bits and pieces of all the exciting things I have planned for the next three weeks:

July 2-5 London
British Science Museum, Imperial War Museum, RAF Museum (including Bomber Command and Battle of Britain Museum), and a full day on our own!

July 6-9 Paris
The Louvre, Musee de l’Air et de l’Espace, Arc de Triomphe, The Aerodrome, and a full day on our own!

July 10-12 Munich
Flugwerft Schleissheim Museum, Duetches Museum, and a full day on our own!

July 13-14 Traben-Trarbach
Mont Royal Airfield for a Glider Flight

After this, we are free to do whatever we wish or to return home. I am certainly going to spend some extra time in Europe and see Stuttgart, Frankfurt, and Milan. I will be officially returning home on July 21. Stay tuned for journals from each part of my journey!!! And as always, if you have any questions let me know by emailing me at meansm@erau.edu. Thanks for reading!

Until Next Time,

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About Mack

**Minor:** Air Traffic Control, Business Administration, International Relations **Activities:** Intramural Sports, Task Force One, Student Journal Writer, Delta Upsilon, European Aviation Appreciation, Study Abroad **Career Goals:** To work as an air traffic controller or manager at a large airport. **Why I chose Embry-Riddle:** To achieve my lifelong dream of working in the aviation industry.

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