January 18, 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome board Riddle flight 2011, it’s going to be a great flight! Yes, we are back to Embry Riddle and that means winter break is over. It was an amazing break and, while disappointed that it was over, I was also excited to start new classes and see all my friends again.
During the break I worked back at my job at Giant for about a week or two right before Christmas and afterwards. My brother, his fiancé, and myself, went to her family’s house in Pennsylvania and it was so much fun. I had yet to meet a large side of her family so it was great to be introduced to them. Christmas afternoon, we headed back to our house and then to my mom’s side of the family. It was a great holiday and wish it lasted longer.
During the new year we practiced some of my future sister-in-laws traditions like putting money in our wallets and putting them out on the back porch and holding silver when the clock struck 12. Also we ran outside and smashed pots and pans together and yelled Happy New Year. I also yelled at the end “Don’t you just love your neighbors?!” It was very amusing, as you can imagine.

 A week before our return to Riddle, I noticed on the weather site that a storm would be moving across the country on Monday, our travel back to campus day. I began to freak out and started warning everyone, obviously via Facebook. The Friday before the storm, Delta had already cancelled my flight from BWI to ATL to DAB three days in advance of the storm, when they didn’t even know how sure Mother Nature would play. We got a refund after being on hold with them for 45 minutes and then rebooked with Southwest (my favorite airline). I stopped in BHM (Birmingham, AL) where there was snow on the ground! I left the north where there was nothing and went south and saw snow. It was pretty crazy. I was in BHM for about 4-5 hours and then I arrived in MCO instead of DAB, which meant I had to take a shuttle. Once back in DAB, my friend and I had to drive back to MCO to pick up another friend who missed his flight by 5 minutes. Basically, I didn’t get to bed till about 4 a.m.

The next day was our prep day where we were to buy books if we wanted and get organized for the new semester. My friend, Christina, got delayed due to another storm that hit the northeast and I had to pick up her in MCO that night and again didn’t get to bed till 3:30 a.m. I was supposed to fly the next morning too which made a lot of my friends say I shouldn’t go, but I wouldn’t want my friend to have to spend the night in the airport. Plus I know she would do the same for me.

Once I wake up to fly, I find out that it’s so cold out that the planes are frozen, so I got weathered, which enabled me to go back to sleep for a couple hours until my next class at 1:00. I’m taking HU145 (Science Fi Heroes and Modern Monsters), which seems like an interesting class and a bit better than other literature classes. My class at 215, Flight Physiology, was supposed to be after that class but got cancelled due to the teacher being out for surgery. After that I have Technical Physics 1 at 330, which should be an easy class for me since I took AP Physics in High School. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I don’t have class till 215, which is Aviation Weather, and at 345 I have Instrument Pilot Operations. Nonetheless, I am glad to be back and looking forward to a new semester and a new step towards graduation. I would also like to make a note that I am now making Youtube videos in order to show you around campus, show you the dorms, and answer any questions you guys might have. Please just leave your comments or questions in comment box on the site and subscribe to stay updated for the most recent content. Welcome Aboard!

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About Alex

**Minor:** Applied Meteorology **Career Goals:** To become a pilot for a major airline, hopefully one day Southwest Airlines. **Why I chose Embry-Riddle:** I was born in the United Kingdom and moved to the United States when I was six, traveling between the countries I became a frequent flier. Ever since walking into that cockpit when I was 5, I always dreamed about becoming an airline pilot. One day, I searched online for the best school to become a pilot. Result: Embry-Riddle.

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