Sara

About Sara

Freshman

Engineering Physics

Age: 18
Hometown: Hermantown, Minnesota
Favorite Movie: Rocket Man
Favorite Band: Sonicflood
Career Goal: To be involved with NASA
Interests: Volleyball, Oil Painting, Camping

April 20, 2006

Hey all!

Well, only a few days left for the semester, and I am so ready to be done! I have tons of projects and tests and important things coming up so I will be very busy in the next week and a half. I will be staying for the summer A session, and I will be going home at the end of June, and Kenny will be staying with me in Minnesota until after the 4th of July. Yay! I went to Port St. Lucie again with him this past weekend for Easter and I had a blast. He has seven younger cousins that I love to hang out with, and I got to meet his parents and younger brother and sister from Virginia this time, too. This was my first Easter without snow, so I really enjoyed the egg hunt outside and the pool and the nice weather.

 The weekend before was my formal for Tri-Sigma (the Buccaneer’s Ball), and Kenny’s formal for his fraternity (Sigma Alpha Epsilon), called the Lion’s Ball. We went to both in the same night, and we had lots of fun dancing and taking pictures. At the Lion’s Ball, Kenny got the True Gentleman Award and I am so proud of him! I just wish I hadn’t stepped out of the room just before it was awarded to him so I could have seen him get it!

I just got my placement letter for the RA class and I am going to be an RA in McKay next year. I was thrilled because this was my first choice, and I was very grateful because I also found out that only half of my class was hired. So, if any of you that are reading this and are going to be a freshman in McKay next year, I might be your RA! Drop me an email!

Have a great summer!
~Sara

April 4, 2006

Hey all!

Well, time is flying by and we have less than a month to go for the spring semester. I have two weeks left of my Resident Advisor class, and then I will find out if I am going to be an alternate or if I will have my own hall of residents in the fall. Also, I registered for the Summer A term, which means I will be staying here until the end of June. I will be taking Calculus III and Statics, which is 7 credits. My schedule from May until the end of June is MTWThF 9:30-1:45 (yuck!). (At least I will be able to get enough credits out of the way to be a junior this fall and not completely ruin my summer!)

Kenny has been sick lately, so I have been busy taking care of him. I don’t mind at all because I love staying at his apartment. It’s so quiet there compared to the dorms, plus he has a kitchen where I can cook (I miss cooking at home so much!). I don’t spend much time in my dorm room anymore because I am at his place all the time.

Well, the weather has been getting super nice and I hope I have a chance to go to the beach sometime. I will have to see if I can find the time with all these projects, tests, and papers!!

Have a Great Day!
~Sara

March 23, 2006

Hey all!

Last week was sooo busy! We all had lots of tests and projects and papers due. Our professors treated this past week like it was finals week. At least I had a whole week off to be excited for, and right now I’m writing this from Kenny’s grandparents’ house in Port St. Lucie, Florida (about 2 hours south of Daytona). I’m having a blast here because this is my first spring break in three years!! (Since I went to college the last two years of high school, my college spring breaks were never at the same time as my high school spring breaks).

We have been here since Friday after school, and we have just been relaxing and going to the beach most days. His family is awesome, and he has the cutest little cousins. The picture of us on the left was taken a few minutes ago when he was just dorking around haha.

Have a great break!

~Sara

March 8, 2006

Hey all!

Tons of things have changed these past few weeks. It turns out that I will be staying here for spring break after all. I made the decision to change my plane ticket and get my money back for several reasons. First of all, I will have several major projects to work on, and I really don’t want to waste my time at home working on them. Also, the weather is getting much nicer down here lately, and most of my friends are staying here over break. (It is Daytona Beach!!) Plus, I will be home in just over a month anyway, and I’m really not as homesick as I was last semester.

My classes are going really well. The only two classes I don’t have an A in are physics and engineering drawing, but that doesn’t bother me right now because no one really does.

As for relationships, Doug just simply didn’t work out. The reasons are complicated and too personal for an online journal, but things were just getting worse and worse all the time. Then, to add a little more drama, (haha) I have a new boyfriend! His name is Kenny and he is 22 years old, and he goes to school here at Embry-Riddle. (The picture on the right is him.) It may seem like it’s too soon for all this, but Kenny is just too good of a match to pass up. He is the most perfect gentleman, he can cook like no other, and we have so many things in common it’s scary. Most importantly, we share the exact same beliefs as far as religion. Right now, I am just following my heart. I just hope it all works out for the best.

Have a great day!!

~Sara

February 9, 2006

Hey all!

What happened to January!? It just whizzed by in a flurry of school and homework and Sigma and a bunch of other things. I’ve been really stressed out lately with too many things going on at once and not enough sleep.

Anyways, some of my classes are going better than others. I switched my computer programming professor and it has made a HUGE difference with everything. I actually understand my new professor and I like programming now too! It’s so unbelievable how much influence a professor can have on the subject matter. I am struggling the most in physics right now because I haven’t had nearly as much physics as the rest of the people in my class, and I am busy playing catch-up. My machine shop lab is awesome- no homework and it’s all hands on! Right now I’m building an airfoil out of composite materials.

We are now recruiting again for Sigma, so we are having a bunch of different recruitment events to meet potentials. I am also the new community service chair, so I basically find volunteer stuff for us to do. Things still haven’t quite settled down yet from installation, so we are still really busy. On the right is a picture of me and my roommate, Marjory at the installation banquet. (Yes, now that I know I can add pictures I will!)

I made it to the next round of the R.A. selection process, and it looks like about half of us are going to be cut during the next round so my chances aren’t that great. I plan to just keep being myself, and if they don’t think I’m the right person for the job, then I will just accept that.

Have a great day!

~Sara

January 12, 2006

Hi Everyone!

I can’t believe semester break has come and gone already! It feels like I just got here and now I am leaving to go back to Daytona tomorrow morning. I needed that break more than anything. It was great to see my family and friends again, sleep in my own bed, take a hot bath, drive my car, play in the snow, get waited on at the restaurant I used to work at, watch football with my grandpa, and especially spend time with Doug. I saw him nearly every chance I had over break. We especially had fun driving to Minneapolis to go to the Mall of America, Zoo Year’s Eve, movies, and going out to eat. I wish I could stay an extra week but I couldn’t change my plane ticket. So, I leave tomorrow morning for a full day of traveling. (I don’t get into Daytona until 10pm!) Classes start on Wednesday with a three day weekend after so I will have time to get settled again and back into study mode. I am hoping this semester will be much better than the last one, and I am so happy that I will only be away from home for two months instead of four this time.

December 16, 2005

Hey Everyone!

Yesterday I finished my last finals and I am going home in the morning! I am so excited! I have been so busy lately and really stressed out. Even though I had only two finals, I still had projects and presentations and papers due this week. I was the most nervous for chemistry because the final exam was worth so much that my B could become as high as an A or as low as a D with that one test!!! Ahh! And Dr. Cameron said it happened to someone last year! I studied for a long time to make sure it didn’t happen to me. Calculus was my second and last final, and I think I did really well on it. Some of my grades are already posted, and it looks like I will have a 4.0 unless I really screwed up my chemistry final (which I think I did). That’s ok because I am just so happy to be going home after all this time!

Friday night my sorority had our Christmas party, and I brought my Polish friend Bartosz as my date. We had so much fun. Today I am just packing up, doing laundry, and getting ready to go home. My friend Danny is babysitting my fish (Ruby) for me over break. Danny lives close to ERAU so he is driving home. I can’t take a fish home with me on the plane, but otherwise I would. I already have lots of plans for break, and I will be writing about them for my next journal in January. Our second semester begins Wednesday, Jan. 11 th , but I may be coming back late because I want to go to a dance on Sat. Jan. 14 th . We also have no school on Mon. Jan 16 th , so I could stay almost an entire extra week and only miss three days of class. I will have to email my professors to make sure that I won’t miss too much. At least it will be nice to have snow for Christmas and then come back to sunny, hot Daytona Beach J

Well, I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!

~Sara

December 1, 2005

Hi Everyone!

I stayed here for Thanksgiving break and so did my roommate. We were the only people in our hallway that stayed over break. It was so quiet around here and we got to just relax, catch up on homework, watch movies, and go shopping. We went tanning and shopping the day after Thanksgiving (which was crazy!), and we decorated our hallway for Christmas. It was fun, but I really wish I could have gone home instead. I’m getting so homesick. I can’t wait to get on my plane back to Minnesota in only two weeks! We only have eight days of class left, but I have a million things to do in those eight days. I have so many tests, papers, presentations, and finals.

My sorority is going well. I was so nervous for the new member’s ceremony, but it turned out to be okay. We are technically just a colony right now because we have only 39 members. As soon as we have 40 we can get officially installed (probably in January). I love being in a group on campus that is GIRLS ONLY! Seriously, I wanted to be in the Society of Women Engineers and Women in Aviation but guys join that too! They are everywhere!

Next semester I will be taking physics, physics lab, calculus II, machine shop laboratory, engineering drawing, and computing for engineers. The only classes I am worried about are physics and computing for engineers. I got smarter this time and I went to ratemyprofessors.com because the professor can make a world of difference in how painful a class is. I got some really great professors next semester. I have been told that they are very helpful and clear in their explanations, and I am looking forward to it!

Have a Great Day!
Sara

November 17, 2005

Hi Everyone!
The semester is going by so fast that I just can’t believe it! My flight home is already just a month away! I can’t wait to see my family and friends and especially Doug. I’ve been getting really homesick lately, but I found that the best cure for being homesick is to do something fun. My roommate, Marjory, and I like to go to Olive Garden for lunch once in a while and to the mall just to be girly. We live in a man’s world down here with so many guys on campus. Oh! That reminds me! Marjory and I are going to be official members of the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority on Monday. (That’s when the new member’s ceremony is). I never thought I wanted to be in a sorority until I went to the Tri-Sigma ice-cream social and I had a blast! They made my laugh so hard and I love hanging out with just girls for a change too.

My classes are going really well. I don’t know what my current grade is in most of my classes, but I’m sure I have an A or a B for all of them. Chemistry is still my hardest class, but at least I’ve learned a ton in that class.

Well, I think I will be staying here for Thanksgiving break so I can study for finals. I wish I could go home but it’s not worth the time and money for such a short break, especially when I am coming home only two weeks after Thanksgiving. But, I’m really looking forward to five days of no class. Marjory is staying over Thanksgiving too, so I think we will find some fun things to do. I hope the weather will be nice so we can head to the beach and go home tan!

Have a Great Day!
~Sara~

November 3, 2005

Hi Everyone!

Wow! So many things have been going on around here lately. On Monday classes were cancelled because of Hurricane Wilma, (which was so much fun!!), and so we only had three days of class this week. (We got Friday off because of homecoming.) My roommate and I were asked to have our room on the list for tours during open house, which meant we had to clean it and “disappear” for the day. So, we went shopping at the Volusia County Mall, and out to lunch at the Olive Garden. It was so much fun because I haven’t been shopping at a mall in months! Sometimes I feel like I live in a man’s world with the ratio of guys to girls being like 7 to 1, and I needed to get away and do something girly for a change.

This week was also the career expo at the IC center gym. It’s mostly for upperclassmen who are looking for jobs after graduation, but my EP 101 class went to make some connections and find out about internships and co-ops. I found out about many opportunities available to me, but only a few really interested me. I think I was most excited about an internship with the United Space Alliance, and a co-op opportunity as a counselor for Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. Since I transferred in credits, I’m really not that far away from being eligible to apply for them. This made me really excited but also a little worried because I have so many other things I want to do before I graduate and I really want to fit it all in.

Next week I will be registering for my classes for next semester. I can’t guarantee I will get all the classes and times that I want, but so far it looks like I will be taking Physics, Physics for Engineers Lab, Calculus II, Machine Shop Laboratory, Introduction to Computing for Engineers, and Engineering Drawing.

Monday, (Halloween), we are going to have little kids coming to trick-or-treat in the residence halls and I can’t wait for it! They will be so cute in all their costumes!

Happy Halloween!
~Sara~