Fall Break

Hello everyone!

I hope you’re well! I hope those who were job hunting or looking to do an internship for next summer were successful during the Expo. I talked to a few companies during my volunteer shifts with Career Services. I did win the Instagram Expo Challenge! My prize was that I could give $100 to any student organization on campus. I gave it to the Women’s Ambassador Program since I am a Coordinator for it, and I really love what we do!

On the 13th through 15th, I traveled to Washington D.C. and Chicago with the Admissions Department at Daytona and Prescott to help promote Embry-Riddle. I represented the Daytona Beach Campus as a Coordinator for the Women’s Ambassador Program. There were two other students as well from the Prescott campus. I got to present myself in front of around 200 people in D.C. and about a 100 in Chicago and share my college experiences. Talking to the parents and the possible future eagles was a great experience! We also got to tour the National Mall and see the National Geographic Museum in D.C.

During my fall break, I got all 4 of my wisdom teeth and 2 of my permanent teeth removed since they grew out of my gums. I still have 5 of my baby teeth, three on top and two on the bottom. I was pretty much loopy the entire day after my surgery, but I am starting to do better.

I hope you all had a great Fall break!

Until next time,

Maryam

Traveling the U.S. with ERAU

Hello, again! It has been a few weeks since I have written about my life, but that is mostly because my life has been so insanely busy lately! Between midterm tests, activities, and meetings, I have had hardly any time to myself. However, it is time that I fill everyone in on what I have been up to.

The most exciting thing that has happened in my life, since my last writing, is that I was able to travel to Dallas, TX and Boston, MA with ERAU Admissions. As you may know, I am a part of the Women’s Ambassador Program, which is a group of current female students at ERAU, who work to promote women in STEM careers. We are able to travel with Admissions to the Embry-Riddle Prospective Student Presentations, to talk about our experiences at ERAU Daytona Beach.

We left on a Friday afternoon for Dallas, TX. I got on the plane in Daytona excited for a weekend filled with travel. After a couple flights, we finally made it to Dallas. We stayed at the largest hotel I have ever been to in my life, the Gaylord Texan. It was like its own city! Words and pictures do not even describe the atmosphere inside that hotel. Once we dropped off our stuff in our rooms, we were able to meet up with other ERAU Admissions Counselors and go for dinner at an amazing Tex-Mex place! Seriously, Tex-Mex is incredible. I was also able to catch a glimpse of a beautiful, red Texas sunset, which was the perfect end to the night.

The exterior of the Gaylord Texan. It's huge!

The exterior of the Gaylord Texan. It’s huge!

A picture of the interior of the hotel. There was a river through the middle!

A picture of the interior of the hotel. There was a river through the middle!

The next day, we hosted the Prospective Students Event at the hotel. We had a great turn out, and I was thrilled to be able to speak at my first event. I spoke about my experiences as an intern at Sea-Tac International Airport in Seattle. I was also able to talk about fun things to do around Daytona Beach. I absolutely loved getting to speak to high school students about why they want to attend ERAU, and why they love the degree they are going to pursue. I saw so much passion and potential in those students, it reignited my love of Embry-Riddle. All in all, the event went smoothly. But, we had a plane to catch, so we had to run from the event to the airport. Thankfully we made it with plenty of time to grab a bite to eat! Next stop, Boston, Massachusetts!

After a long evening of travel, we made it to Boston just after midnight. To our surprise, we stepped out of the airport, and we were freezing! It was only about 55 degrees, however, we are used to the Florida sunshine! Once we got into our warm hotel rooms, it was time for bed so we could prepare for an early morning.

In the morning, we woke up and headed downtown to where the event was taking place. We got to the hotel, set up, grabbed a coffee, and set out to tour around Boston as much as we could. We decided to walk up to Paul Revere’s house, since it was so close. Word of advice to the ladies: DO NOT wear heels walking around the streets of Boston. Cobblestone roads and sidewalks to not pair well with heels. Once we took a few pictures of the house, we walked down the street to Modern Pastry, which is apparently a very popular pastry shop. Of course, since it was my first time in Boston, I had to get a cannoli. It was delicious! I’m craving another one just thinking about it.

The street that Paul Revere lived on. The brown house is his!

The street that Paul Revere lived on. The brown house is his!

Delicious treats at Modern Pastry

Delicious treats at Modern Pastry

The event in Boston was another successful one, although, I had a flight to catch, so I had to leave quickly. Leaving the city, I realized that it was nice to experience fall in New England, that I miss crisp, cool air, and that Boston is an incredible city. I am so lucky that I get to travel back to Boston next weekend!

Myself in the streets of Boston

Myself in the streets of Boston before the event

After a long night of flying, once again, I finally made it back to good ole’ Daytona Beach. It is always nice to get away for a weekend, and I realized it was just what I needed. I am continuously blessed with the opportunities I have at ERAU, and I cannot wait to see what other opportunities will arise over the rest of the semester.

Happy travels, and until next time,

Lindsey

Sigma Sigma Sigma

Hey Friends!

It’s that time of the year again! Recruitment for all of the Greek organizations here on campus! It was a year ago that I went through the recruitment process and it was one of the best decisions I have made since being here at school! Throughout the recruitment process we are able to meet lots of new girls around the Embry-Riddle community and express to them what being a part of Sigma Sigma Sigma is all about.

There are many different stereotypes affiliated with fraternities and sororities. Many people think that a sorority is just about “paying for your friends, partying, and hazing” but these things are far from the truth. For my sisters and I, being a part of Tri-Sigma, is about being a part of something bigger than ourselves. 

Sisterhood: I have a group of women that push me to be a better version of myself. No matter where I am, I can reach out to any one of my sisters and I know that they will be there for me. We all joined Tri-Sigma for many different reasons but we stayed because we all found something that we loved in the organization and in each other.

Bid day 1

Myself, my sisters Maddy, and Melanie, and our newest members Rachel and Lindsey!

 

Philanthropy: One of the most important aspects of our organization is how we give back. We host many different events on campus that give back to our philanthropy, The Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation and the Robbie Page Memorial Fund. We also support our local philanthropy the Domestic Abuse Council, which is very near and dear to my heart. Not only do we serve the community but we serve each and every one of our sisters, by making them more outstanding members of this community.

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Jordan, myself, and Alissa at our first recruitment event!

 

Academics: Currently we have the highest sorority GPA on campus which we are all very proud of! We understand that being a part of Sigma is important, but we also understand that above all we are here for our education, and that is the most important thing. Without education, we can not uphold the values that we stand for as Tri-Sigma women.

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First Class family at Bid Day!

 

Fun: Lastly, Sigma Sigma Sigma has provided me with the most fun that I have had while being at college. I have met so many different people in and outside of the Greek community because of Sigma. We also are much more active in on campus events, and participate in different events like greek week! (a competition between all the different greek organizations)

Lindsey Bid Day

My fellow Women’s Ambassador Lindsey and I at bid day! Welcome to the sisterhood 🙂

 

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Sigmas having fun at yoga together!!

 

 

Recruitment every semester is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on why I joined the organization as well as share my experiences with other women around the Embry-Riddle community. Two of my fellow Women’s Ambassadors made the decision to come out for recruitment this semester and are now two of the newest members of Sigma! I couldn’t be happier to welcome these amazing women into our organizations and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for them.

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Ambassadors Kalina, myself and Lindsey at our first recruitment event!

While juggling all of the organizations that  am involved in as well as my three jobs on campus and school, things can definitely get overwhelming!  It important to remember first why we are all here at school.. its for school!  My involvement with the Women’s Ambassador Program, and Sigma Sigma Sigma would not be possible without first making my academics a priority! We are just about half way through this semester and that means that classes are definitely beginning to pick up! It’s time to start cracking down and making sure that my work does not begin to suffer! I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to get involved on campus. For me, these organizations give me a lot of the motivation and support that I need to get through the stressful times of school! I’ll make sure to keep you updated on all the exciting experiences I have with everything I’m involved in while being down here at Embry-Riddle!

Until Next Time!

-Kealey

 

Up Up and Away!

Hello All!

It’s crazy how fast time goes by now a days! It feels like just yesterday that I first came to Embry-Riddle and visited the campus for the first time. It has been almost four years, two different changes of major, and countless life lessons since that day. But lets not get ahead of ourselves… Here’s a quick run down:

My names Kealey Cela and I grew up a Navy Brat; living all over the world and moving more than 13 times! I lived in places like Hawaii, Japan, Virginia, and California. Finally my family settled down in a small town in New Hampshire where I went to high school. I’m not the biggest fan of snow which is why going to school in Florida was such a nice change of pace!

I started my college career at a school in Northern Virginia, and then transferred to Embry Riddle for my sophomore year. Over the last three years of college I have learned just as much about my degree as I have about life.

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. -Lao Tzu

One of the most challenging life lessons that I learned during my time in college has been change. Change can present itself in many different ways. For example: The transition from home life to dorm life is a huge change, changing your mind about your major, changing clubs, or even changing your order at Starbucks. The hardest lesson that I have had to learn is overcoming change. Almost every college student at some point will question their major or their career path.

I came to Embry-Riddle with the mindset that I was going to be an Aerospace Engineer, and that I was going to work for a big company like Raytheon or Boeing one day. But it turns out that it just wasn’t for me. I thought about what I wanted to do with my life and after taking some different courses I ended up on Operational Meteorology, which I have more passion for now than I ever did with Engineering. The best advice I can give based on my experience  is to ultimately do what makes you happy in life even if its something you never saw yourself doing originally. If something truly is not making you happy anymore, don’t do it! Once I realized this I felt like I was able to navigate the seas of college life much easier!

Something else that has made me very happy in life has been everything that I have gotten involved in here on campus!

This summer I was fortunate enough to study abroad in Siena, Italy. I received 3 upper level and 3 lower level humanities credits while I was abroad! I would highly suggest getting involved in the study abroad program, it gave me memories and friendships to last a life time, and its the same price as staying on campus and taking classes over the summer!

Representing the U.S. on a bridge in Venice

Representing the U.S. on a bridge in Venice

 

The Pisa tower really does lean!

The Pisa tower really does lean!

 

Enjoying our last weekend in Italy in Rome at the Colosseum

Enjoying our last weekend in Italy in Rome at the Colosseum

Sigma Sigma Sigma 

During the Spring semester I joined Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority here on campus, and it was certainly one of the best decisions I have made while being at school. Sigma has helped keep me more involved in my studies as well as around campus and in the community!

Initiation!

Initiation!

Hope For Hayley 5K with my sisters!

Hope For Hayley 5K with my sisters!

Sigma Sigma Sigma

Sigma Sigma Sigma

I am also an Ambassador for the Women’s Ambassador Program here on campus, which is something that I am very proud of. We work with the admissions department to raise the female population here on campus! We also do lots of events to support women around our campus and in our community!

Ambassadors for the Women's Ambassador Program

Ambassadors for the Women’s Ambassador Program at our Waiz Welcome Dinner

College is all about embracing changes and going with the flow. Try not to get too stressed about anything, its honestly not worth it! Worry about things that you can change, and then change them. And lastly always do what makes you happy in life even if its a little unexpected! If you can do your best to live by these principles you’ll be Up Up and Away before you know it!