Junior Year Studying Electrical Engineer at ERAU

As you may already know I am currently a Junior at Embry-Riddle, Prescott campus studying Electrical Engineering. Today I will go into the awesome classes I am currently taking to give you an idea of what to look forward to in studying this field of engineering.

First off as Electrical engineers there are many different areas of expertise to get into, which means that as an undergraduate you will get a little taste of everything. so whether you like power or not doesn’t quite matter yet because you will take a power class anyway. This serves to our benefit though as it allows you to better understand what you would personally enjoy as a career.

So as far as I have come today I am currently taking; Signal Processing plus the lab, Electronic Devices plus the lab, Math for engineers with physics, and Computer Science 1 (a.k.a. C programming). Although we have just started the semester I personally enjoy the Electronic Devices class the most, so that is what I will go a little in to depth with next.

In Electronic Devices we will be getting into electronic circuits, such as an Integrated circuit compared to Discrete components. We will also get into Amplifier frequency response, Diodes, Transistors, and Feedback systems, although there is so much more I can talk about this is just a brief description. (Note: if you click on the link to electronic devices, it will take you to Wikipedia, yes I know you may be skeptical about Wiki. but it has a diverse amount of knowledge about the subject so feel free to take a look).

The reason I believe I enjoy this class in particular is because it is taught in a top down design, meaning you see the big picture of each little component first so you can really see how everything comes together.

Orientation Week

Welcome Freshmen! As the new semester begins we welcome the incoming freshman to Embry-Riddle. Before school starts we host an orientation week to help everyone understand the layout of the campus and how life goes around here in Prescott. With student tour guides feel free to ask us any questions you have about anything. Don’t be embarrassed, chances are there are other people with the same question.

With fun activities like movie night and s’mores in front of the student union, this is a great time for freshmen to connect with others that reside here. Its a great opportunity to learn about the campus, and meet all kinds of new people! Including teachers and staff!

I welcome all freshman and transfers to Embry-Riddle, I hope you all enjoy orientation week and learn lots!

Housing

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As the start of the new semester approaches the Admissions Office keeps getting phone calls asking about on campus housing early move ins and such. We are more than happy to help with questions and transfer students over to the housing office however, if you would like the direct line to housing it can be found on their website.

Additionally, other extensions and phone numbers can be found on our main website for financial aid and for our other departments. Please feel free to explore the site and call those departments directly to avoid getting transferred between departments.

We look forward to seeing you here on campus in a few days!! Safe travels everyone!!!!

The New Semester

Good afternoon everyone, I hope you all have enjoyed you’re summer as much as I did. Today I will discuss with you some tips that I have come to learn about getting ready for the new semester after a long summer break. After a few years of experience I have decided to share some personal tricks for relieving stress and getting psyched for the new year.

To start off, we all know the routine shopping spree for school supplies and clothes. That is clearly a must, one thing I like to do when shopping for school supplies is get a few extra of everything; binders, pens, pencils, exct. Just to be sure your ready all year. Don’t forget to get in there before all the high schools begin their shopping, usually they do begin school prior to colleges.

I personally like to get everything ready a couple weeks in advanced when I have free time and I feel motivated. This way I have plenty of time to get anything I forget and I am not feeling rushed before school.

Now the best way to relieve the stress of not know how tough the year is going to be is to be sure you aren’t rushed with anything the first month school starts. So for instance if you work like me, take a fee weeks off so you can relax and know what you are getting in to. Just remind yourself of all the tough classes you have already been through and realize those classes have prepared you for this semester and the classes you are about to take.

Lastly it couldn’t hurt to read a few pages of the textbooks for your classes. All it takes for me is a chapter in each and I feel comfortable enough to relax.

Please feel free to contact me in the comments, I understand my profile says I am a freshmen but this year will begin my junior year. Thank you for reading.

Good Reads

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For those of you who like to enjoy a good book once in a while here is one that I am currently reading and really enjoying. Its called “The Silver Star” by Jeannette Walls. It is a fantastic story, not too much dialog but amazing descriptive verbiage and excellent use of the first person view. You actually feel like you are in the main character’s head, experiencing everything as an 11 year old girl in a big mysterious yet narrow world.

I highly recommend checking this book out before the summer ends as once classes start it will become a lot more difficult to balance classes, events, and such with your reading time.  If you have any comments or book suggestions for our readers please let us know by leaving a comment below. As always, have a wonderful day, thanks for reading, and we hope to see you on campus this fall!!

One last thing!!! For those of you incoming ROTC cadets, check out amazon for some books on leadership tips, they are great to have and I personally use them often!!

Professionalism

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College is that time in life where a lot of people go crazy trying new things and getting certain types of body art that they were not allowed to get before. I am sure many of you have heard cautions against it before however, with the fall semester right around the corner it is time for our new freshman to hear it again!

The piercings and tattoos you get in college need to be either limited or discreet as once you enter the professional world upon graduation they can impact your future. Many companies will not hire if you have inappropriate or easily visible tattoos. (Easily visible means large or eye catching) It is best to place tattoos where they will not be seen when you are wearing business attire.

The same goes for piercings. Ladies you must limit the number of ear and facial piercings you receive as these have a hug impact on your professional image. Sure you can keep that nose piercing while in college but when you graduate say good bye!! Additionally, do not get eyebrow piercings. These often require surgery to repair when you decide that you no longer want it and they can ruin a fair number of interviews for you.

With that said, be responsible adults with your body art. What you do everyday will always affect your future. Thanks for reading!!!

Weather

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Have you ever wondered how the weather is predicted and tracked? Well if you want to know more perhaps its time to visit Embry Riddle in Prescott Arizona to check out our Meteorology program!! Please schedule a visit today and let us know your interests. We can set you up to attend a class, meet a professor, see our air craft and so much more!! When you visit us the door to a whole new world of experiences opens, its up to you to walk through and join our community :)

We look forward to seeing you on campus very soon. Have a wonderful day everyone!!

Back to School Count Down!!

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There are 22 days left until the Fall semester starts! Are you prepared?? Here is a general checklist of items that you may need to complete before you arrive here on campus for the Fall 2014 semester :)

1. Buy text books

2. Buy sheets (the website should have been mailed to you by the Housing Department)

3. Pack up your room (there is a packing list that was provided by the Housing Department as well, if you need another or have questions give them a call!)

4. Plan your trip by plane, train, or automobile!

5. Attend Orientation

6. Classes begin August 25th!!

Also, it may be a good idea to confirm your class schedule, pay tuition, and take a tour of our beautiful campus.

Galveston

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I had the pleasure of getting to see Galveston Texas yesterday!! If you have ever been to Texas you know how awesome it is down there!! I highly suggest going if you are in the area and you get the chance to. The beach is gorgeous and the water is very warm, it is so different from the west coast waters which are very cold even in the summer.

If you get the chance to travel before the summer is over then take the trip down to Texas, it is a wonderful place to visit with so many different places to see and experience. If you have taken a trip this summer please let us know where! You can comment below and add a picture if possible :) We look forward to hearing from you and we will see you in the Fall!!

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August is Basically Here!!

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August 1st is tomorrow and that means that school is just a few short weeks away! For our incoming freshman it is time to start packing up and getting ready to come to Arizona!!! Some packing tips are:

A) roll your clothes to create smaller bundles

B) Use vacuum seal bags to save space

C) Buy the last few items you need (like pain killers, toiletries, laundry stuff, etc) when you arrive

D) Don’t bring too many books or decorations from home as they can take up a lot of space

E) buy your bed sheets when you arrive on campus

Hope these tips help our new freshman, if you have any comments or questions please let us know below!!