Join Me in My Journey Through College!

Hi everyone! I’m Maddy and I’m beginning my sophomore year here at ERAU Prescott. I’m an Aeronautical Science (Fixed-Wing) major with a concentration in Airline Operations, minoring in Meteorology, and I’m currently working toward my commercial pilot’s license. All my life I’ve been in love with all things aviation, and it’s my dream and goal to fly for a major airline such as Southwest. Being at Embry-Riddle has been an amazing experience so far, and I’m so proud to say that I’m attending the most well-known aviation university in the world.

Me in front of our competition Cessna aircraft

Me in front of our competition Cessna aircraft

I grew up in sunny Orange County, California, and I’ve got to say Prescott is just as scenic as the coastlines of SoCal. At first, it was tough going from sea level to 5000 feet, but now I can say that I’m fully adjusted to the mile-high city. It seems like just yesterday I was transitioning into life at Embry-Riddle Prescott. Time has truly “flown” by! (pun intended).

Besides taking classes and flight training, I’m also a second-year member of the Golden Eagles Flight Team, a member of the APLA Ace Club, a member of Women in Aviation and a member of the Archery Club. There’s never a dull moment in my life, but that’s just how I like it!

I personally invite you to follow me on my sophomore year at Riddle. I’ll be sharing more about my activities and adventures in the near future, so you can see what life is like here at Embry-Riddle Prescott. Let’s embark on this journey together!

Planning My Final Semester at Embry-Riddle

MikeHello Everyone! My name is Mike Cruz, and I am excited to be posting my first blog! I am now a senior expecting to graduate in the spring with a Bachelors degree in Aeronautical Science and a Minor in Applied Meteorology. Furthermore, I am almost done with my flight training at Embry-Riddle, just finishing up the last bit of CFII (Certified Flight Instructor Instrument). If any of you have any questions please feel free to contact me and I will do my best to help you further understand what it is like to be a student and pilot here at Embry-Riddle. Here goes!

You would think that by the time you become a senior registering for classes is a piece of cake. Well it is and it isn’t. In the beginning, as a freshman, you have this huge grocery list of classes you have to take, and really it is the pick of the litter as they say. However, now as I register for my final semester, each class is a calculated choice that fulfills the final requirements for my degree. Which excitingly are going to be, AS411 (Airline Transport Systems), AS420 (Flight Technique Analysis), and AS408 (Flight Safety). Furthermore in order to get the reduced ATP minimums and have credit for an ATP ground school to that the written exam, I am also taking FA420 (Airline Flight Crew Technique and Procedures). A mouthful I know, and they sound more complex than they really are. The classes listed above are basically very specific classes to help you understand the ins and outs of what it is like being an airline pilot!

The process of registering for classes is really easy. Everything is done online, like shopping on Amazon. You have a “shopping cart” which is were you place the classes you would like to register for. Once in your cart and all you have to click is “enroll.”  Very easy system!

Timing is the another factor when registering for classes! You are in the middle of your current class load for the fall semester, — you’re focused, you’re determined, when all of a sudden BAM! You receive the email that it is time to register for spring classes next week. Being a college student really should be called “time management student.” Besides walking out of here with a degree you will become highly skilled in managing your time to the best of your ability. Which is an awesome accolade to have going out into the work force.

With all that being said I have successfully registered for my final semester here at Embry-Riddle on time and very excited. Check out some of the classes I’ve taken and ones that you will take as an Aeronautical Science student here!

Talk to you soon, and stay warm up in the north!