It’s incredible to think that not too long ago I was just starting to discover what it meant to be an Embry-Riddle (ERAU) Eagle. Words cannot express how excited we are for you this year while you start your college experience at ERAU. When upperclassmen tell you that time flies when you’re in college (no pun intended), they aren’t kidding; it feels like yesterday that I was starting as a freshman for this incredible institution.
You may have looked at different universities before coming here, or you may have always known that you wanted to come here; regardless, you’ve made a great decision. That being said, just because you’ve gotten into Embry-Riddle, doesn’t mean you are guaranteed to be successful. You have made a great decision, but your success will be limited only by the decisions that you make. You may be fed up with this term by now, but a decision we advise you to make is to get involved.
As a first-year student at Embry-Riddle, you have some pretty exclusive opportunities to take advantage of if you get involved; one of them is the Student Government Association (SGA). The SGA is a student-led organization dedicated to providing service and events for the student body, as well as acting as a liaison to faculty, staff and administration. What does this mean? It means that our focus is neither on politics nor preparing students for a better political background; our focus is on serving the students of ERAU. As a freshman, the best way to get involved with SGA is via the First-Year Initiative (FYI), which I’m sure you will hear all about from our FYI Captain, Zachary Willis. If you are serious about one day being a student leader on campus, FYI is a perfect way to start.
The other ways you can get involved with SGA from day one is to participate in one of the three divisions within the SGA. Our oldest division, The Avion Newspaper, is a group of hard-working individuals with incredible networking opportunities within the aerospace industry. Their mission is to produce the school’s newspaper every week, but they do so much more. Whether you enjoy journalism, photography, interviewing, design, editing or engaging in social media, the Avion is a great way to be a part of the SGA.
Our second oldest division, the WIKD 102.5 FM (Daytona Beach’s only free-format radio station!), is a very distinct group that are constantly working behind the scenes to provide higher quality entertainment. Not only is WIKD now on iHeartRadio, but they are number two in the nation among college radio stations. But that’s not all they do, they also provide on and off-campus DJ services! Seriously, these guys are nothing short of wikd cool.
Finally we have Touch-N-Go Productions, a group of diligent women and men that raise the bar every year when it comes to on-campus entertainment. These people provide weekly movies that have yet to come out on DVD, comedy shows, co-sponsorships with other organizations, and an annual spring concert with high quality bands. Oh, and did I mention that this is all FREE? That’s right, attending these events will not cost you any extra money. To me that’s the icing on the cake.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to get involved with the SGA, but if you feel like none of those are what you are looking for, that’s ok! We always appreciate feedback from students with suggestions or concerns. It is an incredible honor to have been elected to serve as your SGA President for the 2014-2015 academic year, and if you have any questions, feel free to email me at email@example.com or simply stop by the SGA office – our door is always open and it we would love to get to know you.