Thanksgiving break was a few weeks ago which was a really nice time off of work for a few days. Westminster had Wednesday through Sunday off which was really nice! My sister came out to visit me and we drove down to St. George Utah to visit with family that lives down there. It was a great time, we especially enjoyed the warm 70 degree weather!
Winter decided to show up since it is now snowing and been cold this past week. It is making it feel more festive and around the holiday times. Everyone that either skis or snowboards has been really excited since all the resorts have opened up and they can all begin their winter.
This week at Westminster is finals week. As you walk around campus you can sense that everyone is studying and getting ready for them. Students need to remember that it is almost the end of the semester and winter break is going to be here before we know it. Many of the out of state students are leaving this week to go home for the holiday break.
I have still been flying and working with my students. I even had one of my students complete his first solo the other day! I think I was more nervous than he was to complete his solo and fly the plane without me in it. This is a big day for any pilot and I can still remember my first solo to this day.
Last week (before all the snow) my student and I were flying and we got to fly right over the main terminals and see the airport from a unique perspective. It is a big advantage flying in the class bravo airspace. As a student you learn how to sound like a professional and feel comfortable going into any type of airspace, no matter how busy. It is a huge advantage to learn how to fly at Westminster!
I hope everyone enjoys the winter weather we have been having!
Friday, December 13, 2013
Saturday, November 9, 2013
It has been an experience teaching students the joys of aviation, we have been flying all over the region to places like Pocatello which is in Idaho, Vernal, Heber, Richfield, which are all in Utah. I still think it is really neat that these students get to go to these fun places for class credit!
Even though it snowed the other day the weather has been great lately! A little early in the year for snow but it all melted away and has been great fall weather. I'm not quite ready for more snow to come yet.
It has been a very interesting switch from being a student to now being finished with school and having different things to focus on. Sometimes I miss all of the events that used to happen on campus. Last week for Halloween all of the flight instructors had a costume competition to see who could come up with the best costume. I ended up dressing up as Rick Grimes from the Walking Dead series.
Next Saturday we are having one of our Westminster Experiences which will give prospective students a chance to see what Westminster is all about! There will be sample classes, current students and professors, and a chance to see what it means to be a Griffin for a day! As always all of the students interested in studying aviation will have a chance to try their hand at flying in our simulator and seeing what the program entails! Hope to see everyone at this event!
Friday, October 11, 2013
Not only do we get to teach them about aerodynamics but we also get to show them hands on by building gliders with them, then competing with them by taking them outside and throwing them around. It is so much fun being able to volunteer as well as talk about my favorite subject, airplanes!
I also had the opportunity to go up flying during night time and get current landing at night. It is so different flying at night, I always compare it to being on a boat during the night time since you only see the aircraft lights and city lights. A very unique situation. Hope everyone has been enjoying this nice weather we are having!
Thursday, September 26, 2013
It has been quite an experience instructing students and teaching them about flying and aviation. I have felt very prepared to teach them about flying because of all the classes I took at Westminster. I also enjoy making connections with my students and watching them improve not only their flying but their aviation knowledge.
I have been enjoying the Salt Lake City area, and glad that I have the opportunity to stick around here and continue exploring the area. The fall weather is just now starting to move into the area; there was even a little bit of snow up in the mountains recently as well.
This weekend is the Westminster Experience which is always a fun event to help out with. There is going to be some sample classes without quizzes, and for the students interested in studying aviation we will be having the simulators going to let the students experience what it is like being a pilot themselves. I hope to see many perspective Westminster students at this event on Saturday! Hope everyone enjoys their weekend! If anyone has any specific questions or would like me to post about something specific please let me know.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
About a week and a half ago I was helping all the new students move in and realized it is a little strange not being a student anymore. Throughout the entire week everyone was very enthusiastic to move in and get started with their College career. They started orientation and then the returning students all started class last Wednesday.
All of the incoming students participate in a community service project, for the aviation students we usually head out to Wendover to help restore the airfield. There are always projects that we help complete and
volunteer some time back to the community. This year I joined many of the incoming students with the project and had a great time getting to know them all better and help with the restoration project.
I will keep updating my blog throughout the year and share some of my instructing and post graduation adventures. I have had the chance to fly with a few of my students and glad that Westminster prepared me for this type of job. I know I am going to be very successful in the aviation field and can lean on all my training that was provided. Hope everyone enjoys the long weekend!
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
|My sister Sara and I|
This is such a bittersweet time in our lives, it is really exciting to be graduating and getting ready for the next step in life but when looking ahead it is also somewhat hard leaving everything that you have gotten accustomed to over the past few years. You just have to make the best of the situation and be happy in the moment.
I plan on staying in Salt Lake over the summer and continue attending one more class that I need to finish and officially receive my degree in August. I will let everyone know what is happening around campus as the summer continues.
I also just passed my flight instructor check ride so now I can start applying for jobs as a flight instructor and enjoy the thrills of teaching students the skills of flying!
This weekend I am traveling back home to the Boston area for my sister's high school graduation which is going to be lots of fun! I haven't been back home since December time so it will be nice going back and seeing family and friends that are there. Hope everyone else is enjoying this nice summer weather!
Friday, May 24, 2013
I have had the opportunity to live in campus housing during my entire time at Westminster College. I think every student should live in campus housing for at least a year. It is a lot of fun, and super convenient living in campus housing as well. There are always many activities and events that are happening around campus and in the resident halls.
There are two styles of housing on campus, the traditional style and apartment style of housing. I have lived in both types of housing and they each have their own perks. I enjoyed living on campus so much I even ended up applying for the Resident Advisor position which has been an excellent experience. This gave me a chance to connect with many residents and see all the work that happens to make everyone's experience with campus housing enjoyable.
Currently I live in Westminster's newest housing building called Westminster on the Draw which is about a 7 min walk from campus. I enjoy living off campus but still having all the campus resources available to me. This building is super nice and has a lot of additional amenities.
A lot of students are making plans to travel somewhere this weekend, but I am just planning on relaxing and enjoying the warm summer weather! I hope everyone has a great long weekend!