This past semester allowed me to learn more about myself, my major, and pushed me to start planning for an upcoming study abroad trip. This was the last semester of taking any general education classes, and I am thrilled to say that now my classes will focus on different types of sustainable technologIn my sustainable technology writing class this semester, I became more knowledgeable about different types of solar and wind energies. Thanks to this class, I was able to realize that I would much rather work with solar panels than wind turbines.
This past Spring, I also took a larger leadership role in my fraternity, Sigma Nu, because I wanted to keep the organization moving in the right direction. As the recorder, I have to keep records of everything and keep all of the documents structured. This was a true test of my organizational skills, because at the beginning of the semester, to be honest, I was not prepared to be so organized. Nevertheless, I quickly learned that the structure of my work has to be a priority. The recorder position is on the executive committee of the fraternity and in the committee we decide how to allocate our funds and how to establish achievable goals and expectations for everyone. This year, we met all of our goals and won several awards, including an award for our work during Greek Week. In addition to this, we were also voted by the student newspaper as “Fraternity of the Year”. However, my proudest moment this semester was when we held our annual volleyball tournament and were able to raise about $5000 to give to charity.
As mentioned before, I started planning when and where I was going to study abroad, because that was a goal I set for myself when I arrived to college. It is nerve wracking, since I know that I will miss my friends and family, but studying abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I can not ignore. I have decided to study abroad in Europe during the Spring semester and will spend the summer researching the details. Overall, this semester was filled with new understanding, lessons on coordination, and ideas for the near future.
Written By: Jake Powell
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https://fsl.appstate.edu/ Fraternity & Sorority Life (FSL)
https://www.appstate.edu/academics/majors/id/sustainable-technology Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Technology
https://international.appstate.edu/education-abroad Office of International Education and Development (OIED)