December Graduate Spotlight

By Grace Brown, Correspondent

For most students at Embry-Riddle, the end of this strange and difficult semester is a welcome one. Students are focused on the light at the end of the tunnel and look forward to having time to relax. For a few students, that light at the end of the tunnel shines a little brighter, as the end of this semester means the end of their time as college students. 

Sarah Chapin is one of those lucky few. Chapin is part of the December 2020 graduating class, and will be graduating with a degree in Aviation Business Administration. Following her graduation, Chapin will be working with Textron Aviation. 

Throughout her time here at Embry-Riddle, Chapin was active in her sorority, Alpha Sigma Tau. Being involved with Greek life has led to her favorite memory, Greek Week. She describes the event as “All our organizations coming together to have fun in ‘friendly competition’ events like volleyball, sidewalk chalk, and even lip sync.” The event creates an opportunity for different organization members to meet one another and represent their organizations in a fun, light-hearted atmosphere that is sure to produce great experiences and memories. 

While COVID-19 has certainly put a damper on celebrations, Chapin is optimistic about the university’s graduation plans. Although she wishes to have graduated in a traditional manner, she is “choosing to look at the new graduation plans as a unique opportunity that we will all remember throughout our lifetimes.” Chapin is sure to note that she and her fellow graduates are lucky to be receiving the revised ceremonies, and realizes that others have not even received the recognition that Embry-Riddle students have. 

The end of college life can be bittersweet and it is easy to get caught up in the emotions that come along with leaving a chapter of your life behind. Because of this, Chapin’s advice to students still here at Embry-Riddle is to “take advantage of every day you are given. Throughout life we are always in a hurry to get to the next chapter, but at some point, we wanted to be right where we are today. Take the time to live in the moment, you will never get this time back or to do anything over.” Even through the unique semester that has passed and the ones that are sure to come, Chapin says it is important to remember that we have a limited time at ERAU, so make sure to live each day to the fullest, and you will graduate with no regrets. 

Horizons wishes Chapin and other graduates best of luck as they embark on their next chapters in life.