I recently participated in a student panel for the first spring open house of 2015. The audience asked me questions and of course, I had to make the crowd laugh, and I talked about the robotics competition. It felt great to hear the crowd applaud for the team and our major accomplishments and contributions to the field of robotics. I think some of my friends got tired of me filming and taking pictures with my GoPro. The GoPro made the experience better and when the robotics club and I showcased the robots, the looks on everyone’s faces was priceless. The team and I packed up after the open house and headed to the airport for our flight to Kentucky, where we finished sixth in the world at the VEX U robotics championship!

The end of the semester is already here. The critical point of learning has been reached and I can hear it sizzling; finals are approaching. This is the college life. It’s about how much you’re willing to do, and how hard you’re willing to work to get what you want. I will lose sleep and a part of my social life, but summer will bring happiness and sunny days back home on South Beach! Good luck on finals to my fellow students. Don’t forget to like, comment, and subscribe; Terry, checking out!

You may remember Pat as the first student to post to vaughnblog.com. In this clip, Pat describes his internship experience at Vaughn. Check back for more posts from our student ambassadors!

You may remember Victoria from her blog post. Now you can hear about her first flight as an aircraft operations student at Vaughn College!


Meet Terry, a mechatronic engineering major and member of the robotics club in this clip, and see more from Terry and the other ambassadors coming soon on vaughnblog.com!

Meet Lisa, an aircraft operations major and flight fanatic at Vaughn College. Check back here for more updates from Lisa and all of our other student ambassadors!

In this video, you’ll meet Nick, an aviation maintenance management major and veteran student at Vaughn College. Check back here for more updates from Nick and all of our other student ambassadors!

Meet some of Vaughn’s student ambassadors in this video, and check back here for updates and posts from each student!

image[1]“Walk straight down to the end of the hallway and the admissions department will be able to assist you.” Those are the words that changed my life. Those words were my first step to becoming a student at Vaughn College.

I took the advantage of joining Quick Start, a summer program that gives incoming freshmen a head start on their college credits. During the program, I learned a lot about certain classes and the overall college experience. I was excited to begin this chapter of my life but was even more excited that this chapter is paving my road to success as a mechanical engineer.

But this excitement was only the beginning.

Halfway though the summer program, I was blessed with a surprise visit from my mother and father. When we settled down and got into conversation, the topic of choice was (of course) college and my determination for success. And then they asked me something I wasn’t expecting: they asked if I’d like to live on campus during the year. Since I’m from Long Island, I never expected this, but my immediate answer was “yes.” My parents imageexplained that they thought it would be much easier for me to make it to class on time and to study if I lived on campus. They were definitely right. And realistically, what teenager wouldn’t want to live on their own? And so, on September 3, 2011, my Vaughn College experience truly took off.

I have learned and dealt with a lot, living on campus. I have made friends, and lost friends; I have had my share of discussions and debates with professors. And through it all, each experience has taught me something. Today I can count on my closest friends, and I have matured into the man I was raised to become. In terms of maturing as a student, I have Vaughn to thank for that. In terms of maturing as a person, I thank God, my family and my friends. I wouldn’t be who I am today without them.

PatBatey4Hello, my name is Patrick L. Batey. I’m a third-year resident student at Vaughn College; my major is Airport Management with a minor in Air Traffic Control. I live in Upstate New York, in a small town called Watertown. I have two brothers – being a middle child, it’s sometimes a struggle having to look up to one and set an example to another. I try to live my life by certain mottos. My favorite one is “everything happens for a reason.” No clue who said it, I just roll with it.

I wouldn’t be as close to the aviation industry as I am now without Vaughn College. One thing I have heard about aviation is that it’s a tough industry, but once you’ve made that first step, you’re in. The office of career services, along with other employees at Vaughn set me up with the best opportunities for networking in the aviation industry. Going to numerous career fairs, conferences and even political meetings, it was only a matter of time until I found a place to gain work experience. I gained that experience when I interned at Watertown International Airport over the summer. PatBatey3It was one of the best experiences I could have, working alongside the
manager. Working in a small airport means less people and more things to do. I worked in my own office along with the marketing department, filing and driving a truck around the airport to supervise construction. Many people would agree that being trained onsite is just as important as learning about the industry in class.

In my spare time, I enjoy sports and being outdoors. I’ve participated in many sports such as gymnastics, lacrosse and tennis. I was on the tennis team at Vaughn for a year (Go Warriors!). Everybody knows that once the winter hits it’s brick out, so at home I take time out to hunt and snowboard. The office of student affairs has hosted snowboarding and ski trips to Mount Killington in Vermont, the biggest mountain on the east coast to snowboard! I don’t just snowboard, I also enjoy longboarding; sometimes you’ll see me cruising around campus between classes. I also believe in staying healthy as well. I enjoy cooking my own food in the residence hall kitchen, and work out five times a week to stay fit. I go to church every Sunday in

PatBatey1Astoria, which is a really interesting and diverse community. My friends and I also like to go to the city. Vaughn’s campus is close to Manhattan, and there is always something fun going on and Times Square is always a big hit. I enjoy dancing, so when performers get on the train it’s nice to throw them some change.

I plan on finishing my bachelor’s degree in Airport Management in May 2016, hopefully after a few more internships. My goal is to work in the upstate region or become an Air Traffic Controller. Staying involved on campus has helped me open doors into the aviation industry, and has made my Vaughn College experience truly memorable.