Exploring the Last Frontier

Aerospace Engineering student Corben Sroka spent his summer discovering the wonders of Alaska.

Aerospace Engineering student Corben Sroka during his trip to Alaska through Embry-Riddle’s Study America program.
Aerospace Engineering student Corben Sroka during his trip to Alaska through Embry-Riddle’s Study America program. (Photo: Corben Sroka)

The decision to join Embry-Riddle was easy for Aerospace Engineering student Corben Sroka (‘23). While he was finishing high school, his sister was completing her B.S. in Aeronautics from ERAU.

Through his sister’s experience, Sroka was able to make several visits to the Daytona Beach Campus and visualize what his life would look like in the Aerospace Engineering program.

Now three years into his Eagle journey, he’s enjoyed his experience on campus, but one of his favorite Embry-Riddle memories so far has been participating in Study America.

“There are a lot of options for courses in Study America and since I already needed to take a speech class, I was able to complete it while making new friends and memories I’ll never forget,” he said.

Throughout the summer, Sroka and his fellow students explored the vast state, making stops in cities including Anchorage, Seward, Girdwood and Palmer.

“In each of our excursions we had multiple trips – taking a boat tour of the Kenai Fjords, visiting glaciers, hiking, going to the zoo, art museum and the Musk Ox Farm,” said Sroka. “Although we didn’t have something planned for every day, we ended up doing a lot of activities outside the program to experience more of the city and to do things we wouldn’t be able to do as a group such as flight seeing tours to Mount Denali and going dog sledding.”

Since he had a light class load during the program, Sroka had extra time to explore all that the state has to offer.

He recommends the program to anyone who has the opportunity to participate.

“Study America was an amazing opportunity to grow as a person and go somewhere I never thought I’d have the chance to travel to while earning credits towards my degree,” said Sroka.