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Dr. Sally Blomstrom with her husband and colleague Bill Thompson on the Daytona Campus. (Embry-Riddle/David Massey)
Dr. Sally Blomstrom with her husband and colleague Bill Thompson, Executive Director Engagement Initiatives, share over 40 years combined at Embry-Riddle. (Embry-Riddle / David Massey)

Embry-Riddle is unlike any other institution, offering a unique combination of small class sizes, industry connections and hands-on learning. Dr. Sally Blomstrom, professor in the Humanities and Communication Department, shares the benefits of an Embry-Riddle education and preparing for the future now.

How do Embry-Riddle’s class sizes benefit students?

The classes I teach are limited to 24 students. The smaller class sizes benefit students through hands-on learning activities, opportunities to get to know other students and the professor, increased engagement and more personalized feedback.

Do you have any examples of how students have benefited from curriculum?

Several students have successfully applied what we covered in class at the career fair, resulting in the students receiving offers. These assignments include resume writing, mock interviews and developing a personal elevator pitch. Students prepare answers to commonly asked interview questions and think about how to effectively refer to a particular assignment from the course to demonstrate evidence of their skills.

How has your expertise in the field benefited your students?

I worked in industry for several years, and sharing my experience helps students understand how the skills and knowledge developed in the class apply in their careers.

What elements of an Embry-Riddle education do you think are unique for our students compared to other universities?

The main difference at Embry-Riddle is you will be surrounded by students with similar interests. A lot of the learning happens outside of the classroom - in study groups, clubs and during internships. Students have many opportunities to apply what they are learning, which helps them stand out to potential employers. Students who get involved in a club related to their major can apply what they are learning in a different context.

Also, Embry-Riddle students have access to their professors. The class sizes are small enough to allow students to get to know their faculty and vice versa. This combined with the strong alumni network benefit students with making connections in the industry.

Do you have any study tips for high schoolers considering college?

Find something that interests you in every assignment. Once you connect with a topic, you will become more motivated and passionate about the project, likely resulting in higher grades. That single tip can make all the difference.

Choose to be engaged in each assignment. Put in the effort to do a good job. You want to maintain a high grade point average in your courses.

Additionally, work on time management so that you complete all your assignments on time. If you complete a draft before an assignment is due, you can ask for feedback from your teacher. Receiving feedback helps you understand what you are doing well and where you can improve. I encourage you to have a positive attitude about receiving feedback. We can all improve!

And finally, ask for help when you need it.

Do you have any tips for seniors on how to make the most of their senior year and prepare for college life?

Treat school seriously, as you would a job. Important elements of success in college include discipline and time management, so develop those while in high school.

Additionally, you should prepare and follow a study schedule as well as pursue some leadership opportunities.

But most importantly, enjoy your senior year. Stay involved in your classes and in activities while keeping your priorities and focus in mind.


Learn more about Dr. Sally Blomstrom

Dr. Blomstrom is a professor in the Humanities and Communication Department on the Daytona Campus. She has a Ph.D. in Communication from Michigan State University and has published multiple case studies on STEM literacy and service learning. She’s currently involved in a research project investigating STEM literacy. Dr. Blomstrom teaches Speech and Technical Report Writing.