Hi, my name is Emily Grochowski and I will be the VP of Programming for UPB this coming year. The summer is coming to a close, and you’ve now had the chance to meet most of the new executive board for UPB and taken a peak into their lives this summer.
The other day I was watching America’s Next Top Model (because let’s be real, it is ALWAYS on) and the girls did a photo shoot where they had to define the four sides of themselves. Since it’s about time I write a blog post, I’m going to follow Tyra Banks and let you know a little about myself by illustrating the four sides of me this summer.
1. Senorita Emily
As an International Business and Spanish major, I traveled to Spain for a summer abroad program. Besides being able to travel to Madrid, Barcelona, Andalucia, and Portugal, I got to experience a lot of Spanish culture in Salamanca where I attended the Universidad de Salamanca and lived with a Spanish-speaking family. One of my favorite memories was experiencing the world cup in Spain. Thousands of people would gather in the local courtyards and cheer on “La Furia Roja” on the big screen.
2. Scuba Diver Emily
I have a marketing internship with a large dive company, which gave me the opportunity to fly out to California for a week-long dive trip. 4 days and 10 different dives off the coast left me exhausted, but also gave me an Open Diver Certification and a lot of sun.
3. Body Builder Emily
Ok this isn’t really what it sounds like, and it’s actually a bit of a stretch, but it’s the best I could think of. All of my other adventures throughout the summer required me to have some means of income; therefore, I worked at Gold’s Gym where I’ve worked since 2005. When I say I spent “long hours at the gym” I don’t mean pumping iron, more like scanning membership cards, but you get the point.
4. Bookworm Emily
I am a very avid reader, but during the school year I really don’t have the time or energy to pick up a book. The summer gives me a perfect opportunity to indulge. At this time, I‘ve already read 23 books!
Next stop on my summer is back to Harrisonburg for 1787 Orientation, where I’ll have a chance to welcome the next generation of Dukes!
~Emily Grochowski (VP of Programming)