The Four Sides of Emily

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)

Summertime and the Livin’ is Easy

My summers have themes.

Summer of Freshman year’s theme: the pool.

I was a lifeguard for 4 years. Sunshine, swim lessons, whistle twirling, and diving boards filled the days.

Summer of Sophomore year’s theme: the music industry.

 That summer I worked as a Booking Agent intern at Live Nation in DC. I spent the summer running around Nissan Pavilion learning the ins and outs of promoting and producing shows at Northern VA’s largest venue, which is relevant because of my minor and what I ultimately would like to do in life.

Summer of Junior year’s theme: español

I’m pursuing a minor in Spanish (as well as Music Industry), and for the past 6 weeks my home was Salamanca, Spain. Each weekend had a different destination: Portugal, Barcelona, Santiago de Compostela, Madrid, Sevilla, Cordoba, Grenada, and Mediva. Nothing I have done thus far has compared to that experience. Living and studying independently with my JMU companions brought me to levels of understanding about other cultures and languages and their different dialects. This summer opened my eyes to the rest of the world and I can’t wait to see what else life has to show me.

Upcoming this year I will back to Center Stage for my 4th and final year. With the help of my stellar committee, we will spend the next year planning concerts that will excite the student body. Currently we are submitting offers to artists we want to entertain our stage in the Convocation Center and Wilson Auditorium…get excited- this year is going to be great!