College of Aviation Senator Candidate

Ethan Benne

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Ethan Benne

Junior, BS Aeronautical Science

"Since I was young, aviation has been a major part of my life. I chose to go after my passion as a junior in high school. Ever since my first flight, I have known aviation as my dream and have pursued it ever since. The week before attending Embry Riddle, I passed my private pilot check ride and could officially call myself a pilot. I am currently majoring in aeronautical science with a minor in airline operations. And at the beginning of my certified flight instructor course. My time at Embry Riddle, although relatively short, has led me through doors I never would have imagined. Through my time here, not only has my flight ability grown, but my leadership, networking, and overall love for aviation improved. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music, flying with friends, and going on trips. I look forward to what the COA has to offer!"

  • What makes you a qualified candidate for this position?

    "Throughout my life, I have been involved in many leadership topics. Rainging from leaders of clubs to part of my student board in high school. As well as this, my passion for aviation has allowed me the experience opportunities to have flown both at riddle and outside of riddle, giving me a unique perspective for this school. I am also devoted to my academic achievements, and I believe this can have a positive impact on the College of Aviation. Putting all these pieces together, I firmly believe that I am qualified for this position and have the necessary background to be a leader and a voice for this college. By having a unique perspective as well as a wide range of activities, I can use my voice to address problems that may arise and that others think need to be dealt with. As well as being a leader in the community and choosing to put my college first."

  • What is the purpose of the SGA Student Senate?

    "I believe that the purpose of the SGA senate is to be a voice for the students. Many students may feel that their opinions do not matter, and by being someone that these students can come to and help further their goals, I can make a difference. Along with this, I view the senate as a middleman to the students and to the higher executives both in the college and the school. Relaying problems from below to a higher figure. As well as ultimately being the voice for what the college wants and using my position to help others. All of these I feel are viable reasons for having a strong senate and using them well. Furthermore, this ability to communicate with others will allow us to use ideas that others may come up with and implement them into our college and better not only ourselves but further students down the road who choose this program."

  • How do you plan to elevate and communicate issues that your constituents are concerned about to the Senate?

    "By using my voice and my ability to connect with others, I feel I can elevate issues that other students may see in the College of Aviation. Having had experience in a leadership place like this, I feel I can use those skills to take what others say, elevate those to the Senate, and make a difference in the school. Having been in a place where I feel my voice is not heard, I truly believe that being in this position, I have that experience and know that others, although they may not say it, have problems with both the school and the college. By allowing others to use me as a point they can go to with their issues, I feel I can effectively communicate this to this enate and their respective places that they need to go to. Furthermore, by doing this, I feel that we can truly make a difference in this school, use great ideas, and implement them to benefit not only ourselves but also the future of this school."

  • How will you improve the ERAU experience for your constituents?

    "The Embry Riddle experiences have both its highs and lows. As any college student knows, it’s not always perfect. But I feel that being in this position, I can ultimately improve others’ time and experience here. One goal of mine is to introduce more networking opportunities not only at events but also in the classroom that will allow others to build off of these ideas. Along with this, I want to make changes that will benefit others not only in the classroom but on the flight line and in their personal lives. By doing both of these, I truly believe that we can improve every student in the College of Aviation experience here and make sure when they look back, they truly enjoyed the time they spent here. It is my goal to make each and every person’s time here enjoyable and to use my ability and position to make a difference in this community."