My name is Eric Solomon I'm majoring in Physical Education with an emphasis in health and wellness. I went into this degree just to kind of help people get into shape and health and just get people to really care about being healthier.
I come from a house of five, that's my mom, my dad, and then my two younger siblings I'm the oldest of three and I grew up here for Portales so I've been here my whole entire life. My background is my parents raised me to be the best person I could be so I just grew up believing to be a decent person and help out whoever is in need. That's also what helped me to pursue this career I love people, I like to go to the gym, obviously, that's one of my hobbies. I like to write poetry and I also play video games on my spare time. Other than that I don't really do anything else.
Why did you chose to attend ENMU?
I chose to attend ENMU because it is a school that doesn't cost too much and is very affordable. I was close to home so I didn't have to worry about moving anywhere very far away where I had to drive to come see my family, so I have my family here I get to see them all the time. Everybody in my family went to ENMU so I just decided to come to ENMU.
What do you hope to pursue as a career?
I'm actually trained to be a bodybuilder as of right now but if that doesn't work out I want to be a healthcare consultant where I travel to different hospitals in the United States just trying to make hospitals better for people. To me hospitals are extremely depressing, so I just want to make hospitals more welcoming and just a better vibe.
What is your favorite part about being a Greyhound?
My favorite part about being a greyhound is just the different diversity I get to see of people because just being here I'm able to see different kinds of people interact with people from different places. I guess that's the best part about it is I get to meet new people and I get to open my mind more to different kinds of experience people have and different backgrounds that people come from. It just helps open my mind up about the world around me that's the United States or just me but there's other people that are like me if not different than me just brought into my view.
What activities have you been involved in outside of the classroom?
I'm involved with ASAB which is the Associate Students Activities Board, I'm actually the head coordinator for that. That's mostly what I've been involved with outside of the classroom, we’re the people that are in charge of bringing all the events to campus so we’re the people that bring you musicians, comedians, and poets. We do Open Mic tonight, we do karaoke night, we do grocery shipping when we play Bingo and we give away fruit groceries we've got plenty of entertainment if you think there's something that's not there for you there's plenty of stuff for you to do.
What is your favorite place on ENMU campus?
Well that would be here the Greyhound Arena because I like to come to the Greyhound Arena and sit on the hill outside and just sit there and think about stuff it's super quiet no noises out there so I just sit there and just stare at the sky enjoy the time.
Which professors have helped mentor you during your time at ENMU?
Well my advisor Dr. Wall has helped me a lot. She has helped me get all my classes in order and when I when I take her courses if I don't understand something she knows so she’ll explain the material to me differently so I can understand it and actually progress in the class, so I appreciate her for taking that time and putting in that effort to help me be a better student and pass my classes. And about my boss great Professor but he's helped me to move my head in life as well because I used to just be a shy student. I used to just come in and leave but he helped me to open up and get more involved with the campus, so out of all my professors I appreciate them the most because they've helped me through tough times and through all the endeavors I've been through.
What has been your favorite class at ENMU?
Olympic lift it's where I was taught how to properly lift weights without hurting myself for those lifting wrong the whole time. The class taught me how to power clean, bench press, squat, and deadlift. It taught me how to do all those things properly without injury so I'm grateful for that because that helps me push myself in the gym to be better and to grow as a bodybuilder.
What advice would you give to new students?
Don't be afraid to try different things because if you live your life in fear of what people are going to tell you, or people are going to say to you because of who you are you're never going to get anywhere. You need to be able to push yourself to go and try different things because you're not going to get noticed and you're not going to get that recognition you want. I just want people to come out to these events meet different people. You never know you can meet your best friend for life, be open and get that courage to come out here and you'll see me and if you need help I'm here for you guys. If you see me don't hesitate to talk to me because I'm here that's what I'm here for is to help you guys feel like you belong here because you do belong here.