KLAMATH FALLS, Ore.
- Feb. 15, 2014
-- “If someone were to tell me that I was going to graduate from college with honors, I wouldn’t have believed you,” explains Erik Vrismo. Erik is far from done with his pursuit of a higher education. In fact he continued his education at Embry University but this time he is going after his Masters of Business Administration in Aviation. Erik went directly into his graduate studies after completing his undergrad so he is expecting to complete his master’s program in the near future.
“Barriers are not real,” says Erik Vrismo, “they are only created in our minds.” These are the words of motivation Erik has lived by since he was a young boy. Growing up, his parents have played a significant role of influence throughout his life. “They both taught me discipline and gave me the confidence I have needed throughout my life,” explains Erik Vrismo.
The friends, family and colleagues of Erik Vrismo are quick to describe him as a great listener, selfless, always putting others before himself, disciplined, focus and very hard working. That is because they have witnessed Erik turn his life around. There was a point in Erik’s life where he was unsure that he was even going to graduate high school.
So when Erik Vrismo was faced with the challenged of not passing high school, he took it head on and graduated in 1990. He knew that he had to turn his life around so he enlisted in the United States Air Force. Ten years later after three years of undergraduate school, Erik Vrismo graduated in 2009 with high honors of Magna Cum Laude. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
When Erik isn’t busy with work and school, he enjoys traveling. Through the Air Force, he has been able to travel to 30 different countries. Even though the majority of his travels was for work, he is very grateful to have had the opportunity to travel and witness many beautiful countries. In an interview with Erik Vrismo, he explained that his all time favorite country that he has visited would have to be New Zealand. Besides its natural beauty, he was amazed with the generosity and hospitality the locals showed.
Erik Vrismo loves helping others so much that he has sponsored several children through the Child Fund International. Currently, he generously donates to help support seven different children. Through his selfless donation, those children are able to go to school, have clothes on their backs, a roof over their head, food to put in their bodies, have clean water to safely drink and receive the proper medical attention to keep them healthy.