Caroline Weatherill '11
Arizona, Colorado, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington
Your New Home Away From Home
It's not always easy being away from home, but from the moment you step on campus, you'll find that you've become part of a new family. One of the things I loved most about being an Eckerd student is the strong sense of community. Everyone here, from your professors to your resident assistant, shows a genuine interest in helping you succeed and reaching your goals. From day one, you'll be assigned a mentor to help you along the way. In my case, I stayed with the same mentor all four years and picked up a couple unoffical mentors along the way. Professor Shapero not only guided me as to what classes I should take, he also helped me answer questions like what to do after college, where to study abroad, and even what new restaurant to try in the area.
Life on the Beach
It's pretty hard to find a location better than Eckerd! Being surrounded by water on three sides, Eckerd has definitely taken advantage with our waterfront boathouse and campus beach. There's plenty to do off campus, too. Watching the sunset on the beach in the neighborhood of Pass-a-Grille is a personal favorite of mine and there's always Ft. Desoto, which has been named America's best beach in recent years. When I'm tired of the beach (which is pretty rare!), I'll head downtown to eat at one of the numerous amazing restaurants, visit the Salvador Dali Museum, Chihuly collection, go to a Rays game at Tropicana Field, or take a stroll around the pier to watch the sailboats. St. Petersburg is also a great place to work and find amazing internships. During my four years, Eckerd's Career Resources Center helped me set up three great internships that allowed me to apply what I had learned in class to real life.
Is Eckerd "The One"?
I remember getting this question a lot my senior year of high school and never knowing how to answer it. Everyone always told me you just "know" when you've found the right school, but for me, I felt like I could be happy at a number of the many schools I visited. It wasn't until I met my Eckerd admission counselor that I knew Eckerd was special and might just be "the one." Take advantage of all the resources schools provide to learn as much as possible about each college you are considering. Take a look at our virtural online tour, let us know your contact info so we can keep you posted on the next time we are in your area, and if you can, come visit campus to take a tour as well as sit in on a class or have lunch with a student. All of us here in Admission are here to help, so let us know what we can do to make your college search easier!
Why Become a Snowbird at 18?
Why not?! College is an opportunity unlike any other to explore outside the bubble you know. So why not take advantage of the four years to meet new people and see a new area? This is the exact reason why I chose to go to Eckerd College. Born and raised in New Hampshire, I know that I would have enjoyed staying in New England for my college career, but I wanted to get out and see the world. I can now brag to my friends back home that I've tried grits, know what Chick-fil-a is, and remind them that I don't have to brush snow off my car every morning! Eckerd allowed me to see new places, try new things, and meet people with different backgrounds from all over the country, as well as around the world. As a result, I learned volumes about myself and the world around me.