Emily Wright '09
Assistant Director of Admission
North Carolina, New Jersey - South, New York City and Long Island, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and West Virginia
There were a few things about Eckerd that really made it stand out for me during the college search process. I really wanted to live in a warm environment, and St. Petersburg was exactly what I needed; on beautiful days, we would host class discussions outside. The size of the school was definitely important to me, and with an average of 19 students in each class, it really creates a more intimate learning setting where you can get the help you need from your professors. I have even had dinner at the homes of a few of my professors! A good international program was important to me as well. With the desire to travel, I took advantage of Eckerd's top-ranking study abroad program and visited nine different countries as a student.
One of my personal favorite things about Eckerd is the Service Learning Office. They always have so many different events going on to increase your involvement in the community. From raising money and volunteering to week-long alternative spring break trips there is always something exciting happening! There are more than a dozen spring break trips each year traveling to teach children English in Peru, help the environment in Puerto Rico, build homes on a Native American reservation in Arizona, and numerous others that change annually.
Words of Advice
Take advantage of all the opportunities that are offered in college; this is a great way to meet new friends and try new things. Eckerd has a fantastic waterfront program so make sure to rent kayaks or go wakeboarding when you need a study break!
Explore your new hometown. With so many different museums in downtown St. Petersburg, make sure to journey off campus to check out the Salvador Dali Museum, the Holocaust Museum, and the brand new Chihuly Collection, all located less than 15 minutes from Eckerd.
Come with an open mind. There will be lots of events that you have never experienced and people from places you have never traveled to. Be ready to learn and try new things!
As a 2009 graduate from Eckerd College, I have lots of insight to what it is like being a student here. Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have about classes, campus life, or whatever may come to your mind.