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Barbara Del Castello

"Eckerd is beautifully exhilarating and well loved."

Barbara Del Castello
Major: Biology
Tell us a little about yourself. What makes you a unique Eckerd student?

Well, I'm kind of all over the place when it comes to what I do on campus. I might be a Biology Major, but that definitely isn't my only passion. I'm president of "Hat's Off!" the musical theatre club on campus, I was in last year's spring play "Dark Play, or Stories For Boys" and I'm a member of the Choir. I also work as a Graphic Designer with ECOS Public Relations. It keeps me busy, but I love every minute of it.

Why did you decide to attend EC?

I actually stumbled upon the page while on a search for schools that allowed non-theatre majors to audition for their plays. But, it was so much more than that when I found it. Almost like love at first site! Small, gorgeous campus, with the nicest people you will ever meet, from the Professors to the Staff to the Students, and new expansions in my major. The new building will seriously be my new home when it opens.

How has Eckerd changed your life?

Eckerd has opened my eyes to a lot of new cultures and ideas. Which, I know, is weird for a Science major to say, but it shouldn't be! I love that I can take all of my needed courses and take a playwriting course also. The world is so much bigger than just one major. Why limit yourself? I've learned here to dream big.

How would you describe the academic environment at Eckerd?

Rigorous, but exciting. I never get bored during class, it just never happens. The professors are enthusiastic about what they do, and they always try to related the work to current events, or real world applications. And if you don't understand something, they're always willing to meet with you and help.

How do you describe the social scene at Eckerd?

Never boring! There's always something going on somewhere. Whether it be Karaoke at The Pub or a slip-n-slide in front of the cafeteria.

What are some of your favorite things at Eckerd?

South Beach, "Hat's Off!" Club, a turkey melt with Swiss with a key lime parfait from the pub, the ECOS Public Relations staff, The Spring Fling Dance, the constant sunshine followed by intense thunderstorms, and all of the people.

What's the first thing you should do when you get on campus?

Join clubs! Go to school events! Try and meet as many people as possible! Do something silly! Host a movie night in your room with your house-mates! If you really put yourself out there, you won't regret it. I promise.

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