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Elisabeth Weigel

Aquatics Director, Blue Hill Boys and Girls Club

Elisabeth Weigel
Class of 2011
Major: Psychology
Minor: Visual Arts
Where are you now and what are you doing?

I currently live outside Boston, and work with inner city children at the Blue Hill Boys and Girls Club, part of the Boys and Girls Club of Boston.

What does your job entail and how has your Eckerd experience impacted your career?

I created all the pool programming in 2009, and my assistants, Kyla and Rochelle, and I founded the swim team in the Fall of 2010.

Currently I have a club wide initiative that every child in the club learns how to swim, which we are working slowly toward. There are certain kids who have been working incredibly hard at it, and it is awesome when they pass the swim test. We put their photo on the wall of our "Deep Enders", which was named by some of our 6-7's last year.

The other big program is our Bearcat Swim Team, currently wrapping up our third season. Talk about coming a long way from a rag-tag group who couldn't dive. They actually visited Eckerd during our first trip to the Boys and Girls Club National Swim Meet, which is held in St. Pete, at Northshore Pool. It has been a pleasure coaching these kiddos and watching their skills develop to the point where they can hang with the best in the league.

What unique or special opportunities did your Eckerd education provide and how have they impacted your life?

The ability to travel abroad was amazing. I traveled to Ecuador and the Galpagos Islands, and Madagascar, and really wish I would have spent a semester abroad. There were so many unique destinations to travel to. It kicked off my desire to go everywhere, and to encourage other people to take advantage of the world out there.

Describe some of your best memories or favorite traditions from your time at Eckerd.

I remember lying on the bow of the ship, in the Galapagos Islands, looking up at the sky, and thinking that I had never seen so many stars and pondering what I really wanted out of life.

What activities were you involved in while at Eckerd and did they influence what you are involved in now?

I was on EC-SAR and founded the swim team. So it was fun when I brought my swim team kiddos to campus, when we were down for National's in 2011. They were able to take a tour of the waterfront as part of our Educational Travel Grant.

Why did you choose Eckerd? What advice would you give students who are considering Eckerd?

After 18 years of winter in the Northeast, I knew that I wanted to go someplace warm. When I visited Eckerd, I liked the open vibe, the general feel of the campus, and the programs it offered.

Using 5 words or less complete this sentence: Eckerd is…

a fantastic adventure!

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