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Hailey Escobar

"Eckerd is not your average college experience."

Hailey Escobar
Major: Interdisciplinary Arts
Tell us a little about yourself. What makes you a unique Eckerd student?

I've lived in Florida all of my life. In fact, my parents lived not far from Eckerd until I was two. I'm an Interdisciplinary Arts major which means I'm combining several different art programs together into my own, custom major. In this case, it's Creative Writing, Theater, and Film because my dream is to write, direct, and produce for film and theater. Also, you can always find me running around campus because I love being involved in campus activities. Maybe a little too much.

Why did you decide to attend EC?

I decided for several reasons. I liked that it was close to home. I had a decent scholarship. I love the freedom and encouraging atmosphere that's provided for students. I liked that it was so easy to get involved and meet so many new and interesting people. It just felt right to me when I visited. Also, it's smaller than my high school which was something I really wanted in a college.

How has Eckerd changed your life?

I've only been at Eckerd for a year at this point and it's already had such a huge impact in my life. I'm much more involved and knowledgeable about the issues around the world. I learned so much about myself. I took Leadership and Self Discovery Practicum and got to experience so much. I'm opening up more to people and I'm just happier than I've ever been before. I feel like I'm becoming more of myself.

What are some traits or characteristics found in most Eckerd students?

Walking around campus barefoot. Most Eckerd students are very friendly, accepting, and open minded. I have found them to be passionate, concerned, caring, funny, and ready to take on the world. They stand up for what they believe in and are always open to new adventures. I'm happy to work with all of them.

The first year of college can have a profound affect on the other 3 years; what was the defining moment of your Autumn Term experience and/or first year at Eckerd?

There were a lot of moments, but if I would have to choose one, it would be participating in the Leadership and Self Discovery Practicum during Winter Term. I highly recommend it to any student who wants to learn more about themselves and what it means to be a leader. Go ask anyone who participated in the program and most of them will tell you that it was a wonderful experience. It meant a lot to me and I'll always treasure it.

How would you describe the academic environment at Eckerd?

I would describe it as an environment that encourages understanding and nurtures creative thinking. What I mean by that is that it's an environment where the professors encourage students to think outside the box and understand the world around them on a personal, empathetic level.

What are some of your favorite things at Eckerd?

Such a difficult question! There's so much that I love about Eckerd. I definitely love all of the opportunities to get involved. There's a club for just about everything and if there isn't, you can make one. I love Cafe theme nights and hope for more in the future. That's thanks to Palmetto Productions and ECOS who I also love. Also, you have to love the location. The sunset is fantastic.

What advice would you give incoming Freshmen?

Go to as many events as you can. Talk to everyone. Use Facebook. Remember an alarm clock. Try a class that's not in your major. Meet as many visiting speakers as possible. Take a walk around campus and get lost. Don't just party because there's more to life and college than that. Try some of the stranger pizzas. Get involved. Of all the classes and lectures you will have this next year, do NOT miss the Ellie Wiesel lecture or you will regret it. "Life isn't about finding yourself. Life's about creating yourself."– George Bernard Shaw."

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