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Liz Renihan

Fairhope, AL

Liz Renihan
Major: Literature
Minor: French
Tell us a little about yourself. What makes you a unique Eckerd student?

I am a 20-year-old junior. I'm a Resident Advisor, a member (next year captain) of the Ethics Bowl Team, a Writing Center Tutor, and a Ford Scholar. This semester, I'm studying in London as part of the Eckerd study abroad program. This summer I'll be on campus doing research for my Ford Scholar project as well as working as a summer RA.

Why did you decide to attend EC?

I came to Eckerd because of the incredible experiences I could have here. I've done research with faculty members; traveled to London for a semester; spent a week doing community service in Immokalee, Florida; and participated in the National Ethics Bowl Championships. And the great thing about Eckerd, the defining thing, is that Eckerd helps to make all of these things possible. Anything you want to do, they'll help you do it.

Do you have a "that's so Eckerd" moment? What is it?

One night I was in the common room in my dorm hanging out with friends, and two guys I knew were playing ping-pong. A third guy was sitting on the couch shouting out questions and the two playing were answering them. It took me about five minutes to realize they were studying for a WHGC final. Apparently, their professor had told them the best way to practice information recall was to memorize things while moving, so they decided to play ping-pong. I saw them later that week, they had all passed.

What are some traits or characteristics you find in most Eckerd students?

I think that Eckerd students are a very quirky bunch. Everyone has a great story of something they've done or somewhere they've been, and no one is ever really what you'd expect them to be.

Where is the best place to hang out on campus?

The pub is always a good bet. And personally, I love spending time in my friends' dorm rooms. Eckerd really lets you put your personal touch on the dorms, so they never feel institutional. And they're also surprisingly roomy.

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 freshman year?

The second semester of my freshman year I took a 300-level class called Literature After Auschwitz. Halfway through the semester I was struggling with the upper-level work. I went in to see my professor and told him what was going on. I expected a brush-off (my brother went to a state school, and told me I wouldn't get help from professors) so I was surprised when my professor sat with me for almost a half hour, discussing my work and how I could improve. It was the first time I personally experienced how much professors at Eckerd care about their students. Since then I've never been afraid to go ask for help and I've never, ever, been turned away or given the brush-off.

What are some of your favorite things about Eckerd?

I really love the classes in the fitness center, they're taught by students and they're a lot of fun. I also like the hammocks on the beach, and the Improv group (Another Man's Trash).

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

better than sliced bread.

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