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Mallory Akard

"Eckerd is the best place on earth."

Mallory Akard
Major: Political Science
Minor: History
Tell us a little about yourself.

I'm a sophomore who has been to Russia (the photo is me in the Kremlin Gardens) and London: all because of Eckerd! I participated in speech and debate in high school for all four years. I currently am an Ambassador and work at Rahall, which is our onsite presentation and public speaking center. I love going kayaking on the weekend with my friends, riding yellow bikes to class, sitting on the patio of the library studying, and going to the gym often.

Why did you decide to attend EC?

I decided to attend EC because of the welcoming environment, small class sizes, and professors' commitment to their students. All throughout the application and decision process I felt that EC valued me for my current accomplishments and future potential.

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

Going for a run around campus and passing students playing Frisbee on Kappa field with their dog.

How has Eckerd changed your life?

I have so many more opportunities to travel abroad and meet new people. I have learned so much because of the emphasis placed on meeting new people, gaining new experiences, and doing things on your own.

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

Most Eckerd students are carefree, thoughtful, motivated, and have a great degree of cultural awareness; in other words they are worldly.

When did you know you made the right choice coming to Eckerd?

I knew I made the right choice in coming to Eckerd after the completion of my Autumn Term class. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and felt right at home after becoming friends with most of the people in my class.

How would you describe the academic environment at Eckerd?

Eckerd might seem like a very laid back school, but most students are highly motivated and put a lot of effort into their work.

How do you describe the social scene at Eckerd?

Eckerd has a great social scene. I am always meeting people when going to class, the pool, the waterfront, or riding yellow bikes around campus.

What are some of your favorite things at Eckerd?

One of my favorite things about Eckerd is how everyone reaches out to each other. No matter what event or organization that you are a part of, you will always find people who are interested in the same things as you.

What is one thing you wish you would have known before coming to Eckerd?

I wish I would have known not to pack so many shoes. I had no idea that it was acceptable to walk around barefoot!

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