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Michael Geibel

"Eckerd is the greatest learning environment ever."

Michael Geibel
Major: International Relations and Global Affairs
Minors: Journalism, Chinese
Tell us a little about yourself. What makes you a unique Eckerd student?

I am very active on campus. I am the Director of Public Relations for the Eckerd Rugby club, I'm also Sports Editor for The Current (student newspaper) and I'm also Director of Concerts for Palmetto Productions. I also have performed at stand-up comedy nights on campus this year. I am also spending a month in Nicaragua doing research on non-governmental organizations abroad this summer.

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

I find Eckerd students to be relaxed, easy-going, very welcoming, and generally very intelligent and grounded. We all enjoy having fun, but we know when to buckle down when needed.

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 defining moment of my freshman year was the first time people who I hadn't met before began to recognize me around campus for my work with the newspaper, playing on the rugby team and performing at Comedy Night. It is a great feeling to have people outside of your close friends recognize you for your actions or accomplishments.

How would you describe the academic environment at Eckerd?

Personal. I love the mentor system. It gives me a good sense that someone is interested in my education and that I am not left stranded by myself in the system. At other schools, I felt like just a number in the crowd. At Eckerd, I feel like a real person who gets personal attention from my mentor, my peers, and my professors. I feel like there is a genuine care and interest in each students' education shared by the faculty. They want us to succeed.

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

I found it quite amusing that my friends from back home who were on spring break at the same time that Eckerd was wanted to come visit me for their vacation. Finishing midterms and immediately going out to Kappa Field and South Beach or hopping on a paddleboard to meet up with friends and enjoy the weather is something that you just can't get at any other college.

Eckerd is recognized as a college That Changes Lives (book by Loren Pope). How has EC changed your life?

Eckerd has taught me so much about myself and what I want to do with my future studies and my career. I had no idea what path I wanted to take when I got to Eckerd and I quickly found what I wanted to do and have been working toward it ever since. The Eckerd community has provided me with great friends who will last a lifetime. I am completely confident that I will keep in touch with these people for years to come.

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