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Phoebe McGuire

Boulder, CO

Phoebe McGuire
Major: Human Development (International Concentration)
Minor: Spanish
Tell us a little about yourself. What makes you a unique Eckerd student?

Hi! I am a sophomore at Eckerd College. I love to travel, I love to sing, I love to dance, and I love dolphins! I studied abroad in high school in South America and I love Eckerd because of all the travel opportunities it has. Just this year I have been to Immokalee, Florida, the Arizona - Mexico boarder, Georgia, Malawi, Africa, and Panama. I am also going to New Orleans with the choir this year. The great thing is all of these trips have been through Eckerd! I think that is pretty incredible. Learning and experiencing other cultures is something I am passionate about, and Eckerd allows me to live this passion. I feel so grateful for this.

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

Eckerd College has allowed me to see so much more of the world. As I said above, Eckerd has given me so many opportunities to travel, which is what I love to do. The professors and the people have also changed my life. Eckerd attracts a certain type of person, and I have made some great friends out of them. Everyone is so laid back and really true to themselves. The feeling on campus is indescribable, something I noticed the first day I visited. Also, my mentor has been someone who has really changed my life. She has provided me with many opportunities to travel (three of my trips this year were with her), but also she is always available. If I ever need to talk, or just stop in and say hi, I can always count on her. I feel so grateful to have her in my life.

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

Eckerd students are happy. No one is walking around super up tight. Everyone is pretty easy going. And everyone has their own unique style, and they are not judged for expressing it. The students at Eckerd are very free and beautiful people.

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

A couple of weekends ago I was in the library on a Sunday doing my homework. I decided to take a little break, so I walked out to Kappa field which is a huge green field right by south beach. I could hear everyone before I got there. It was like a music festival or something. Everyone was hanging out, playing frisbee, blasting music, running around with their dogs, and even studying! It was the kind of experience I could never imagine happening at any other school.

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?

Autumn Term is one of the best things Eckerd has to offer. It was the most amazing start to a great first year. I was fortunate enough to take my first choice class during Autumn Term, Children's Issues in the Global Community, with my mentor. It was such a great class and I really learned a lot. The entire three weeks really set the stage for my time at Eckerd.

How do you describe the social scene at Eckerd?

The social scene at Eckerd is different because it is not so cliquey. Of course people have their groups they hang out in, but everyone is very welcoming. If I am just in the caf by myself, there are always so many tables to choose from, filled with people I can just sit down with and feel comfortable. There are also so many things to do on campus. It seems like every weekend there is a different campus sponsored activity being put on. And it is great, because we are always informed about them through the flush (the one page campus activities newspaper put up in the bathroom stalls)!

What are some of your favorite things about Eckerd?

I love the beach on campus. I love Kappa Field. I love ECHO (Eckerd College Homeless Outreach), where we go and hand out food to the homeless of St. Petersburg. I love being a Resident Advisor; my boss is awesome! I love my dorm. I love the open door policy with all of my professors, and their availability. I love how the students aren't just a number. I love the yellow bikes. I love that pets are allowed. I love the travel opportunities. I love the people I have met here. I love a lot about Eckerd College, and I am happy to call it home.

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