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Rachel Albright

Boulder, CO

Rachel Albright
Majors: Political Science and International Relations and Global Affairs
Minor: Spanish
Why did you decide to attend EC?

The first time I visited Eckerd it felt like home. I was immediately drawn to the sense of community, the friendly people and the beauty all around me. Everything felt like it fit me, and I knew Eckerd was the place where I wanted to spend the next four years of my life. I wanted a place where I could really get involved, that provided me with opportunities to travel, and a place where I was more than just a number. I’ve found all of those things here at Eckerd.

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

I took a course called Ancient Chinese Wisdom at a Glimpse for Autumn term, and one of the things we studied was Tai Chi. Everyday our entire class would go out to the courtyard in the center of campus and do Tai Chi in unison. Everyday more and more people would stop and watch us. Other professors would bring their classes out as we did our morning salutation and eventually we had our own little Tai Chi community. To this day if I bring up that class, someone will mention how they would see us every morning and wish they were doing Tai Chi as well. Only at Eckerd do you leave the classroom to do Tai Chi outside.

Describe a typical school day at Eckerd.

For me a typical school day consists of going to class in the morning, kayaking, playing beach volleyball or Frisbee after lunch, doing homework or reading in the library, riding a yellow bike, getting dinner at the pub, watching the sunset on south beach and going back to the library.

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

Eckerd students are very friendly and laid back. Many of them are very artsy or musical and like to spend a lot of time outdoors. They are free spirited and passionate about what they do.

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

Eckerd has provided me with countless opportunities to travel and get involved with the community both here and abroad. As a freshman I did a Spring Break service trip to Panama where I got to work with orphans and speak Spanish, two things I am very passionate about. The experiences I have had thus far at Eckerd have greatly shaped the way I think about things, my actions, and continue to help me grow as a person. Eckerd has an incredible amount of resources that have guided me towards my educational and personal goals. I have been able to truly make my education what I want it to be here at Eckerd.

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

I really knew I made the right choice spring semester of my freshman year. I had always thought Eckerd was a great fit for me and had always loved it, but it was when I really started reflecting on my first year that I knew I had absolutely made the right choice. As a freshman I was able to go abroad on a service trip, I was a student ambassador, I was given so many opportunities to get involved both at Eckerd and in the community, and I had met the most amazing people. I wake up every morning and have to smile about my decision to come to Eckerd. I absolutely love it here. I love the people, the community I love everything Eckerd. It's the best feeling in the world when you can wake up everyday and still feel the magic in a place. For me, I get that feeling every time I walk around this campus.

What are some of your favorite things at Eckerd?

My Favorite thing about Eckerd is that there is always something to do on campus. Campus is never deserted on the weekends, there is literally something to do every day. I love how free-spirited the community is, and how lively Kappa Field becomes when it is warm out.

Using 5 words or less complete this sentence: Eckerd is:
a home away from home.

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