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Shannon Bean

Apollo Beach, FL

Shannon Bean
Major: Neuroscience concentration designed from Biology and Psychology.
Tell us a little about yourself. What makes you a unique Eckerd student?

I think all Eckerd Students are unique. We all kind of march to the rhythm of our own drums, and believe me, there are a lot of different sounds. My route to Eckerd is a little different than most. I transferred a few months ago from an Honors Institute at a Community College and then created a specialized concentration in Neuroscience. So far, the transition has been exciting and smooth. I'm seeing a whole new world of possibilities.

What sorts of things are you interested in, and how do those relate to your decision to attend Eckerd?

I have a passion for Neuroscience, water, travel, mixed media, and being barefoot. The first day I introduced myself to Dr. Gerdeman (Neuroscientist), we ended up talking for over an hour about inhibitory feedback loops, current research, and research opportunities. Plus, Eckerd is sending ten students to Harvard Medical genetics labs for the summer - If I'm lucky, I'll get a spot in the neural plasticity lab - which would totally make my year! I picked Eckerd because I figured that since I was going to be taking some pretty intense and demanding classes I needed to go somewhere that also kept my nature-girl-adventurer side well fed - Eckerd fit the bill.

What are some of your favorite things about Eckerd?

Two Things: classes and random campus events. I get bored in class unless there is some kind of discussion going on. With super small classes, the courses naturally inspire discussion. There is always something going on around campus: midnight pancakes, sunset meditation on the beach, club meetings galore, toga parties, social justice dinners, s'mores on the waterfront - never a dull moment.

Who is a typical Eckerd student?

I don't think there is a "typical" Eckerd student, although there are a few commonalities. People here tend to be outdoorsy, healthy, motivated, and fun loving. Many have traveled the world. Those who haven't get lots of stories from everyone else about their travels. Most students are from somewhere else so you get a lot of flavor.

Do you have a "that's so Eckerd" moment, or a moment that is so unique that it could only happen at Eckerd? What is it?

The first week I was here, there was a bit of rain. All the guys from the house next door grabbed their skimboards and started skimboarding in the mud puddles, it was classic. Nothing stops Eckerd kids from having fun.

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