Alumni in Action
Institute of Marine Sciences (IFM-GEOMAR) Intern
Class of 2004
Major: Marine Science
Where are you now and what are you doing?
Currently, I write this from my desk in Germany where I am working an internship with IFM-GEOMAR (Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences at Kiel University) and SERC (Smithsonian Environmental Research Center).
If you are employed, what does your job entail and how has your Eckerd experience impacted your career?
I initially received an internship with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center while still at Eckerd. The next year, I went up to work with them as an intern. Following graduation from Eckerd, I was offered a job that has literally taken me around the world. Even now, those initial contacts are providing awesome opportunities overseas and potential job options post graduate school.
What makes Eckerd so special or why does it stand out to you as a great college? What does it mean to you now that you have been away for awhile?
I'm currently pursuing my Master of Science in Oceanography and Coastal Studies at Louisiana State University. Seeing the experience at a state school, I know Eckerd really takes care of the undergraduates coming in. Education is also quite rigorous at Eckerd because they expect more from you than other schools. I feel my classes at Eckerd best prepared me for further educational pursuits.
Describe some of the people who had a profound impact on your Eckerd experience.
I still remember every professor I had for class at Eckerd. No matter the subject, they cared about the students learning and being involved in learning. Members of ASPEC who sat in our classes or who I met through outside activities(orchestra) also made an impact by encouraging our endeavors and the lifelong learning.
What activities were you involved in while at Eckerd and did they influence what you are involved in now?
Thanks to the Swing club, I can go out dancing with most anyone! Orchestra played a huge role in my life, and I try to continue to be involved in music at a community level. Working with the Women's Resource Center, I dealt with women at various stages in their lives who faced similar problems or discrimination and tried to teach the community about respect and awareness for our fellows.
Why did you choose Eckerd? What advice would you give students who are considering Eckerd?
I chose Eckerd because I could have everything I did in high school continue to be part of my life. The hardest thing for me when looking at a public school or another institution was lack of outside activities or being able to participate in classes outside the (science) curriculum. I could play in orchestra. I could be involved with women's issues. The curriculum is also slightly more rigorous than other schools, which I saw once I reached graduate school.
What else should we know about you or what else would you like to share with us?
I remain in contact with many of my Eckerd friends. Oddly enough, I have met a few through grad school and though we were years apart, we knew we had a special education.
Using 5 words or less complete this sentence: Eckerd is…
overachievers on the beach.