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Tyler Lane

New Port Richey, FL

Tyler Lane
Major: Computer Science
Minors: Philosophy and Theatre
Tell us a little about yourself. What makes you a unique Eckerd student?

I'm a computer science major, but I love art and philosophy, something uncommon for a field dominated by people who double major in math.

Why did you decide to attend EC?

When I visited the campus I talked to a lot of students that loved Eckerd and wanted me to go here. A few went out of their way to help show me around or tell me about the campus.

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

Eckerd's radio station was holding an event mid-day just because. They were blasting Zydeco music and giving out really cool t-shirts. The station's mascot is Henry the VIII so they had somebody dressed as him handing out turkey legs to kids as they went to class. It was pretty surreal.

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

I think above all, Eckerd has taught me the importance of a liberal arts education. All too often, people specialize in a certain field and they start believing their way of thinking is the only right way. And it's sad because a lot of ingenuity, openness to new ideas and progress is lost that way.

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

Everybody here is laid back and happy. Nobody's afraid to have their own style or worries about having to be a certain way to fit in. Students love adventure and care about their impact on the world, whether it be social or environmental.

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?

My autumn term was life changing and has set the stage for the rest of my time at Eckerd. I took a course on Buddhism and it was one of the most difficult classes I had ever taken, before or since then. The teacher was brilliant and challenged me to go beyond just reciting facts but really think about how what we're learning about applies to me as a person; something I realized no other teacher had really tried to get me to do before.

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

After I finished my Autumn term, I felt like had grown more in one month than I had in four years of high school!

What are some of your favorite things at Eckerd?

I love my dorm! I live in Beta Darwin, a pet dorm. Everybody on my floor is best friends with each other so there's always something going on or somebody to hang out with right outside my door. Plus there's a basset hound named Nubbles and a cat named Izzy that I get to hang out with, too!

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