Students in Action

Veronika Slep

New York, NY

Veronika Slep
Major: Political Science
Tell us a little about yourself. What makes you a unique Eckerd student?

I am a politically active punk who you could call one of Barack Obama's biggest supporters. I love traveling and doing anything I can to help those in need. I've found through Eckerd I could make this a possibility by working for young children in Africa and Asia my freshmen and sophomore yea . One of my biggest dreams in life has been to work for a better future for people around the world who have nothing, and I feel like I've gotten a good start by the traveling Eckerd has so fortunately let me do.

I have a wide range love for screamo, ska, rap, and rock music. My music style influences my dress, hair, and makeup, but my focus on politics keep my head in the most mature fashion.

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

I find most Eckerd students to be artsy, easy going, extremely creative and smart, and overall caring. I know that the school itself is like a family, if someone is in need, whether you know them or not, a student, professor, or administrator is always there to help.

Why did you decide to attend EC?

I was first attracted to Eckerd when I heard that it was a liberal arts school, which to me meant it had a cool twist to the school versus a typical state college campus. The class size was smaller and I knew I would absorb more knowledge that way. This also would give me the opportunity to know my professors and have them know me too. These options lead me to believe Eckerd was the best possible learning environment for me.

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

Because of Eckerd I know I want to dedicate my life to service and helping others. My favorite thing about Eckerd has been the opportunity to travel abroad with other classmates who also want to do something to impact the lives of others. While going to Ethiopia, Rwanda, Thailand, Cambodia, and Burma through service learning trips, I found the joy and happiness you can channel within yourself and give to another person. I know through building a water tower in Ethiopia, painting a school in Rwanda, working with NGO's in Thailand, cleaning villages and teaching kids in Burma, and finally painting an orphanage in Cambodia that I can make a difference in the lives of others, if not "the" difference that they remember forever.

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

I knew I made the right choice coming to Eckerd when I finally got through the first semester of my freshmen year. My major was everything I wanted and more, and my mentor, Professor Brunello became my friend and someone I could come to with questions. I felt like I had a good support system and was so eager to continue learning at Eckerd!

How would you describe the academic environment at Eckerd?

Eckerd students are open minded individuals who come to class ready to work, discuss, and learn something new. The library is always in use and the students embrace their majors and minors, this defines them and I feel that most Eckerd students are very enthusiastic to tell someone about what they are learning.

What are some of your favorite things at Eckerd? (professor, organization, class, club, event, café meal, etc.)

One of the coolest offices on campus is the service learning office that puts on pot luck dinners, get togethers, and ways to get more involved in volunteer programs. If you need volunteer hours for a class or are looking for something to do, this is the office to go to! I also love the once a year concert that gets put on by the school. Eckerd chooses someone to take over the school for the night and let everyone have a good time.

What are you most looking forward to during your Eckerd education?

Finding out more about political history, international issues, and learning from new professors. I find in each class I learn something new and interesting that I may have never thought about before or studied. I look forward to continuing to meet more political science majors and working with students who care about the same subjects as me.

Using 5 words or less complete this sentence: Eckerd is…

a spectacularly adventurous fun education.

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