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I graduated from Florida Presbyterian College, Eckerd, before it changed its name. |
The education was OK. For years I loved the college, wore my class ring, and told people it was where I got my real, basic education.
But over the years I became more and more disillusioned by the treatment I received as an alumnus. I tried to participate in the learning community I had thought was Eckerd, but the only questions the college had were: How much can you give? and Can you attract new students?
Finally, I applied for a job at Eckerd. It so happened that I applied for jobs at two other colleges at the same time. One was in South Carolina, one in New York, the other was Eckerd. I sent my applications off the same week.
In a week I got a call from South Carolina. The person said that they had received my application and would give me an answer in about two weeks. About that same time I got an email from the University in New York saying that they received my application and would reply in a couple weeks.
There was no word at all from Eckerd.
Two weeks later, I got a call from South Carolina informing me that they had decided to call someone else. I thanked them and said I fully understood. A couple days later I got a wonderful, personal, thoughtful letter from the New York University. It was so kind and affirming that, a couple years later, when I sold a piece of land, I gave 10% of the profit to that University.
Eckerd never said a word. I only found that I hadn?t been hired through an alumni letter. If I hadn?t been an alum I don?t think I would have been told anything.
Later my son, also an alum, applied for a job at Eckerd. When it seemed that he was in a position to do the school a favor, he was called in and nicely affirmed by the Academic Dean. When another person applied and was accepted to the job the Dean said ? absolutely nothing.
Overall my treatment, as an alum, was wholly bureaucratic and impersonal. My son?s treatment was insensitive to the point of cruelty. The education was adequate but the post-graduation treatment was a simple cost-benefit; ?what can you do for me??
|Aug 28 2012|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |
| I went to Eckerd as a freshman and transferring was the best decision I ever made. I just graduated from another college--I had a job all set up for me. For the past 2 years at this other school, I was required to spent at least 2000 hours interning and working in my field of choice in order to graduate, and that doesn't include the professional associations that I am now apart of, and the network I have built.|
And then I step back and take very, very serious consideration of the type of education I would have had at Eckerd. What an absolute joke! It blows my mind how, in the economy we are in, people are lining up for stuff like this. I paid at least a quarter for what it would have cost me to go to Eckerd WITH scholarship, than it did for me to go to a public university and get real world training. I have worked so hard towards building a resume before graduation and I STILL feel like I am behind!
If you are at Eckerd and you are not getting a degree in marine biology, you are in for a very rude awakening after graduation.
The school does not foster creativity, or open-mindedness. It especially does not foster personal or professional growth. At Eckerd, a person's value is based on whether or not you agree with certain liberal views. While I'm not a strict conservative, this really was off-putting to me. And I understand that there are drugs at every college, but at Eckerd it is not just present, it's encouraged. There really is no order there. The school I ended up transferring to had a lot of drugs too, but it was NOT encouraged the way it is at Eckerd. The result was a bigger school with less crime.Nothing wrong with not wanting a corporate job... hell, I'm not working a corporate job. I'm doing something that I love doing. But in order to get there, it required learning how to function at an adult level, and this is something that you will not get at Eckerd. I am currently working in Saint Petersburg with a few Eckerd graduates, and the lack of professionalism shows quite a bit. I hate to sound pretentious, but it's the truth. Save your pennies and go somewhere else. You won't regret it.
|Dec 18 2011|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2011 |
| Eckerd College was an interesting experience.|
Firstly, the Professors were amazing. They're really open to hear your opinion and are willing to work with you after hours to make sure that you are up to speed. Not to mention, in general, they seem like quality people who you wouldn't mind having a beer with. There are, of course, a few duds, but you'll find those anywhere. A cool thing about Eckerd is that you can push yourself as hard as you want. That competitive environment is fairly non-existent here, so it's up to you to make the most of your opportunity.
Secondly, the general atmosphere of the beach combined with some really close friends made my stay enjoyable for the most part. Even though ethnic diversity is somewhat lacking, there are many different types of personalities and most people (about 90%) are laid back and accepting. Going out on weekends to the beach (which is beautiful), having dorm parties, and going into the city for Saturday morning market provided me with some of my best memories. If your a tech-y or a person who really hates fake hippies (unfortunately, we have groups) then you probably should look elsewhere. Other than that, people are pretty cool and by the end of 4 years you know most everyone in your class. Whether your ultra religious, ultra-liberal, a jock, etc. etc. -- there's a place to fit in here. Also, I've known many of shy kids who really blossomed and broke out of their shells here.
Now for the negatives. I don't know if this is the case for all colleges, but there was a lot of busy work at times in a good portion of my classes. I didn't appreciate that too much because it was a lot of extra effort for no extra learning. A second negative was that their dorms (the traditional ones) were God awful. While they do admit-tingly create a sense of community, they are outdated and dirty on the whole. I heard that they are renovating them soon, which I'm jealous of because I had to suffer through colds due to the mold in the air conditioning ducts. The bay front dorm is cool, but you can't get into it unless you're an upperclassman. A third negative thing is alcohol and weed use, which some people would consider a positive. While drinking is fun and all, your body tends to hate you after year 3 of continuous partying. Unfortunately, there is little else to do on Friday and Saturday nights. Some fun epic nights, but too much for me. Now for advice time. If you wind of coming here, this is very important advice. 1.) As a freshman, make sure to take the Leadership and Self Discovery course, which is only offered to Freshmen during winter term. This is a great way to meet new people and feel connected to the college. 2.) Get involved with at least one sports club and some sort of service project. This way you can get your exercise some other way than the gym and you get to meet people in the community. This will make you feel good and also more connected. Maybe by senior year you'll be leading a service trip abroad (which many students do) during the spring term or you'll be a president of a sports club 3.) Check out internship opportunities via your Professors. This is important for getting a job after college. 4.) Make sure you pace yourself. Too much partying or too much work can make things unpleasant. 5.) Get off the cafe plan by year two if possible -- too much greasy food and not enough healthy alternatives. 6.) A step I never took - but I would recommend by Junior or Senior year to have an apartment off campus. The last year you're pretty tired of the campus. Make sure to have a solid group of friends though and a solid living situations before doing so. 7.)The Anthropology curriculum is hard, but rocks. 8.) Environmental Studies is fun too, but make sure you kind of take some science classes too - i made that mistake and kind of in limbo in terms of what to do in that field. 9.) Marine Science is for those who are serious ab school - this is the strongest program here and is pretty well known out in the real world. 10.) Don't date too soon. 11.) Be smart.
|Dec 01 2011|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |