Just wanted to stop by and report that we had a fabulous visit to Eckerd yesterday! My DS was not initially overly enthusiastic, feeling that he wants to go OOS to school. But, he also understood that we needed a financial safety school for him, and as a FL resident who qualifies for BF, as well as some automatic merit at Eckerd, we HAD to take a look since he is not interested in a large public university. So essentially, Eckerd had to overcome some negative thoughts going in.
I’ll start with the ending and say that by the time he was finished with his meeting with the admissions counselor, Eckerd was no longer a “I’ll go if I don’t have anywhere else to go,” it is now a real contender on his list! We were very impressed with the vibe we got. The tour guide described the students there as being of the “I want to save the world” mindset. The setting is gorgeous of course, but I got the real feeling that the students were there to learn. They’re serious about their water activities, but I don’t mean sports, I mean research and service. The ability to go kayaking or join a scuba club is secondary.
My DD who just graduated from Wooster, went with us for the tour. She was equally impressed. I was prepared to hear from her how much better everything was at Wooster, but instead, she was more of the opinion that she would have been happy at Eckerd, because the vibe was similar.
I am curious that we were not taken in to see the library, and DD did point out that it looked quite small. With interlibrary loans, I’m not sure how much of a concern that really is, but it did seem at odds with what was said about the school. Anyone have thoughts about this? I think because we are close enough to make it fairly easy, we will try to have DS visit and sit in on a class when school is in session.
So today, I’ve been on CC seeing what other current thoughts are on Eckerd. There’s not much info about it in the past couple of years. But I’m a little bothered by the recent comments about it being a party school with lots of drugs. That would be a huge turnoff to DS. I’m not naive (he’s my third child heading for college!), but I don’t want to send him somewhere that he will have a hard time finding like-minded students. It’s not that he will want to stay in and study on Friday and Saturday, it’s that he will want to have friends who will hang out and have fun in other ways. How much work would that be??