College: Eckerd College
In Florida, it’s hard to believe that everyone doesn’t either go to UCF, UF, FSU, or UM for their university experience. It seems like every store only sells merchandise related to these schools and no others. For Nicole, it was hard to believe that any other schools existed!
Yet, private colleges in Florida can be just as great as one of the more popular schools depending on the major you’re looking for. For Nicole, she wanted to focus on Marine Science and Marine Psychology. The best program for this would be found in a school near Tampa that she hadn’t yet heard of or even thought about.
Nicole, like many other students, was dead set on a different school before her parents insisted that she take a look at Eckerd College. Eckerd had the best program for Marine Science, which Nicole found intriguing. She was reluctant (to say the least) to even tour Eckerd when the time came. But, she was certainly glad she did. She fell in love with Eckerd, and the rest was history.
So, how did Nicole get into Eckerd? Well, Nicole had an interesting resume. She started off high school doing concert band and marching band and pursued this all four years. She noted that dedication was key to her because it would show commitment in her college resume. Furthermore, Nicole balanced this with cheerleading. She wasn’t able to do Varsity cheerleading because of the time conflicts with her marching band. She recalls having to jump across the bleachers in her cheer uniform during football games down onto the field during halftime to perform a marching band show while everyone else was in their marching band uniforms just so she could do both. Yet, to her, it was all worth it.
As for the SAT, Nicole admits that she didn’t study as hard as she wanted to for the test. She used a few study books but didn’t emphasize the test enough because she didn’t know how to study for the test. She felt that her experience in high school didn’t allow her to develop a good study method. Nicole recommends that students don’t slack off their first year of high school and begin working hard towards standardized testing as early as possible. She also notes that not taking freshman year seriously can cause one’s GPA to tank and that a GPA regrettably doesn’t go up as easy as it goes down.