I will be talking to Jake Browne, the Director of Admissions at Eckerd College and why it should make it into your college list. In this 35-minute discussion we cover some great topics any parent or prospective Eckerd student will want to hear. We will also offer some great tips and resources you can use to prepare for your college search and application process. As a bonus, Jake also has included his dog Hannah in the interview and showcases how pets are important at Eckerd too!
About Eckerd College
Eckerd College is a private university founded in 1960 located on Florida’s Gulf Coast close nestled on 188 acres along Boca Ciega Bay at the tip of St. Petersburg, a dynamic city of arts, culture and outdoor activities AND is one of forty colleges featured in the highly regarded guide Colleges That Change Lives.
Eckerd inspires and empowers individuals to improve the world through mastery of self and a lifetime of learning. Students are guided on a four-year journey of discovery, with small classes, professor-mentors and a commitment to community service.
Eckerd loves their spectacular mile-long waterfront and white-sand beach. Eckerd is an innovative liberal arts and sciences community where students are well-taught and well-loved.
Eckerd is Home to more than 1,700 undergraduate students. While 20% of students are from Florida, the school has students representing 48 states and 35 countries.
Eckerd offers over 40 undergraduate majors with over 370 different class offerings. Majors range from computer science, English, Economics, Political Science, Physics, Bio Chemistry, Mathematics, Music and Management. The four most popular majors by degree are Environmental Studies, Marine Science, Biology, and Psychology.
They also have programs for Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Law, Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Pre-Med, Engineering & Applied Science dual degree, and 3+3 Accelerated Florida State University Law.
The school has over a ninety-seven four-year graduation rate for students who maintain continuous enrollment, a staggeringly successful rate of graduation.
Eckerd students and professors contribute thousands of hours each year to non-profit groups in St. Petersburg. For example, more than 60 non-profit groups in St. Petersburg benefit from Eckerd students’ work each year.
Nearly 25% percent of Eckerd students study abroad each year through one of many flexible study abroad offerings supported by Eckerd whether it be during winter break, spring break, summer time, or a full semester. Countries such as Argentina, Australia, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Ireland, Japan, London – to name just a few.
“We combine study, travel, research and internships to prepare you for anything.” – Eckerd
In This Episode You Will Learn
- some strategic objectives of Eckerd College (one, three, five year goals as a college)
- advice to gain admission to Eckerd
- what it’s like to be a school in such an amazing location in FL with great year around weather
- what type of student is interested in Eckerd and does best
- popular features of the school
- things people may not know about Eckerd
- what a day in the life of Eckerd looks like
- how the Eckerd LinkedIn network is important
- the importance of mentorship at Eckerd
- internships at Eckerd
- planning for the what’s next after Eckerd undergraduate
A Day In The Life At Eckerd : Meghan, Kendall, Aya, Maria and James take you on a tour of the community, autumn term, hands-on learning, faculty mentoring and student life at Eckerd College. Shoes or no shoes. Published on Dec 16, 2014
Hired Graduate Podcast Transcript 1/30/17
Jason Hilliard: Hi welcome to this episode of The Hired Graduate podcast. I’m your host Jason Hilliard and today will be interviewing the director of admission at Eckerd College, Jake Browne. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule during your admissions time period. I’m sure you and your staff have been pretty busy.
Jake Browne: Absolutely. Thanks so much, happy to do this. Yeah, it’s a busy time of admission although I have to say it’s busy every time now.
Jason Hilliard: I bet it is. It’s almost a year round thing now.
Jake Browne: When I first started in admission about eleven or twelve years ago, you could be able to say well in the summertime there will be a little bit of a break. You can take a little breather, regroup and plan for the next year. But we’re seeing, as you go into the spring well into the summer that students are starting a college search, juniors are visiting, even sometimes sophomore are visiting so it’s pretty one-stop, year round.
Jason Hilliard: Right. Those are important events. I mean that college visit, when you’re looking at college that is one of the things talked about. You know, at some point you’re building your list of schools that you might be interested in but those schools that you really feel compelled to, kind of the school of thought is ‘you better go visit’. And so you better coordinate a college visit and show interest and find out. So yeah, I’m sure you do see a lot of those visits start to come through throughout the years.
Jake Browne: Absolutely.
Jason Hilliard: Well good. So regarding Eckerd College what would you say are some of your strategic objectives as a school right now? Your one year, three year, five year, what are you trying to do as a school overall?
Jake Browne: Yeah that’s a very very good question. And we actually just finalized and was approved with a new strategic plan for the institution as a whole. A major part of that strategic plan moving forward, not unlike a lot of other colleges and universities is working on continuing to promote and develop a truly diverse campus. And make sure that our students as well as our faculty and staff are as diverse as they can be. And while we have not yet started to really implement pieces of the strategic plan, there’s a number of pieces that go along with that, I’m actually really really happy that the first thing that we’re going to do is talk about what diversity actually means and define that on the Eckerd campus. Certainly I think we would be remiss not to include ethnic diversity and that becomes very very important in this day and age but also talking about diversity of thought; geographic diversity, socio economic diversity to truly make an overall global and diverse campus. That’s probably more in the five year.
One of the pieces that I look at and really we started this as I was hired as admission director in 2014, it’s how do we as an institution stabilize enrollment from a student’s perspective or family perspective. That’s not always not really what they’re thinking of. But especially in the Liberal Arts and Science market, there’s a lot of schools, there’s a lot of really great schools in areas where colleges are pretty heavily concentrated in the northeast, in New York, in Massachusetts particularly Liberal Arts and Science Colleges. The high school populations on the decline and so how do we make sure that we as an institution also stay current with the shifting demographics and shifting markets while also being sure that we retain who we are. And that is purely an undergraduate institution, it’s small, about 1800 students and highly residential. How do we do that in a pretty fast paced time.
Jason Hilliard: Sure. That’s great. I think that’s important and when I did the intro and research of Eckerd, you do have a lot of different states and countries represented. But the way you talked about diversity there’s different multiple levels of that. So that’s great to hear that you’re evaluating the socioeconomic and some of those different levels of access to the school and how you can reach students everywhere across those different spectrums. So that’s awesome.
Jake Browne: Right. And those students from different backgrounds, they want to come to a campus that’s supported. It’s too shallow to think ‘oh well we’ll just go into this territory in the United States or in this country, I will pick up some students and look we’re looking better on paper.’ But if those students aren’t supported on campus, they don’t have a good atmosphere and a good climate, you’re really not doing much of a service. So it’s really full-fledged three hundred sixty degree view.
Jason Hilliard: That’s a great point. I thank you for that because I think that makes a difference. So you have a student coming from somewhere but you want them to stay. You want them to feel included and a part of something neat. Because college is supposed to be that, I believe college is supposed to be an experience that when you look back on it, you’ll be so happy you did. And sometimes traveling to that college and being a certain distance from home and taking that risk can be such an overwhelmingly awesome thing for people to take that as confidence building and as discovery of self. I think those are some of the things about college that makes it neat. So that’s good. I think that’s a great feedback.
Now college is pretty competitive today. Many parents and students fear the college admissions process. What advice would you give to a high schooler today to help them gain admissions to Eckerd and what could they expect that their application process with Eckerd looks like?
Jake Browne: For us the application process is very personal. So we want to get to know the students. We have an admission staff of ten recruiters, myself included and even my boss the vice president of enrollment. We all stay on the ground and we want to have a really personal college admission process and get to know the students who are applying for admission to the college. So interview is certainly not required but we like to have those interviews with students. We will meet them in Starbucks across the country and college gyms or college fairs. Because at the end of the day, it’s not just about finding the school where you can win admission. The college admission process it is about finding schools that are good fits. And the one piece of advice that I could give a high school student going through to the college admission process, is to be self-reflective and to be honest with themselves. It’s not an easy thing to do it at sixteen or seventeen years old. Your perspectives will change but really spend the time to consider where you might be best served and not to spend so much time concerned about where all of your friends or your parents’ friends are gaining that admission. It’s time to be honest with yourself.
And like I said at the beginning, there’s thirty five hundred colleges and universities out there; that’s a great thing. The hard thing is you have to find the one, right. You can only go to one but that also means that there’s probably one out there for everybody.
Jason Hilliard: Right. I agree and I think people do get pretty hung up on the school. I would guess that it’s a every school, every city, every region of the country, those pockets of areas. There are the rumor mill going around the high school and those local schools or those local whatever is, there’s those buzz words school names that will be popping up in conversations. And I think that it’s important that people look at the entire landscape and to run in and find, as you build your schools, your colleges that you’d be interested in, why would Eckerd be a college that I would consider? And I think once you discover and find out more about Eckerd, you start to want to know more about it. And I think that’s part of the key, it’s discovering which college and where you would attend. It’s pretty important.
And there’s a flip side to that as well. I talk about that a lot especially when I go and hire new staff members and new admission counselors; we as colleges and universities need to do a better job of explaining what makes us different and unique. I hear all the time in college fairs and I don’t blame them. I think it’s hard but how do you differentiate yourself instead of saying the same old friendly campus community, good faculty, small classes. Well there, you have gone ahead and describe probably half, if not more than the thirty five hundred colleges and universities. So I think we as colleges need to do a better job of expressing to the families, what makes us different and what makes us unique to help them at the end of the day figure out is this a place that is for them? And is this a place where they’re going to do the most growth?
Jason Hilliard: Yeah it’s funny. It reminds me of professional athletes, they have the standby, you know, ‘we take it one game at a time.’ And they got to the fallback answers to questions. So I think you’re right and it kind of leads to the next point. I think it kind of hits right at it, where I found your website Eckerd states it’s not for everyone but we might be just the place for you. So talk a moment about what that means and what type of student is interested in Eckerd and does best at your school.
Jake Browne: Yeah. And that’s one of the reasons why I took the job at Eckerd was because I did see it as a place that is not for everybody. We’re not trying to sort of be something to everybody. But the students who are best served at places like Eckerd, the first adjective that always comes to mind is the word adventurous. You have to have a little bit of an adventurous spirit to come to Eckerd and I would say most of our students do. For example students on average are traveling a thousand miles from their home to come to our campus. That’s four to five times the national average of distance traveled. If you really look and say that most college bound students, they’re on average going to travel only about two hundred to two hundred fifty miles from their home. That’s a pretty good comfort zone. But certainly what I did when I was looking at colleges, I grew up in the Northeast and I went a hundred miles away and that was really comfortable for me. But I think it takes a special type of student to get on a plane and go three hours, four hours, sometimes even six hours or more from their home to a college campus to a completely different type of environment. We tend to see that Eckerd students are also the only one coming from their high school, they want a different type of experience than their own high school experience. It’s not necessarily because high school was bad for the student or they didn’t like it, they just want something new and something different. We’re not a place where you’re just going to go to because all your friends are going there. And you can go serve your local grocery store and wear the sweatshirt and everyone’s going to know about it.
And I think the adventurous thing plays out even when students are at Eckerd and when they want to study abroad.
The other piece that I think we do a pretty fine job of making sure students understand is when a student is considering going to college in Florida and let’s be honest, sometimes when you think of Florida you don’t immediately think traditional residential liberal arts and science college. But I think we’ve got a pretty great location. We sit right on the Gulf Coast like you mentioned, about a mile and a half of our campus is waterfront property. It’s beautiful. We’ve got hammocks and Beach and Palm trees. For the students who think that that means that spring break eternal, they’re also probably not going to be very good fit. That is one of the things that we’ve done very well as an institution, almost from the very beginning is to make sure the students understand that there’s a balance.
Yes you can enjoy this atmosphere, we want you to be on hammocks, we want you to go out into the water and we want you to paddle board and watch beautiful sunset but that needs to be balanced with a strong academic experience.
And so for our students, the ones to who do appreciate, who do understand and who meet that balance basically are the one’s best served. I wouldn’t say it’s for who only want to spend the time on the beach, it’s also not for the students who probably only want to spend their time in their rooms or classrooms or the labs.
Jason Hilliard: Yeah. So college academics first but ‘boy we’re here at a great location and we certainly could take advantage of it.’ And so I’m wondering, as I’m think out loud here, the discipline required, is there a certain level of discipline required for a student that has those amenities? I went to school and small town Nebraska, during winter it was easy for me to go to the library. I could stay warm that way and I was able to read. So if I’m at Eckerd, it’s a little nicer temperature I think. What’s your average annual temperatures? Like runs about seventy something year round…
Jake Browne: It wouldn’t be bad, we have three hundred sixty one days of sunshine on average per year.
Jason Hilliard: Yeah. That to me sounds awesome. But man, if I go back to being an eighteen year old again would I have had a hard time focusing. What do you say to that? What’s your experience? Is there some coaching you do to freshman to make sure that they do stay disciplined? Is there some level of introduction to the school and to that concept? Or do you know by the types of students you’re getting that hey we’ve got some serious academic students here and we don’t really have to worry about it? What kind of things to do there?
Jake Browne: Yeah it’s actually something that we’ve been doing for a very very long time, almost from the very beginning. In 1971, the College developed a 414 academic calendar and so we saw the benefit and there isn’t many colleges that do that. Now if you take your traditional core courses in the fall, you take your course of the traditional spring term but students every year are doing short term where they take one class for three weeks. It looks more traditional sophomore, junior, senior year where that student will take their short term in winter. We call it winter terms; so 414, fall, winter term spring. It looks a little bit different in a student’s first year and instead of 414, it looks more closely like 144. And our students, new students, first year students will come in three weeks prior to the traditional start of the academic year. It’s for what we call autumn term. Certainly August in Florida does not feel like autumn but for lack of a better word that’s what we came up with. And that where a student takes their first academic course, not a freshman experience course, it’s also not a general chem course or an intro to psych course; it’s interdisciplinary. That will offer about twenty five different themed courses a year, where we will place about twenty three or so students in that course. They take a class together with a faculty member. That faculty member who teaches the autumn term course also becomes their first faculty mentor. And so really for those three weeks, it’s a great way for students to be able to start to figure out what it takes to be successful academically. But of course we’re also supplementing and complementing your time with traditional orientation activity, getting to know the campus, doing some civic engagement community service work in the St Petersburg community during that time. It’s a good time for them to feel connected to the institution connected to St Petersburg, connected to each other. We’ve got some great traditional events where students do the Kon Tiki raft race, where they break into groups and see if they can have the best floatable device using only cardboard and scraps you find around.
Jason Hilliard: Sounds fun.
Jake Browne: So yeah, it is fun but it’s also serious. And so we’re able to introduce this concept of balance early on during the first three weeks and also while they are really focusing on one course. So by the time the three weeks are over, it’s our intention that our upper class students will move on to campus, new students will now have taken their first academic course, hopefully have gotten an A on it and now they’re ready to pick up four courses and really start the next chapter and start fall term.
Jason Hilliard: That sounds like a good way to transition into college because there’s a lot of unknown. There’s anxiety I think with a lot of students, there’s excitement but there’s also this mixed thing. Like you said, you might be the only one coming from your high school and so you’re going to be meeting new people, that’s fun and exciting. But sometimes it’s intimidating. But it sounds like the structure that you’ve got in that program that’s really neat way to transition into school and kind of get acclimated to the schedule and the class and to the environment and to some of the different people coming into your class freshman. And so that’s pretty neat. So good, thank you for that.
We could go a couple different ways or you can go a couple different ways with your answer because I’ll ask this a couple different ways; some popular features of your school and maybe if you had any, some tidbits or things that are not commonly known about your school, if you want to hit either of those.
Jake Browne: Yeah. So I would say we see a lot of students who are looking at Eckerd, interest in marine science. We have really arguably one of the strongest undergraduate marine science programs in the country. And we call it marine science because students will further concentrate that down into marine biology, marine chemistry, marine geoscience and marine geophysics. It’s what a lot of students and that’s how they are first get introduced to Eckerd. Probably about half of those students will end up continuing with a marine science degree. They’ll stay at Eckerd but for those students out there who are thinking Marine Science and this is not to disparage anyone who wants to do this but it’s not something with dolphins. As our faculty like to point out that that’s actually illegal, you can’t go out into the water and start swimming with dolphins. But it’s a pure science. Our students are out in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico in the summer, they are doing research on micro plastics in the water. We have a direct partnership now with the University of Havana in Cuba looking at the coral reef system around the island nation and tagging manatees. It’s really exciting stuff and hands on opportunities early on in a student undergraduate career field. So I would say for us Marine Science is really one of our claims to fame. It’s what we’re very well known for. I think we do it quite well.
Some other things that students may not realize about Eckerd, we’re probably the longest running and one of the most successful pet in residence programs in the country. So if there are students who want to go to college with their pet dog or a pet cat or pet lizard or duck, you name it we’ve seen it, there’s a place for you. And so, yeah – we’ve got our own dog park on campus, we’ve got themed housing. And so one of the most popular themes naturally is our animal friendly housing. And so before the student graduates at the end of four years, if they have their own pet with them, we have a pet commencement as well. We make sure that Spot or Fido, whomever, also graduates.
Jason Hilliard: They get their do. Well that’s great. That definitely was interesting and not common I will say. So any other tidbits, any popular features or unknown items that would be worth mentioning?
Jake Browne: Yeah. We do a lot through our waterfront complex. Our waterfront complex is certainly recreational. Our students can take out paddle boards and wake boards. It’s also academic where we have a number of research vessels.
The third piece which I also think is a dynamic experience for a lot of our students is that we do service to the greater St. Petersburg and Gulf Coast community. And for about thirty five years or so ago our waterfront is also home to ECSAR, Eckerd College Search and Rescue. So for those students who are looking for a type of leadership position on campus, maybe you want something a little bit different or they really like being on water, we train volunteer students. They go through a rigorous training, field work as well as written exams to become first responders on the water. And so our search and rescue team will respond to about six hundred distress calls in a given year. Things as mundane as a boat ran out of fuel to boat hitting a sandbar to sometimes more serious things where someone’s lost on the water and our students have to go and try to search for that individual and rescue them. But it’s a pretty unique leadership opportunity for students. And that’s the other reason why you go to college is to develop those leadership skills and be involved in things certainly academically but in addition to your academics.
Jason Hilliard: I agree. I think that that discovery in college through those activities and experiences in leadership teaches you your independence and your reliance on self and that’s confidence that you need to go out into the world. And that’s kind of ‘the what’s next after college’ is important. So that’s really good to hear. So I’m kind of guessing, I’ve got a great vision in my head but if you could just kind of paint for us a picture of what the day in the life of a student at Eckerd looks like? What kind of things, I have heard it referred to as the bench test, if I was to sit down on a bench on your campus and look around and just kind of observe the students, what am I seeing? What does that day look like?
Jake Browne: Well you’re going to see a lot of wheels on campus, I would say. It’s a 188 acre campus, you certainly don’t have shuttle busses that take students from one place to another but most of our students enjoy getting from one place to another by long board or skate board or one of our community yellow bikes. So you’ll see a lot of wheels in addition to a lot of bare feet and animal paws. In fact, one of the first editions of Warren Pope’s book caught us barefoot and brainy and I think that’s another piece that you would quickly find out is that students like a lot of things, they don’t necessarily always like wearing shoes. It’s part of that beach vibe. But you’re going to see them probably walking in groups going to class, doing the sort of typical morning or afternoon routine. And then you’re going to see students sort of picking up games on Kappa field which is right next to the beach, going to do lab work, doing independent studies or doing research with faculty members. And then being part of different clubs and organizations in the evenings.
You’ll see probably a lot of movement on campus being that ninety percent of our students live there between the classroom and the library and they’re home and then back somewhere else and then back to their room; sort of back and forth.
But I think what you would find, from what I get for most of our families visiting is that there’s a relaxed atmosphere where people genuinely seem happy to be there but it’s also relaxed. Maybe time moves a little bit slower, I don’t know, you know at Eckerd. But I don’t figure you’re necessarily going to feature the rigmarole of students fighting their way to get to class.
The other interesting thing about Eckerd and this would have to do with what you would see, we actually had very few interior hallways on campus. Most of our doors, most of our classrooms, most of our faculties offices, they face outside. And so our buildings are set up so everything faces outdoors and our sidewalk become hallways. So that’s a very very different atmosphere than a lot of colleges where you don’t know where anyone is, where everyone’s in that building, that building or that building and probably roaming the halls there. Our hallways are part of the landscape; so everything faces outside and faces outdoors.
Jason Hilliard: Yeah, that’s neat. That’s interesting. So we’ve gone through kind of the front side of college, getting in, what does it look like on the front side, how is the experience and that front part of the journey but in terms of thinking about what’s next and what’s going to happen after college. How does Eckerd kind of work with students to figure out what that next step is, whether it’s time to go get that job based on your major or it’s time to go into that professional school or the graduate school? So what kind of things are you doing as a school to help support those students?
Jake Browne: And it’s a partnership between we certainly have our career planning and implied learning office. And so career services will sit down with the student and talk to them about internships. We’ll introduce them to alumni, other friends of the college. LinkedIn, I didn’t realize how powerful a tool this is. And even for prospective students when they start asking about different outcomes for colleges and universities, I would encourage students to look at those education pages on LinkedIn where you could go ahead and say show me all the Eckerd alum in this region of the United States. Or what are the alums who majored in science or international business, what are they doing? And so we’ve really tried to harness that power and made sure that our students are aware and they’re front and center with their profile and engaging with other members of the extended Eckerd community. More often than not, you as an alum will update your LinkedIn page by your alma mater and make changes to your location or changes to your job. So I think from our perspective that that’s a good tool and it’s free to use.
But our career services office certainly works with the students on that side; resume writing skills, finding internships. But I’ll go back as I mentioned with autumn term, we have mentors here at the college. We don’t have an advising office. We don’t have faculty advisors. So once a student goes through autumn term and they’ve had that faculty member as their autumn term mentor, once the student declares what discipline they’d like to pursue, what their major is, their mentor will shift into a faculty member within that discipline. And for us you could say advisor-mentor, six of one – half a dozen of the other, but for us we take that mentoring relationship, that mentorship really personally. We place a lot of importance on that and students will say well I have one mentor and that’s what Eckerd advertises but I feel like I have six or seven people I could go to. But for us that mentor is there to also help guide the student. It’s typically a faculty member who has seen them in class, more often than just once or twice, had done research and may be presented at conferences with those students, has advised them on particular internships. So when that student is in their senior year, instead of a junior starting to wonder what’s their next step that mentor has been there the entire way. And that’s a relationship that does not end commencement. We hear from alumni quite frequently, that you get to a certain point your life, whether you’re two years out of Eckerd or ten years out or even more, you’re not like sure, do I take that job, do I not, do I go back to graduate school, what should I do? A lot times those alum are reaching back out to their Eckerd faculty mentor and asking for their opinions and asking for their advice.
On the faculty side, in order for a faculty member to get tenure at Eckerd, they certainly have to show commitment to teaching, show commitment to research but mentoring and service to the college are just as important. And so we make sure that faculty members who we employ also understand how vital that mentoring relationship is to everything that we do at the college.
Jason Hilliard: That’s great. I think that is very important and that mentor-mentee relationship is important. I think it’s powerful and it speaks to the story where I’m alum, I have graduated but I still reach back out. I mean if you’ve had that four year college experience and you’ve had that much time to build that relationship, I’m sure there’s a lot trust there and they know you as a person. So when you’re at those crossroads in life when you graduate from college, those early years in corporate America or in career are uncertain and you don’t necessarily know what that next thing is for me and that next pivot or that next job change. And having a mentor to be able to reach back out to and then to think about going back to your college mentor, I think is pretty powerful. That definitely speaks volumes to me. So that’s great to hear.
Jake Browne: Yeah. You know it’s exciting and I’ve been able to see it in full. I’ve taken faculty members on the road and we’ve done receptions and they talk to prospective students and usually before or after the event, they’re meeting for brunch or coffee. Or just to catch up with maybe some alums who are in those different cities and I can see that both sides appreciate it. The mentor really enjoys connecting and touching base, the mentee really appreciates it too and it’s a great relationship, it’s really powerful.
Jason Hilliard: That’s great. And I think your location in St Petersburg and you’re not that far from Tampa, are you seeing internship co-op opportunities from companies into local big cities around you? Is that where some of that internship co-op experience is happening?
Jake Browne: Sure is, yeah. And St. Petersburg is a fast growing part of the Tampa Bay metropolitan region and so the largest metropolitan region on this side of the state of Florida. And certainly we have a good history with investment firms, Franklin Templeton investment and a number of them. But we’re also seeing some of the smaller marketing companies, digital marketing companies, social media companies where students when they’re thinking about an internship they can get a lot of great experience especially when you talk about publicity, marketing, things like that which is happening a lot of the Tampa St Pete region.
I think in some ways it may not be as glossy of a name as doing an internship with HBO or your MTV networks or something like that. But sometimes, at those smaller firms that’s where you can really cut your teeth and you can get a lot of great experience and real true work and create an impact at those smaller firms.
Jason Hilliard: Yeah I’ll take those tangible experiences that are of impact over any big name for sure. And I think that that’s what it’s about, when you’re graded as an employee you’re graded, at the point that you’ve gotten beyond college or schooling it’s about your performance in your work or in your career and you’re then graded by your experience and what you bring. So I think we’ve got a certain amount of innate skills that we kind of carry with us as an individual. But then your collective experience through college and especially if it was a great one and you had great internship experiences, that’s huge when you go to do those first interviews for that ‘what’s next’. Whether it be that job or that professional school, based on whatever your goal might be as a career, as a path… what your path is. So I think that’s great.
We’ll close it down because I think we’ve taken a lot of your time. But one thing I liked was the statement that we combined study, travel, research and internships to prepare you for anything was something that I read at your site. And I think that speaks to some of what you’ve discussed today with us. So thanks very much Jake for taking the time. I do appreciate it.
How would you recommend students and parents interested in Eckerd find out more about your school?
Jake Browne: Yeah. I would say go right to our website www.Eckerd.edu You can go right to the admissions page. You can also go on social media, go to Facebook and check out Eckerd College. And maybe for more of the students and parents to go to Instagram we have a lot of student posts up there and you can get a real good sense of the Eckerd life but most important, come and visit and see us.
Jason Hilliard: Awesome, that great. Just look at Eckerd.edu, information about the school, academics admissions and aid, campus life, athletics. I see from an application perspective, you have an online application for your school. You also accept a common application and you support rolling admissions. You have an early action deadline, which we’re past that deadline. But you do rolling admissions from here, up until April were May first is the final decision deadline for students?
Jake Browne: Correct.
Jason Hilliard: Well Jake thank you very much for your time today. I learned a lot about Eckerd and it is one of the Colleges That Change Lives, featured in the very popular book written by Lauren Pope, one of forty schools in the country. It is definitely worth getting that book and reading the chapter on Eckerd College and also doing as much research as you can and coordinating a visit with the school. So Jake thank you very much and have a great rest of the day.
Jake Brown: Thanks so much, I appreciate it.