|Summer Writing Assignment
To encourage students to think about the connections between their lives and the lives of others, the summer writing assignment is to write an essay on issues addressed in Tracy Kidder's Strength in What Remains. Details on the assignment can be found here. All essays must be submitted by August 1.
If you prefer to purchase residence supplies such as bedding, towels, toiletries and desk supplies once you arrive, there will be plenty of time to do so. Some nearby options:
CVS/Pharmacy (.6 miles)
3501 54th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, 727-864-1546
Walmart (2.4 miles)
3501 34th Street South, St. Petersburg, 727-906-4647
Target (11.8 miles)
4450 Park Street North, St. Petersburg, 727-548-0400
Bed Bath & Beyond (8.2 miles)
Crosswind Center, 2060 66th Street North, St. Petersburg, 727-384-3131
Need a ride to the stores? Campus Activities will organize a shopping trip on Saturday, August 11, at 2 p.m. Meet in front of the mailboxes.
New Student Helpful Links
The First Semester...What Will I Need?
Summer Reading: Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder
Personal Property Insurance
Linen Program (sheets, towels, blankets, etc.)
An extensive list of accommodations can be found on the Eckerd College Web site: Hotel & Local Information.
Autumn Term Schedule for Families: The First Two Days!
Please find below a schedule of events for families. Students have a separate schedule of events during Autumn Term. Download the full schedule here.
Information Technology Services (ITS) staff will be available to help set up computers. Call 727-864-8318.
The Eckerd College Campus Bookstore will be open during the day on Friday and Saturday. Freshmen will need to buy books for Western Heritage in a Global Context (WHGC).
Friday, August 10
8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Check-in, Fox Hall
Mentor Meetings for ALL students and their families,
Ceremony of Lights, McArthur Gymnasium
Welcome Picnic for Families and Students,
Fox Hall & Hough Quad
Saturday, August 11
8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Good Morning Breakfast for Families, Fox Hall
Students DO NOT attend this breakfast. They will attend their first Autumn Term course.
Long Distance Parenting and Successful Power Shifting,
An interactive program focused on the inevitable shift in power that takes place when a son or daughter prepares to leave home...and then does.
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
International Students and Families, Fox Hall
All international students and families are invited to stop by and sign up for a visit with Olivier Debure, Director of International Student Programs. During this meeting, you will be able to ask questions about obtaining a driver's license, insurance, visa regulations, working on campus, or any other concerns.
Waterfront Open House, Eckerd College Waterfront
Typically, the Waterfront Open House is the final event that families attend during Autumn Term. It's time now for students to start to get to know one another and their new home!