Class of 2014
Major/Minor: Art/Business Management
- Peer Mentor
- Member of Women’s Varsity Lacrosse
My name is Carly Eisenbrandt and I will be a senior this year. Before coming to WAC, I spent my first fall semester of college at High Point University. During high school, I really was not interested in the stressful search for college and my priority was lacrosse. Originally, I wanted a small school, but at the same time, I wanted to play Division I lacrosse. With the luring incentives to attend a school that provided a high level of lacrosse along with the ease of committing the summer going into my senior year, I decided High Point was the place for me. That fall semester I learned a lot about myself. I found myself consumed with lacrosse with no time for any school involvement. I wanted to focus more on my academics but also wanted a competitive college sport. School involvement has always been important to me. With lacrosse, I was unable to get involved as much as I wanted. At the same time, I knew if I quit my sport, I would no longer enjoy any part of High Point.
Transferring seemed like such a hard decision to make, but when I realized how unhappy I was, I knew that it was time to branch out and look at other schools. So when winter break came to an end, I decided to revisit the Eastern Shore. Needless to say, I fell back in love with this school. I already had a connection to the school (my brother graduated from WAC), and walking on campus gave me an instant feeling of being home. There is a sense of community, not only with the students, but also with the faculty members. I knew with a smaller school, I would be able to really focus on my academics and make great relationships with my professors. I also would be able to become involved on campus in addition to participating in a competitive sport. When I arrived to campus for the spring semester not only my lacrosse team but also everyone on campus welcomed me. One of the greatest characteristics of WAC is our small size. The students are your friends and your family. It allows you to find your closest friends but also allows you to meet and get to know so many different people on campus. The most challenging part of transferring is the fear of finding friends so late in the game. The students at WAC are so welcoming and always looking for new friends. I was astonished by how nice people were when I first started school. The best thing about it is that you have the opportunity to get involved with clubs, sports, or any other activities. They all lead you to new friendships and new discoveries about yourself. My biggest advice would be to not be afraid to put yourself out there. Don’t be afraid to get involved right off the bat and to socialize.
I started just as a member of the Women’s Lacrosse team my freshman year. By sophomore year, I became a Peer Mentor and a member of the Student Affairs Committee. I started as a business major, but through lectures and other activities, I changed my major to art and kept business as a minor. Having these diverse extracurricular activities allows you to find out what you want to study and brings personal growth into your life, just as it did for mine. Like I said before, my biggest advice to every student is to get involved! It is so incredibly easy at Washington College. Taking the risk and transferring to Washington College was one of the best decisions I made in my life. If I hadn’t made that crazy decision to transfer, I would not be where I am today!
Q & A
Hometown: Towson, MD
High School: Towson High School
Favorite place to eat in Chestertown: My favorite place to eat is Play It Again Sam’s. It is a small cafe with amazing sandwiches. Every now and then it’s nice to take a break from the dining hall to get lunch at Sam’s. I recommend the BLT with avocado!
Favorite Vacation spot: My favorite summer vacation spot is Bethany Beach. I love relaxing in the sun watching the ocean with family and friends.
Favorite WAC tradition: War on the Shore is my favorite WAC tradition. It is so much fun to show off some Shoremen pride against Salisbury, our eastern shore rivals.