|Eddie Small tunes up for an action-packed four years at Dickinson.
Running into Eddie Small ’10 on campus is pretty easy. Just look for a tall, lanky first-year student carrying a trombone case and sporting the T-shirt of one of his favorite classic rock bands, most likely The Who.
Small is new to Dickinson, but since arriving this fall from Sandy Hook, Conn., he has jumped feet first into the life of the campus. His academic life has started off strong. He especially likes political science, English and history, but feels he has plenty of time to settle on a major.
Small’s extracurricular life also is rich. He participates in The Jive Turkeys, Dickinson’s Ultimate Frisbee Club; he is a member of The Keystones, a service and social organization; he plays trumpet in the symphonic band; and he is a reporter for The Dickinsonian.
“I want to have a radio show, too, that is, if I have enough time,” he says. Most important, he finds time at the end of the day to “hang out with friends in my dorm. I like a good laugh.”
Small says finding the right balance is key. Though he came to Dickinson to study, he also realizes that he is here to have fun. “There are some things you have to take seriously—for me, that’s academics and music. But if you start to take
Humor, more than anything else, is what inspires Small, even in the classroom. He admires his first-year seminar professor, Associate Professor of Political Science Crispin Sartwell, who “is funny and really cares about what he teaches.”
Small’s seminar, The Idea of Freedom, is about “how different the concept of freedom is across the world and how its meaning is seemingly constantly changing. I like the way the class is structured. We have a lot of freedom with what we want to talk about”—no pun intended.
When making his college choice, Small explains that he decided on Dickinson because of “its commitment to global diversity. I thought that the idea of ‘Engage the World’ was just rhetoric,” he says. “But when I got here, I found out that it wasn’t; there is a student in the room next to me from China and one down the hall from Pakistan.” He adds that he plans to study abroad, though he does not know where yet.
Small’s Engage the World Fellowship, which provides $3,000 to support a special research or creative project, summer internship, community service or study abroad, will allow him to make the most of his “useful education.”
Small also benefits from a John Dickinson scholarship—$60,000 of tuition support for eight full-time semesters. It is the college’s most generous scholarship, reserved for students who possess an exemplary academic record and leadership skills.
“The scholarship and fellowship have made me feel wanted,” he says with a large smile. “They allow me more financial security. But, with or without them, Dickinson is a welcoming place. I’m comfortable here.”