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Hometown/State: Bear Grass, North Carolina
Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2007
Scholarship(s) Awarded: Dowdy Student Stores EC Scholars Award; Cliff and Ruth Moore EC Scholars Award
Major/Intended Major: English Education, Secondary
I love the feel of East Carolina feels like a small community of learners, but it has all the opportunities found at bigger universities.
My scholarship has enabled me to attend East Carolina University without worrying about how I will pay for books, travel, and other expenses including tuition. It has also allowed me to create a network of connections with professors and community leaders whom I never would have met otherwise.
I had the pleasure of completing a University Honors Project, where I conducted research with a professor. I also am involved with Planks, a group of undergraduate English Education students and professors who are currently conducting research to help improve 21st century research skills at a local rural high school.
At the university, I have had the opportunity to be a member of the Pirate Tutoring Center, tutoring my peers in 1000 level courses and establishing connections with freshman. I have been involved with Planks as a student co-captain, helping to guide sophomores and juniors in doing research. This year, I am presenting at the 2010 Think-In with a fellow student about using technology to develop leadership and team skills.
I am going to graduate in May 2011. I will then teach at a North Carolina high school for 4 years before returning to graduate school to achieve my masters degree in English Education. I hope to one day be a professor at East Carolina University in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, teaching others how to teach.
At East Carolina University I have had the opportunity to engage in multiple volunteer and service-learning projects. My sophomore year I volunteered at Lucille Gorham Center (the Little Willie Center) on Fifth Street, tutoring at-risk students. While there, I also conducted a Read to Succeed Book Donation (we collected over 200 books) for the library at the Center. My junior year I volunteered at Farmville Central High School, working with students in the school's AVID program. My freshman year I volunteered to help students at Belvoir Elementary, an elementary school with a growing Hispanic population. I also have volunteered at the Pirate Tutoring Center on campus for three years. Now, I am working with an organization called Planks to help a local rural high school improve 21st century research skills.