Briggs - Reagan

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EC Scholars Class of 2011

Reagan S. Briggs

Hometown/State: Fayetteville, North Carolina

Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2007

Scholarship(s) Awarded: Neil and Fred Webb EC Scholars Award

Major/Intended Major: Elementary Education

Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University?

The College of Education at ECU has a great reputation and offers a fantastic hands-on learning experience that cannot be found at other universities. ECU also has small class sizes compared to the other universities that I considered and the campus had such a community feel.

What has your scholarship enabled you to do?

This summer, I was able to apply my EC Scholar funds to a study abroad trip to London. I have also been able to concentrate solely on my classes instead of juggling school and work in order to pay for my tuition.

What special undergraduate research opportunities have you experienced at the university?

This year, I will begin research about child literacy as part of the Senior Honors Project that is offered through the EC Scholars Program. I will be working with a professor in the College of Education to investigate the best methods to encourage reading comprehension in elementary students.

What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?

As a member of the Elementary Education Club at ECU, I served as the Historian and Relay for Life captain during my junior year and was recently elected to be the President of the club during my senior year. I also served as an EC Scholar junior class representative and the Vice-President of the ECU Honors Council during my freshman year.

What are your career plans/aspirations?

Upon graduating from East Carolina University, I plan to obtain a teaching position in an elementary school in North Carolina.

How have you made a positive impact while you have been at East Carolina University?

I have made a positive impact through my volunteer work. I have spent my time at East Carolina as a volunteer in classrooms in the Pitt County School System, as a mentor for Communities in Schools of Pitt County, as a volunteer at the Humane Society of Eastern Carolina, and as a member of the Relay for Life team.