Hometown/State: Holly Springs, North Carolina
Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2007
Scholarship(s) Awarded: S.G. Wilkerson and Sons Inc. EC Scholars Award; Dowdy Student Stores EC Scholars Award
Major/Intended Major: Exercise Physiology
Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University?
I chose to attend East Carolina University because it was the closest university to my hometown that had both an Exercise Physiology program and a ballet instructor that I knew.
What has your scholarship enabled you to do?
My scholarship has enabled me to finance my college education and to take advantage of special seminar class opportunities during my freshman year that broadened my perspective on the world.
What special undergraduate research opportunities have you experienced at the university?
I have had the opportunity to participate in undergraduate research in the Biomechanics lab in the College of Health and Human Performance. I was invited by Dr. Tibor HortobÃ¡gyi to complete my independent study there after taking his Introduction to Biomechanics course. I have continued working in the lab for my Senior Honors thesis project.
What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?
At the beginning of my junior year, I became involved with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship when a new chapter was created. I attended training this past summer and I am currently co-leading a small Bible study group.
What are your career plans/aspirations?
While I had originally planned to pursue physical therapy, I reconsidered my career plans during my junior year, and now I plan to complete a Master's degree program in Public Health, with an emphasis on maternal and child health. I want to work to improve the health of mothers and young children, both in Africa and in low-income communities in the United States.
How have you made a positive impact while you have been at East Carolina University?
In addition to the volunteer opportunities at Belvoir Elementary School that the EC Scholars program provided to me during freshman year, I have also contributed to the university by tutoring college courses. I worked for one semester as a volunteer tutor for the Pirate Tutoring Center, and also tutor chemistry and organic chemistry privately.