Hometown/State: Morehead City, North Carolina
Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2008
Scholarship(s) Awarded: Christine G. and James H. Smith, Jr. EC Scholars Award; Dowdy Student Stores EC Scholars Award
Major/Intended Major: Neuroscience
Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University?
East Carolina University was a school I did not consider seriously until I heard about the EC Scholars Program and the excellent medical school associated with ECU. As a large university with many different departments, ECU had the advantage of allowing my interests to flourish. I knew that at ECU, there would always be the opportunity to switch majors, and ECU would cater to my interests in diverse subjects. I knew that ECU would be a place where I could flourish and explore many different academic areas.
What has your scholarship enabled you to do?
The EC Scholars funds awarded to me have allowed me to truly focus on my academics and the college experience rather than having to worry about how to pay for my next tuition bill. Because I have not been worried about money throughout my college career here, I have been able to participate in extracurricular activities that I may not have explored if I had been tied to multiple jobs.
What special undergraduate research opportunities have you experienced at the university?
This year I hope to begin a project investigating cognitive rehabilitation as a method to alleviate attention and memory deficits found in some survivors of childhood cancer.
What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?
Last year I served as treasurer of ECU's National Society of Collegiate Scholars chapter. This year I am excited to begin my new position as executive vice president of this organization. I have also been privileged to serve as a Chemistry Tutor at the Pirate Tutoring Center. In addition, I have been helping students with their class papers for the past year at the University Writing Center. I loved serving as a general Chemistry undergraduate teaching assistant last semester. These leadership opportunities have allowed me to grow as a person and learn important leadership skills such as professionalism, responsibility, and patience.
What are your career plans/aspirations?
After graduating from college with a BS in Neuroscience, I hope to pursue a masters degree in a related field and eventually attend medical school.
How have you made a positive impact while you have been at East Carolina University?
East Carolina University has given me so much during my time here, so I have tried to give back to the university by contributing to ongoing research at the university, tutoring students who need help in Chemistry and writing, and engaging in community volunteer activities such as ECU Reads, a program that pairs college students with elementary school children who need extra help in reading.