Sampson - Malissa

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EC Scholars Class of 2011

Malissa Sampson

Hometown/State: Goldsboro, North Carolina

Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2007

Scholarship(s) Awarded: Grace Dail Smith EC Scholars Award

Major/Intended Major: Nursing

Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University?

I knew that ECU had an excellent College of Nursing, the best in the state! My parents attended ECU and it was already beginning to feel like home. When I received the EC Scholars Award, I knew it was my destiny to be a Pirate!

What has your scholarship enabled you to do?

Receiving the EC Scholars award has enabled me to focus more on my school work rather than worry about financial aid.

I am currently planning my senior research project with an ECU faculty member.

What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?

I have studied abroad in Guatemala with the College of Nursing to learn Spanish and help run a village's clinic. The ECU College of Nursing also sent me as a representative to the 2009 Faces of a Healthy Future: Eliminating Health Disparities Conference where I listened to keynote speakers regarding how we can eliminate health disparities in the Unites States. I participate in organizations on campus such as the Eta Mu Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc and ECU's Gospel Choir where I hold positions on the executive boards. I have also had the experience of being a Resident Advisor in one of the residential halls on campus.

What are your career plans/aspirations?

Following graduation, I will become a registered nurse and work in the field before receiving my post-graduate degree. I haven't narrowed my interests to what field of study I will pursue, but I am excited about my future in health care!

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

My positive impact at ECU is most evident in my everyday interaction with my fellow Pirates and the community. From volunteering with the organizations that I am a part of, to the smiles that I exchange with my peers as I walk by, I strive to make sure that I make a difference in someone's day!