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EC Scholars Class of 2011

Rachel Steeb

Hometown/State: Mooresville, North Carolina.

Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2007

Scholarship(s) Awarded: Dowdy Student Stores EC Scholars Award

Major/Intended Major: Nursing

Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University?

The second I stepped onto East Carolina University's campus, it was obvious I had found the right college for me. Everyone I met was extremely welcoming, and I had an overwhelming sense of belonging that I felt only at ECU. I chose this university not only because of all of the friendly faces but also for its prestigious College of Nursing, which has provided me with the best education in a field I have truly grown to love. For three years now, I have been pleased with all aspects of my time here at ECU, and I have had an incredible and unforgettable experience being an ECU pirate.

What has your scholarship enabled you to do?

My scholarship has provided me with enormous rewards and impacted so many different aspects of my life, and I am immensely grateful for that. It not only has allowed me the opportunity to receive one of the best nursing educations in North Carolina, but this scholarship has given me a college experience unique to only the scholarship recipients. I have made life-long friends from this group of amazing individuals, and many of my college experiences, such as my first visit to Washington, D.C., have stemmed from being a member of the EC Scholars. These in turn have made me in to the student, peer, and leader I am today.

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

As I head into my senior year, I am beginning my undergraduate research under the guidance of a professor from the College of Nursing. Even though I have only just begun the process of conducting undergraduate research, my preceptor is helping me every step of the way. I know there is much to learn in the coming year about research, but the knowledge I will gain and the experiences I will take away will make the effort extremely worthwhile.

What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?

The opportunities for leadership at ECU are endless, and as an EC Scholar, the possibilities are truly at your doorstep. During my freshman year, mentoring the students at Belvoir Elementary alongside my fellow EC Scholars was a great way to introduce us all in to the world of leadership. Currently, I am an Ambassador for the Honors College and during my junior year, I was a Relay for Life captain for the College of Nursing. Additionally, nursing school requires students to fill leadership roles on a daily basis in clinical and in classes, preparing us for life after graduation. With one more year to go, I hope to continue taking on leadership roles in the community and on campus.

What are your career plans/aspirations?

After I graduate with my Bachelors of Science in Nursing, I hope to move to a larger city, such as Raleigh or Charlotte, and work in an intensive care unit or the emergency department. After gaining a few years of experience as a registered nurse, I plan to return to graduate school for my masters in a more specific area of nursing. Traveling is also a passion of mine, and I hope to visit Europe after graduating in the spring of next year. As I think about life after college, I realize just how quickly my college years have flown by, and I urge everyone to enjoy and make the most of their years at ECU.

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

I believe some of the most important, positive impacts I have made while attending ECU have been in the form of community outreach. Volunteering is an extremely important aspect of my life, and through my involvement with various organizations on campus, I have been able to give my time and assistance to the Greenville community and beyond. Such things as being a part of St. Jude's letter writing campaign, volunteering at the Hope Lodge, and taking part in Relay for Life all positively impact someone's life. For me, giving back to the community is an essential part of being a student in addition to being an influential leader.

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