Hometown/State: Clyde, NC
Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2009
Scholarship(s) Awarded: Dowdy Student Stores EC Scholars Award
Major/Intended Major: Political Science
Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University?
I visited many different schools that I was accepted to. Yet the only school I was sincerely welcomed to, and honestly liked, was ECU. The campus was attractive and everyone I talked to was kind and welcoming. One of the Political Science professors even took time out of his busy day to help fix my class schedule. After I visited East Carolina for the first time I knew it was where I wanted to go. Nothing else compared.
What has your scholarship enabled you to do?
Simply put, this scholarship has allowed me to pursue my dreams and expand my education. Without it, I would not have been able to attend college. I've met new and diverse people and, already, within the first year of school, I feel like I have learned more interesting and useful information than I had in all my years of secondary school. I could not ask for more. And for that I am thankful beyond belief.
What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?
It seems like every day offers a new opportunity for leadership at ECU. From small things such as choosing a time to eat with a group of friends, or stepping up as the leader for an important history project, opportunities are abundant. I even attended a leadership seminar that explained simple ways to be a better leader and listener. I am currently a Resident Advisor (RA) for the university, which means I have the responsibility of watching out for all of the students on a dorm hall. Being an RA is a unique leadership opportunity that ECU has enabled me to have.
What are your career plans/aspirations?
Ideally, I would like to work for the government. Not in the world of politics, but in the CIA. I would like to travel to Israel and learn Arabic. But in the end, I just want to help others. Working for a better world, that's my ultimate goal. .
How have you made a positive impact while you have been at East Carolina University?
Since I've been at the university I have met a lot of people. A group got together and visited and helped at a nearby preschool. We created several different games for the children to play at their Halloween "carnival." It ended up being a lot of fun and the kids really did enjoy the games and the small prizes that they won. That day my friends and I didn't fix the world of all its over exaggerated or truly serious problems, but for three hours we brought smiles to the faces of some challenged, young children. I always try to bring a smile to the face of people I meet and know. And while I'm not always one hundred percent successful, I do my best. The students at ECU all come from different backgrounds. We're different races, religions, and ethnic groups. But none of that matters. When you're at East Carolina everyone is a friend.