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Hometown/State: Clyde, NC
Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2009
Scholarship(s) Awarded: Dowdy Student Stores EC Scholars Award
Major/Intended Major: Political Science
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.
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.
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.
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. .
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.