Hometown/State: Greenville, North Carolina
Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2009
Scholarship(s) Awarded: Dowdy Student Stores EC Scholars Award; Milton Harrington EC Scholars Award
Major: Multidisciplinary Studies - Neuroscience Concentration
Minor: Hispanic Studies
Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University?
East Carolina University presents an array of opportunities both in and out of the classroom. With its strong emphasis on community service, East Carolina was an immediate fit for both my personality and career goals. East Carolina provides a system of learning which caters to many different learning styles, and creates a network of support for its students. The atmosphere of this university is one of academic challenge enhanced by a strong student-teacher relationship not seen in many universities.
What has your scholarship enabled you to do?
Becoming an EC Scholar has impacted my college career thus far more than I could have expected. Throughout this past year, the program has enabled me to form strong relationships with extraordinary mentors and provided significant educational opportunities. The classes which are exclusive to the EC Scholars have been taught by insightful professors who have challenged me to become a more educated and understanding person overall.
What special undergraduate research opportunities have you experienced at the university?
During my first year at East Carolina University, I was fortunate to secure a position in the Physiology Department of East Carolina's Brody School of Medicine. In the lab of Dr. David Tulis, I have been exposed to new realms of science which were both stimulating and beyond my realm of knowledge. However, with the strong system of support created in the Brody School of Medicine, I have been able to comprehend and contribute more than I ever thought possible during my undergraduate career.
What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?
Becoming an EC Scholar has given me the opportunity to be notably active in the university system. Throughout my time so far, I have been involved with both academic clubs such as Omicron Delta Kappa's Rising Leaders Circle and athletics with East Carolina's club sports program. However, I am most proud of a current project for the Greenville Community Shelter. During the next year, I aim to involve local schools, along with the university, in arranging a large drive to benefit the organization. East Carolina has allowed me to become a much stronger leader through organized programs, and has set the stage for the success of my own personal projects.
What are your career plans/aspirations?
For as long as I can remember, it has been my dream to pursue a career in the medical field. Currently, my interests lie in cardiology, surgery, and pediatrics; however, I have learned that it is important to keep your mind open to new interests and opportunities. Whatever specialty life has in store for me, I aspire to become both a medical professional with superb technical knowledge and a care provider who instills feelings of comfort and security in my patients.
How have you made a positive impact while you have been at East Carolina University?
Since my first year at East Carolina University, I have worked to become an active member of our large community. In the coming years, I hope to engage the university's students in regional service programs in order to expand the reach of the university even more into the surrounding area. I hope to use the next few years to make a positive impact on the university by promoting our mission statement: "to serve as a national model for public service and regional transformation."