Chirico - Jessica

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EC Scholars - Class of 2014

Jessie Chirico

Hometown/State: Havelock, North Carolina

Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2010

Scholarship(s) Awarded: Harold H. Bate Foundation, Inc. EC Scholars Award

Major/Intended Major: English

Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University?

I chose ECU because I wanted to be a part of the Pirate Nation. Many of my most influential teachers in high school were ECU alumni, and their love and pride for this school were always evident. After visiting the campus just a few times, I knew this was a community that I could belong to. The spirit of ECU is tangible all year round, and I love being a Pirate more every year.

What has your scholarship enabled you to do?

Being an EC Scholar has been one of the biggest blessings in my life. I have been a part of an amazing group of other Scholars taught and mentored by our incredible faculty. I have also recently been able to complete a semester studying abroad in Manchester, United Kingdom. Without my scholarship this would have been nearly impossible, and it was an experience I can’t imagine living without.

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

In the spring of 2012, I was a member of a research team headed by Dr. Xue of the ECU College of Business. Our purpose was to study the integration of healthcare innovations, namely telehealth systems, in eastern North Carolina, as well as develop a multimedia tool to be used to educate others on telehealth systems.

What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?

Being an EC Scholar by itself has been quite an opportunity, as it makes you a leader on campus. I feel that other students and faculty look up upon us as leaders among our peers. I have also really enjoyed being a leader within the Honors College by volunteering as a student leader on Service Day and having the chance to meet and talk to incoming Honors freshmen.

What are your career plans/aspirations?

My current plans are to major in English and pursue a career as a book editor. I hope someday to work at a major publishing house like Scholastic or Harper Collins. I’m also exploring the option of getting my Master’s degree in Library Science.

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

An important part of being an EC Scholar is giving back to the ECU and Greenville community. I strive to make a positive impact through group service projects and events such as Service Day and Relay for Life, as well as by volunteering on my own at Rocking Horse Ranch for Therapeutic Riding. I also strive to be a good representative of what it means to be an EC Scholar at all times. We are not only representing the Honors College, but East Carolina University as a whole.