Hometown/State: Morganton, North Carolina
Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2010
Scholarship(s) Awarded: Dowdy Student Stores EC Scholars Award
Major/Intended Major: Undeclared
Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University?
I decided to come to East Carolina University after I visited the campus and met some of the staff and student leaders. Everyone at this university has a passion for success, as well as support and encourage others to succeed. I wanted to attend a college that would treat me with respect and value me as a part of their community. I also wanted to get involved with volunteering and student organizations. East Carolina was the perfect place.
What has your scholarship enabled you to do?
Being an EC Scholar has provided me with many great opportunities including meeting professors, deans, and the chancellor, as well as having priority registration for the upcoming semester. EC Scholars also are made aware of various outreach programs seeking volunteers, and we get to participate in fun activities with one another (just recently we had a pizza and glaze party where we painted pottery to give to others). Moreover, the EC Scholars Award requires a study abroad experience, which has always been a dream of mine.
What special undergraduate research opportunities have you experienced at the university?
At this point in my academic career, I have not yet participated in any research opportunities. However, in our Honors Colloquium we are studying a global problem, finding it within our community, and doing something to better that problem within our small teams.
What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?
Being an EC Scholar means to be the example of a great student. Within the Honors College, I have noticed that other students observe our study habits and choices of entertainment on the weekends. We also have many opportunities to be a leader in our small teams for Honor Colloquium projects. I've joined a club called the Rising Leaders Circle, which is an organization on campus that promotes leadership and excellence. I'm sure there are many more opportunities coming my way in the future.
What are your career plans/aspirations?
I originally came to East Carolina with aspirations of becoming a Physical Therapist. However as I've continued in my studies recently, I've been considering changing my plans to become a Radiologist or Ultrasound Technician. That's the impressive part about East Carolina-- you always have plenty of people willing to help you get to where you want to be in life.
How have you made a positive impact while you have been at East Carolina University?
Other than maintaining good study habits and keeping track of due dates, I've really tried to volunteer as much as possible. The 2010 EC Scholars helped the Real Crisis Intervention Center in Greenville pave a gravel driveway. I've also tutored children after school at the Little Willie Center. Our dorms have raised money for "boxes for troops," and I'm trying to get involved in other opportunities as well. At East Carolina you should come not only wanting to better yourself as an individual, but also wanting to better the lives of others around you.