Hometown/State: Hampstead, North Carolina
Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2010
Scholarship(s) Awarded: C.D. Langston EC Scholars Award
Major/Intended Major: Political Science with a minor in International Studies
Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University?
ECU provided a college atmosphere and spirit that was unrivaled throughout North Carolina. The staff and the students interact with one another with a unity that is very rare at universities, and the campus is simply beautiful. The university also offers an amazing range of opportunities and programs such as the Rising Leaders and the Honors Ambassadors. The new Honors College program was another exciting new prospect that was very interesting to me. It allowed my fellow incoming Honors students and me a chance to be the pioneers for ECU's new Honors College and gave me a chance to be put in an intelligent atmosphere with intelligent people.
What has your scholarship enabled you to do?
The scholarship has allowed me to do many things, such as participate in amazing classes and research subjects that are very interesting to me. The greatest opportunity this scholarship has granted me, however, was the chance to study abroad twice thanks to its 5,000$ Study Abroad Stipend. In the summer of 2012 I lived in Argentina for two months with an internship at an orphanage, which is easily one of the most amazing experiences of my life. In the spring of 2013 I also lived in Spain for 6 months studying and traveling to countries outside of Spain such as Morocco, Italy, the UK, Ireland, and Portugal.
What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?
As an EC Scholar, leadership opportunities present themselves daily. Every action, decision, and thought you make is a representation of both yourself and the program in general. This necessitation of self-awareness is an example of leadership in its own. It reflects leading by example.
What are your career plans/aspirations?
I would like to follow a career in the Department of Defense working as a representative of the United States through as a diplomat or ambassador. In addition, I plan to continue traveling to countries and continents that I have yet to see.
How have you made a positive impact while you have been at East Carolina University?
I have made a positive impact at East Carolina University in several different ways, particularly by volunteering. Through a course at ECU I had the chance to volunteer at a retirement center in my freshmen year. I also had the opportunity to volunteer in New York City working at a clinic, and taught a class in the Bronx to middle school students regarding finance. In addition, I was blessed enough with the chance to work in Argentina for two months at an orphanage outside of Cordoba.