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EC Scholars - Class of 2014

Taylor Lawless

Hometown/State: Grimesland, North Carolina

Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2010

Scholarship(s) Awarded: Dowdy Student Stores EC Scholars Award

Major/Intended Major: Nutrition and Dietetics

Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University?

There are several reasons I chose to attend East Carolina University. One reason was that East Carolina University has the new dental school. Since I am interested in studying dentistry, the dental school was a definite positive to me. Another reason I chose to be a pirate was the people on campus. If you are going to be on a ship for four years, you might as well like the crew. I toured many campuses during my college search and had narrowed my choices down to East Carolina University and one other school. On the day I made my final decision of which college to attend my mother and I took a tour of the other school in the morning. We went on a general tour and looked around the campus. That evening I toured East Carolina University. This tour was very different from the tour earlier that day. I met with two older EC Scholars and they gave me a personal tour around campus. It was very easy to make my decision that night because my decision had been made by the end of my tour of East Carolina University.

What has your scholarship enabled you to do?

Thanks to my scholarship, I was able to study abroad in Italy for the spring 2012 semester. I had an amazing experience with the Italy Intensives program. I had the opportunity to travel throughout Italy as well as visit Germany and France. This amazing experience can be significantly attributed to my scholarship.

Since my family lives just outside of Greenville, attending East Carolina University has given me the ability to stay close to home. Being an EC Scholar also means that I am a member of the Honors College. The scholarship has given me the chance to participate in activities and classes dedicated to EC Scholars. Through the Honors College and EC Scholars program I have been able to serve as a leader in Greenville through community service.  Not only did those opportunities make me feel like a part of the community, they showed me how much of a positive impact I am able to make.  I will take these lessons and apply them to all of the communities I am a part of in the future.

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

I have had the opportunity to take the Honors College sophomore class that focuses on research.   In the spring of my junior year I worked on a research project with Dr. White from the School of Dental Medicine.  This semester I am working on my thesis with Dr. Myers in the nutrition department.  I will be investigating the methods of measuring fructose and lactose intolerance.  Ultimately, I would like to create a standardized way to determine intolerance.  I have been afforded many wonderful research opportunities which will behoove me in my future endeavors.

What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?

There are abundant opportunities to serve as a leader at East Carolina University. One of my favorite leadership experiences has been working with Angels N Camo.  Angels N Camo is a non-profit organization based in Beaufort County whose goal is to take terminally ill children on either a hunting or fishing adventure.  I have also been able to serve as a leader with the Honors Ambassadors. The Honors Ambassadors do everything from philanthropy projects to recruiting new Honors students. I really enjoy the opportunity to work with the incoming classes as it builds on the sense of community in the Honors College.

What are your career plans/aspirations?

My plan at the beginning of college was to go straight to dental school because I would really like to be a rural dentist. I love being in the country, and there is great need of dentists in such areas. I have also considered furthering my dentistry degree by studying to become an orthodontist. However, I have recently decided to complete a dietetic internship upon graduation in order to complete the process of becoming a registered dietician.  While becoming an RD I can apply to dental school and then have the option to be both an RD and a dentist, preferably in a rural area.

One thing I am thankful for is all of the opportunity East Carolina University, the Honors College and EC Scholars Program has provided me. The sky is the limit and I am excited for my present and future!

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

I have completed many service hours since arriving at East Carolina University. I have worked with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and have volunteered at Golden Living Assisted Living Home. I have also been able to work with Angels N Camo.  This semester I will be able to serve on the Dean’s Council in the College of Human Ecology and share the opinions of my fellow nutrition majors.  One of the most positive impacts that I have been able to make has been with incoming students. Through Honors Ambassadors and the EC Scholars Program, I have been able to talk to many people about coming to East Carolina University. I really enjoy getting to know the people at all of the events. I especially like when I am able to connect with a student at a recruitment event, then see them at summer orientation, and finally at school the following year. It really feels like I have made a positive impact when I see them through the process.