Hometown/State: West End, North Carolina
Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2011
Scholarship(s) Awarded: Bate Special Funds
Major/Intended Major: Nursing
Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University?
While touring colleges as a senior in high school, East Carolina stuck out in my mind. After stepping foot onto the campus, I knew ECU was where I was supposed to be. The campus is amazing and the sense of belonging that students feel as a part of Pirate Nation is contagious.
What has your scholarship enabled you to do?
The EC Scholars program has allowed me to attend ECU
and focus on my education without the burden of wondering how I am going to pay
for college. Throughout the past three years I have been a part of countless experiences
and opportunities that have furthered my education and allowed me to grow not
only as a student but also as a person. Some of these many experiences include
a study abroad to Guatemala with the College of Nursing, participation in
research and an internship with Riley’s Army. Most importantly, the EC Scholars
Program has allowed me to have a family here at ECU in all of the other EC
What special undergraduate research opportunities have you experienced at the university?
I was able to participate in a research opportunity
focused on using equine therapy to help children with social and behavioral
disorders. The project was titled, Interactive
Vaulting as a Therapeutic Tool.
What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?
My internship through Riley’s Army provided me with a
unique leadership role in a community non-profit organization. I worked closely
with the executive director of Riley’s Army on numerous events and fundraising
endeavors. I took the lead of Riley’s Army participation in the Greenville
Youth Arts Festival, I worked on Riley’s Army community wide event, Pirate
Treasure Night, I assisted with the planning of the Pediatric Cancer Survivors’
Dinner and much more.
What are your career plans/aspirations?
I plan on becoming a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Nurse Practitioner. I want to spend time in a high intensity NICU to become experienced in a diverse range of cases and then transfer back to my small hometown hospital.
What extracurricular activities have you participated in during your time at ECU?
I am a volunteer with Riley’s Army, an organization
with a mission to provide support to pediatric cancer patients and their
families. I also volunteer at Golden Living Retirement Center. I am a member of
Gamma Sigma Sigma, National Service Sorority. I participate in the College of
Nursing Mentor Program.
How have you made a positive impact while you have been at East Carolina University?
I have strived to make a positive impact on the
university and community throughout my time here. Serving others through
volunteering has been a priority and through my work with Riley’s Army, Golden
Living Center, Gamma Sigma Sigma and other organizations, I have worked to make
a positive and lasting impact.