EC Scholars - Class of 2015
Destiny Machell DeHart
Hometown/State: Jacksonville, NC
Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2011
Scholarship(s) Awarded: Belk Special Funds
Major/Intended Major: Art and Psychology
Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University?Because it is AMAZING! Have you walked on the ECU campus? Have you watched student after student after teacher after student walk by in purple and gold pirate attire? Simply walk on campus and you will see why so many have chosen this campus as the community for their rising education. ECU was the total package for me; with the art program, the students, the spirit, and fortunately the most amazing scholarships, ECU was the obvious choice. But, mostly, if you’re a pirate, you’re a pirate and that’s pretty much it.
What has your scholarship enabled you to do?
Traveling abroad through the Italy Intensives program gave me more than I ever could have expected. Not only was I able to travel beautiful and exciting parts of Italy, but I also gained a sense of independence. Weekend trips weren’t limited to the town we were staying in. I could travel as far as I wanted, given I was responsible and contacted the program director. I learned so much about traveling and planning, that I no longer have any qualms in taking a bus or a plane, or even planning a trip across the country.
What special undergraduate research opportunities have you experienced at the university?I have had amazing opportunities to study with professors at ECU including Dr. Kate Lamere, along with Michele Whaley of the Pitt County Animal Shelter through several internships organized through the EC Scholars program. In my internship at the Pitt County Animal Shelter I revived a lot of hands on research with both the animals and the volunteers at the shelter. Our main goal for this internship was problem solving, and although our final goal was to create a more efficient volunteer, we were faced with many challenges that we had to adapt quickly to.
What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?My fellow EC Scholars have shown me that leadership is more complicated than many people think. Rather than being #1 person in charge, a true leader is someone the supports the team and does his or her part to the best of his abilities and is a vital part of accomplishing collective goals.
What are your career plans/aspirations?While my fellow EC Scholars of the 2011 entering class will be graduating at the end of this year, I will have another undergraduate year ahead of me. While this year will be spent completing my senior honors project, the next will focus on my Senior Art Showcase. After graduation I hope to combine my art and psychology degrees to peruse a Masters in Art Therapy.
What extracurricular activities have you participated in during your time at ECU?
One of my favorite extracurricular programs at ECU is the ECU club fencing team. While anyone is welcome to join, and we accept new members continually, the fencing team is a family that works hard to stay active and compete nationally. The implication of the Women’s Sabre Team has been a personal source of pride and accomplishment for me, because this fencing style is often considered a masculine sport and many schools don’t support the women’s team.
How have you made a positive impact while you have been at East Carolina University?
Although ECU has over 27,000 students and can seem daunting at times, I try to always make the students I talk to feel welcome. I feel that the small moments shared between people can have a bigger impact than people realize and so even the smallest moment can have a positive impact on your community.