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?
Currently I am studying abroad in Italy! Living in Certaldo for three months is a dream and I, because of the EC Scholars, have the great opportunity to enjoy it, not simply in dream land, but in reality.
What special undergraduate research opportunities have you experienced at the university?
Not many artists get the opportunity to study art in one of the most artistic countries in the world. It is one thing to take an art history class, and another entirely to walk beneath the ceiling of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.
What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?
Although the EC Scholars program provides me with many opportunities, I am most proud of being one of the key members in the creation of the ECU Female Saber squad, and it’s captain at several competitions – including nationals.
What are your career plans/aspirations?
As one of the two EC Scholars with arts related majors, I am not an aspiring Pre-Med student or hoping to become a nurse or brain surgeon, however I still want to choose a path that helps others. By doubling art and psychology I hope to, one day, create mural programs that will uplift and inspire whole communities: children pulled off the streets will create goals, and a final product that solidifies their importance and value to their communities.
How have you made a positive impact while you have been at East Carolina University?
The most important impact I can make is opening minds. I have had very different experiences, relationships and opportunities than other people, but that does not imply that we cannot work together to create new and better ideas than we could have alone. I hope that by being open to others, others will be open to me and together we can strive to be successful, not only at ECU, but also socially and politically in the long run.