Hometown/State: Dunn, North Carolina
Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2011
Scholarship(s) Awarded: WR Roberson East Carolina Scholars Award
Major/Intended Major: Exercise Physiology
Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University?
East Carolina University was my number one choice due to the good reputation of their Physical Therapy program. I knew that I would receive the best undergraduate and graduate education (in my opinion) here at ECU for the career I have wanted to obtain since I was in fifth grade. Another factor that helped sway my college choice is that I've been a Pirate since birth. Both of my parents attended ECU and are huge Pirate fans. I've grown up loving Greenville, the welcoming atmosphere of the campus, and the supportive student body and faculty. I knew East Carolina University was the only place for me; hence the reason it's the only school I applied to!
What has your scholarship enabled you to do?
In these tough economic times, I feel so blessed to not have the financial burden of college expenses to deal with. This way, I can focus more on my studies and involvement around campus. More importantly, my scholarship has led the way for my dreams to come true. In July, I was granted an interview with ECU's Department of Physical Therapy for Early Acceptance into the program. Luckily, I was selected for the DPT Class of 2018! Without EC Scholars, I would never have had this opportunity and I am so grateful to be apart of this fantastic scholarship program.
What special undergraduate research opportunities have you experienced at the university?
Being a freshman, I have not experienced any research opportunities yet but I look forward to the many experiences that will come my way. I have been invited by Dr. Walt Jenkins, Associate Professor and Chair of the DPT to take part in and observe some of the research done by graduate students in the DPT program. I believe this advantage will be highly beneficial to my current and future education. It will also provide me with the drive to be a curious student questioning “why” and “what if.”
What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?
I have not experienced an “actual” leadership opportunity yet but I know there will be many in the future. EC Scholars as a whole is a leadership opportunity in itself. Once we arrived on campus, we were reminded that we are held with a high level of respect and we should keep the prestigious reputation that the Honors College and EC Scholars has obtained. Living by East Carolina University’s motto, “Servire,” or “to serve,” I plan to serve the school and the community while leading by example.
What are your career plans/aspirations?
I plan to graduate from East Carolina University with a degree in Exercise Physiology along with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. With my Doctorate, I plan to work at a therapy clinic or hospital to build a good foundation for myself and gain experience along the way. I eventually want to own a private therapy office as my own. I know that ECU will prepare me for any career plan or aspiration I want to pursue.
How have you made a positive impact while you have been at East Carolina University?
The day after I moved in, I was presented with an opportunity to make a positive impact. Students in the Honors College were required to participate in a service project with Habitat for Humanity. We were divided into groups and each group was given an assigned task. Some were building shed floors, some were sawing wooden boards, and others were building window/door frames. To know that our efforts were going towards a fresh start for families around Pitt County was endlessly satisfying. I look forward to the other service projects and positive impacts I will participate in during my next four years in Greenville, NC.