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EC Scholars - Class of 2015

Kali Harrison

Hometown/State: Davidson, North Carolina

Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2011

Scholarship(s) Awarded: Helen McLawhorn Memorial East Carolina Scholars Award

Major/Intended Major: Nursing

Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University?

My heart became set on ECU the first time I visited the campus. Taking a tour of East Carolina I found the interaction among students, staff and community give the large university the small town college feel that I long for. I never saw myself as a pirate until I began to meet the students around campus. Everyone was outgoing and personable. They answered all my questions and truly showed me that the people of East Carolina would become my family. I found that my friendly personality as well as a love for school spirit would fit right into the Pirate Nation. There was no doubt in my mind that I was supposed to be a Pirate after visiting.

What has your scholarship enabled you to do?

Opening the letter for my scholarship I realized just how fortunate I was. While I know I have my work cut out for me to maintain this scholarship I am able to relax more about funds for school. The scholarship has allowed me to think more toward my future whether it is about continuing my education to receive a Master's degree or moving on into the future with a life focused on my job rather than debt. I also realized just how fortunate I was to have money set aside for a study abroad opportunity. My scholarship allows me to explore another world, another way of living, another unforgettable experience in a culture where little is familiar, giving me a chance to understand a different life. However, it is not only the scholarship that I feel is helping me experience and learn more but the program in which the scholarship comes from. I plan on forming unbreakable relationships with people who strive for a brighter future as leaders who want to be involved in an active school and community. I feel that the EC scholars program and scholarship have brought a small group of us together in which I hope to find great friends.

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

Attending East Carolina as a scholar I look forward to being able to research with limitless resources at my fingertips. While I have thought about researching medicines or treatments that have to do with childhood cancer, I am more drawn to a health problem that affects me. I have had migraines since the age of six and I am not the only one who deals with these intense moments of pain. A migraine is a common type of headache that may occur with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light. However, migraines can lead to other health risks such as depression, increased risk of strokes, variations in memory competency and inadequacy; each small health risk changes and endangers a life style. How to stop, control or utilize these factors becomes the challenge; a challenge I would like to delve into. I hope to research reasons to why migraines occur, what affect they have on the brain as well as treatments for these types of headaches.

What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?

I hope to become a main leader at the school not only through the EC scholars program but also through clubs such as the ECU Ambassadors. I am interested in not only making a difference on campus but around the community. With a community who is in touch with its college and helps the Pirate Nation thrive I hope to give back to them. I look forward to becoming not only a leader but a role model especially for younger children in the area whether it is at the neighboring schools or in the hospital. Children are my passion and they are our future so my belief is to start there and help them grow.

What are your career plans/aspirations?

In four years time I hope to find myself with a Bachelors in Science and Nursing or continuing on in my education to obtain a Masters degree as a Nurse Anesthetist. Once obtaining my degree I want to work with children whether in hospitals or doctors office. I have been drawn towards the field of Pediatric Oncology and hope that I can continue on to work in this field. However, for the first few years as a nurse I hope to travel the country as a Traveling Nurse, working in hospitals throughout the United States and beyond.

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

One thing that I truly hope to accomplish at East Carolina is find a situation, problem or area that I truly can focus on whether it is at the school or in the community. I have found that serving not only impacts those who you are there to help but it also impacts your own life. Mark Twain once said “The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up”. I believe this holds true when you serve others. I know my heart will lead me to children however I am keeping an open mind of what comes my way. I hope to find a group of students whether in a club, a church, or a dorm area that I can join or lead to help make a difference in others lives. I also hope to show that East Carolina is not only known as a party school but a school full of bright students looking to serve and begin to lead this country in areas such as medicine. I find that East Carolina has many successful students who represent the university and I hope to be considered one of them.

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