Hometown/State: Clayton, North Carolina
Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2011
Scholarship(s) Awarded: Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished East Carolina Scholars Award
Major/Intended Major: Communications - Broadcast Journalism
Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University?
Stepping onto ECU's campus, I instantly felt at home. Of all the college campuses I have visited, I have never felt the heart, pride and passion that Pirate Nation evokes. East Carolina's concentration on service and leadership parallels my devotion to such values. The Honors College and EC Scholars programs offer incredible opportunities that not only put students in a league of their own, but also give them individual attention and a sense of home that may seem unattainable in such a large university.
What has your scholarship enabled you to do?
My scholarship has already established me as a leader at East Carolina. Not only have I been able to meet leaders within the university, but I have also become a leader within Pirate Nation. I have become a role model to my peers within the Honors College and within the student body. I have been immersed into a program of incredibly intelligent, talented and passionate students and directors. But most importantly, my scholarship has inspired me to do and be my best at East Carolina in every spectrum, from service to leadership to academia to just being myself.
What special undergraduate research opportunities have you experienced at the university?
I was privileged to learn of numerous student-initiated research projects in attending the North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium. I am also researching honors programs throughout the country to explore ideas to make our Honors College the best of the best.
What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?
I have been fortunate to meet several influential leaders at ECU, including Chancellor and Mrs. Ballard and the deans of a few of our colleges. I have also become integrated in service within Greenville, specifically with Habitat for Humanity and the Golden Living nursing home. I perceive leadership to be doing what is right when no one is watching; our university has only proven my interpretation further.
What are your career plans/aspirations?
I plan to obtain a degree in Communications and a minor in Hispanic Studies, and continue my education in a graduate program. ECU's School of Communications has a very successful internship program that I hope to be apart of each summer throughout my undergraduate years. Ultimately, I aspire to become a news anchor or reporter at a local station, and see where my career takes me from there.
How have you made a positive impact while you have been at East Carolina University?
I believe I have been a positive influence to my fellow Pirates, ranging from academia to morale. Along with my class of EC Scholars, I have volunteered with a few organizations throughout Greenville, which we fully intend of expand in the semesters to come. As an Honors Ambassador, I am contributing to maximize the potential of our growing college. The Honors and EC Scholars programs shape my future everyday; therefore, I hope that through my actions, success and contribution, I can return the favor.