Hometown/State: Greenville, North Carolina
Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2011
Scholarship(s) Awarded: Harold H. Bate East Carolina Scholars Endowed Award
Major/Intended Major: Neuroscience
Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University?
As a Greenville native my entire life, East Carolina was always a main choice for higher education for several reasons. I chose to attend East Carolina because of its community-like environment and emphasis on personalized education. While touring East Carolina, I felt I was more than just a number. After meeting faculty I knew I would receive the guidance and support needed to ensure I was successful in completing my goals.I was also attracted to East Carolina by the Honors College. Its seminar-based learning will expose me to a wide array of subjects and backgrounds and help me develop into a better leader and community servant in the global world.
What has your scholarship enabled you to do?
As an EC Scholar, I am excited to take courses that are exclusive to the program. They will challenge me to use different modes of inquiry and find out more about myself. My scholarship has also enabled me to participate in many leadership and volunteer activities that I may not have considered joining.
What special undergraduate research opportunities have you experienced at the university?
As a senior in high school, I performed research in the Physiology Department of the Brody School of Medicine in the lab of Dr. David Tulis. I was exposed to a new realm of science and a wealth of knowledge. I plan to continue working for Dr. Tulis during my undergraduate career.
What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?
Having just started college, I have not participated in many leadership activities. One leadership organization I am interested in joining is Honors Ambassadors.
What are your career plans/aspirations?
After graduating from East Carolina, I plan to attend the Brody School of Medicine to become a primary care physician practicing in Eastern North Carolina.
How have you made a positive impact while you have been at East Carolina University?
One way I have made a positive impact was by volunteering for Habitat for Humanity with the freshman Honors College class. I learned about the organization and its mission, and I helped to build a shed floor for a local family in Farmville, North Carolina. I felt a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment after completing this service project.