Hometown/State: Greenville, North Carolina
Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2011
Scholarship(s) Awarded: Dowdy Student Stores East Carolina Scholars Award
Major/Intended Major: Biochemistry
Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University?
Growing up in Greenville, NC I have been immersed in the traditions etc. of the Pirate Nation but it wasn't until my senior year in high school where I finally realized all of the amazing opportunities I would be able to experience only by attending ECU. I feel that by choosing to attend ECU I have been granted the opportunity to receive an education that will prepare me best for my future success.
What has your scholarship enabled you to do?
So far my scholarship has allowed me the chance to meet and work with a bright group of students. Already, I feel like I will have lasting relationships with my fellow classmates and that we will be able to accomplish many great things in the time we are together here at ECU. My scholarship has also enabled me to have access to many valuable resources that I will need in order to become a successful leader. Being an EC scholar will give me the chance to study abroad and learn about other cultures which will in turn teach me the importance of keeping an open mind. Being an EC scholar has and will continue to prepare me for the brightest future I could ever dream of.
What special undergraduate research opportunities have you experienced at the university?
So far, I haven't experienced any undergraduate research opportunities but I certainly hope to become very involved in multiple undergraduate research studies.
What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?
I hope to become involved in a leadership position for the Student Activities Board. I believe that becoming a leader of this university organization I will gain experience in planning and organizing events but also be involved and engaged with the student body as a whole. So many students attend such events created by the SAB and I believe that by becoming involved with SAB I will be able to lead effectively and learn so much in the process.
What are your career plans/aspirations?
I have always been interested in the sciences, specifically biology and chemistry. Because of my curiosity for the things yet unknown to our world, I am interested in becoming a biomedical researcher. I used to think that the idea that I could make a difference in the world of medicine was a bit far-fetched but I have since learned that I without a doubt have the potential to do just that and will therefore strive to do so.
How have you made a positive impact while you have been at East Carolina University?
By meeting new people and forming new relationships on campus I have contributed to the friendly, hospitable atmosphere that East Carolina University is known for.