Hometown/State: Cary, North Carolina
Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2012
Scholarship(s) Awarded: James H. Maynard East Carolina Scholars Award
Major/Intended Major: Nursing
Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University?
I chose to attend East Carolina University after spending a month on campus for an academic summer camp called Summer Ventures for Math and Science. During my month at Summer Ventures, I noticed that the campus had the right "feel" to it; while walking around ECU, I could really picture myself attending school here because something just seemed to click during my stay. Professors from ECU actually taught the classes for my summer program; having such fantastic and devoted professors, that were always willing to help me even though I was not one of their college students, made me realize that the rest of the East Carolina University faculty must be just as wonderful. This prediction was proven true at the EC Scholars interview weekend. Every faculty member I met that weekend really reinforced the idea that ECU was the perfect place for me. I also loved the school spirit of ECU that I noticed while walking around campus during both the summer and during interview weekend; as a very spirited person, I could see my outgoing personality fitting in really well at East Carolina University.
What has your scholarship enabled you to do?
My scholarship has enabled me to explore the world with the sponsored study aboard experience. I had the opportunity to enrich myself culturally while studying abroad in England this past summer and become a true twenty-first century learner equipped with global knowledge and experience. It was the adventure of a lifetime and I wouldn't trade it for the world. My scholarship has also given me the opportunity to attend college, with my thoughts focused on my current education along with what's next in terms of my life goals and aspirations, without dreading the hardship to come of student debt that so many students endure after their college graduation. However, one of the best things that my scholarship has enabled me to do is get acquainted with a group of nineteen other EC Scholar students that I get to call my family for the next four years.
What special undergraduate research opportunities have you experienced at East Carolina University?
As a rising sophomore, I'm excited for the opportunity to participate in research this coming year with other EC Scholars. I've always been very interested in conducting research and making progress in important areas of study so I can't wait to immerse myself in undergraduate research side by side with other members of my Scholar family this year!
What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at East Carolina University?
East Carolina University offers so many unique opportunities to be a leader. I am an ECU Ambassador and serve as the Intramural Sports Committee Chair within the organization. I am involved with the Honors College Ambassadors with the recruitment committee and have gotten to talk one on one with potential students at Open House and tell them why I love my school. I served as a representative in Garrett Hall Government my fall semester at ECU, which I found to be a great way to meet people in my dorm and make a difference. I also helped create and run a tutoring program through the Volunteer and Service Learning Center and the Boys and Girls Club in downtown Greenville; it's a great feeling to know that a program I helped create is making such a difference in my local community.
What are your career plans/aspirations?
I aspire to be a pediatric oncology nurse and work at Duke Children's Hospital. While at Duke, I also want to get involved with the Make a Wish Foundation and hopefully become a board member. Such a program is near and dear to my heart since one of my friends actually participated in it, so I'd love to join it as a nurse involved in a field that the Make a Wish Foundation works so closely with and benefits greatly.
How have you made a positive impact while you have been at East Carolina University?
By involving myself in student organizations, immersing myself in service, taking an interest in sports, and maintaining high academic standards, I hope that I have made a positive impact at East Carolina University and benefitted it half as much as the university has benefitted me.