Hometown/State: Kernersville, North Carolina
Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2012
Scholarship(s) Awarded: Cliff and Ruth Moore East Carolina Scholars Award
Major/Intended Major: Psychology on the Pre-Med track
Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University?
It was the irresistibility of the Honors College that drew me to East Carolina University. With or without the scholarship, I felt an impending sense of peace as I walked around campus. Being the homebody that I am, this feeling was quite unusual considering the two and a half hour drive from Greenville to Kernersville. I couldn't deny, however, that this is where I belonged. The campus is charming; its greenery and old buildings blend together in a way that differs drastically from other campuses I had visited. The students spoke about their experiences with a sense of passion and intensity that made me envious to experience it myself!
What has your scholarship enabled you to do?
This scholarship has done for me what very few other opportunities and achievements in my life have ever been able to do. It has brought me a true sense of satisfaction that has justified all of my hard work up to this point. I feel accomplished to be among such a prestigious group of individuals. Thus far, I have built amazing relationships with other EC Scholars who share the same drive as me. I have been given the opportunity to study under Professor Bassman, a well known and renowned professor with EC Scholars. I now have both the ability to choose my classes with ease and the guarantee that I can participate in opportunities in the future, such as study abroad, with my financial freedom. It is rewarding to know my opportunities and limitless aspirations have now become a reality due to this scholarship.
What special undergraduate research opportunities have you experienced at the university?
The university has provided me with more resources than I could have ever hoped. Before I even had the chance to pursue opportunities on my own, they were thrown at me. Societies such as the Neuroscience Society have showed a great interest in undergraduate research and in individuals, like myself, who are interested in medicine. I have also been accepted into the Primary Physician Assistant Shadowing Program this October where I will have the opportunity to shadow, twice a week, under a medical profession over a period of five weeks.
What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?
As a part of this program, one of the most important lessons is leadership. The required Honors Colloquium that I took as a freshman redefined my view of leadership and what characteristics are truly important as a leader. I hope to take this new perspective with me into the medical field, as I become a model to others through relational leadership. Leadership through understanding, listening, and humbling yourself are the best ways to serve. I have completed training and am now serving at Ayden-Grifton high school, in Pitt County, as a Young Leader. Young Life is an outreach organization, passionate about reaching out to high school students and introducing them to the Gospel in an exciting way. My involvement in College Life, the college equivalent of Young Life, has challenged me to also lead within the ECU campus. I strive to live out God's plan for us by abstaining from typical college behavior and hope, by doing so, I can encourage freshman to focus on their goals and make choices too great to be ignored.
What are your career plans/aspirations?
After the completion of my undergraduate studies, I hope to continue my educational journey into Medical School. By then, I will have experience in research and will hopefully have made valuable connections with medical professionals in the Greenville area. I plan to continue shadowing and volunteering into my junior year in order to become more perceptive of what will be required of me. Blending both my passion for Medicine and face-to-face interactions, I plan to work as an OB-GYN, assisting mothers throughout their most precious experiences. I also plan to use my position as a way to introduce Young Lives, a branch of Young Life that provides community for young moms, to teen girls who are struggling with unplanned pregnancy and the hopelessness that sometimes accompanies it. Nearing retirement, I would like to serve women in impoverished countries through medical missions and eventually settle at a Gynecological clinic.
How have you made a positive impact while you have been at East Carolina University?
Being an EC Scholar is a blessing and I feel strongly that it is my responsibility to not only take advantage of my opportunities, but also to share those opportunities and blessings with others. I believe I push my peers to reach their full potential in the classroom. I also, as a part of Professor Bassman's EC Scholar Seminar class last year, began volunteering once a week at Golden Living Nursing Home. To this day, I continue to visit an elderly lady who I have come to love as my own grandmother. Together we are teaching each other that no matter how old we are, love and faith is something we all need and should share. I plan to continue to serve others with a thankful spirit and take my lessons beyond the classroom.