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 Concentration
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?
The study abroad stipend has allowed me to spend a month traveling around Italy to various cities; Rome, Venice, Florence, and Cinque Terre with the ECU Italy Intensives Program. During my trip I was able to explore my artistic side by having the opportunity to take photography and drawing classes; which is a nice break from my Pre-Med classes. This trip has inspired me to pursue an Art Minor upon completing my current degree, as well as encouraging me to never forget the importance of hobbies!
What special undergraduate research opportunities have you experienced at the university?
I am currently in my second year of undergraduate research as a part of the Diabetes and Depression Psychology Lab with Dr. Lutes. We are continuing to recruit and collect participants and data in order to combat depression and diabetes in Eastern North Carolina with a collaborative care approach. The clinical psychology lab is a perfect blend of my psychology background and my medical ambitions. This experience has enabled me to begin working towards submitting a thesis for a URCA grant, as well as beginning the first steps towards becoming published. This is an endeavor I would have, otherwise, never have thought possible for myself prior to taking the initial step towards doing undergraduate research.
What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?
I am heavily involved in Young Life, an outreach ministry whose primary goal is to share Jesus with High School kids. My commitment as a Young-Life leader to Ayden Grifton high school began my freshman year and will continue past graduation as I continue to build relationships that I hope will last with teenagers in the Ayden and Grifton area. I am also the Content Editor of the ECU Yearbook, "Buccaneer", as well as the President of College Life.
What are your career plans/aspirations?
I am currently studying for the MCAT, as I continue working towards my aspiration of attending Brody Medical School and becoming an OB/GYN. No matter the career path I take, I plan to use my job to glorify God and serve others. I am currently enrolled in an EMT course in order to gain hands on medical experience, as well as play an active role in serving the Greenville community.
What extracurricular activities have you participated in during your time at ECU?
How have you made a positive impact while you have been at East Carolina University?
My experience at East Carolina University, whether it is academic or extracurricular, has shaped in me a strong passion for Eastern North Carolina. I hope that my past two years at ECU have served to create even a small impact in the Pitt county area. I am working to love teenagers that, otherwise, might not encounter love or positive attention. I am also playing a role in changing the ugly face of diabetes and depression in the surrounding communities. I hope that my Christian based leadership stands out among the Pitt county area and encourages others to treat one another with love. I hope the biggest impact I am making at ECU is not one that will be seen right away, but instead will continue to develop and hold strong in the hearts of those that I meet and interact with for many years to come.