Hometown/State: Wilmington, NC
Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2012
Scholarship(s) Awarded: Dowdy Student Stores East Carolina Scholars Award
Major/Intended Major: Neuroscience with a minor in Philosophy
Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University?
My decision to attend ECU began when I first stepped foot on the campus during a school field trip. I can remember walking through the student recreation center, when our tour guide yelled out “purple.” Within seconds every student in the recreation center yelled back “gold.” It was this sense of community and pride that fueled my decision to attend this university. Further research showed that ECU students are treated as individuals, rather than numbers, and are given countless opportunities to succeed throughout their college career.
What has your scholarship enabled you to do?
As an EC Scholar, I have access to an amazing Honors College faculty and countless opportunities to expand my horizons as a student and as an individual. The EC Scholars program has a strong commitment to pushing my academic experience beyond the limits of classroom work. Through various volunteering opportunities, such as working with the Food Bank, and extracurricular activities, such as sailing in Little Washington, I have discovered more about myself than I've ever had before in a classroom.
What special undergraduate research opportunities have you experienced at the university?
As a senior in high school I participated in research at UNCW which focused on the effects of neurofeedback on ADHD. Over the course of my first year at ECU I have spent my research time in a lab at the Brody School of Medicine. During my time at the Brody School of Medicine, I studied the Epigenetic Effect of Exercise and High Fat Diet and the Effects of Nanoparticles on Expression of Rho-ROCK.
What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?
My first year at ECU has provided me with a lot of opportunities to take on leadership roles. Throughout the course of the school year, I spent my time as a class of 2016 representative on the EC Scholars Roundtable as well as an Honors Ambassador for the Recruitment Committee. In addition, I was given the opportunity to serve as an East Carolina Heart Institute Intern under the supervision of Dr. Chitwood and Dr. Nifong over the summer.
What are your career plans/attributions?
After graduation, I hope to attend medical school with the goal to become a pediatric neurosurgeon.
How have you made a positive impact while you have been at East Carolina University?
Since arriving here at ECU, I have had the great pleasure of partaking in several noteworthy opportunities. My first took place at the local food bank in Greenville where I, along with several other Honors College freshmen, portioned 3100 pounds of potatoes to be given out to families in need. In addition, I had the great pleasure of visiting a resident at the Golden Living Retirement Facility every week, during which I got to learn from and interact with someone who smiles every time I walked through the door. Participating in these experiences has taught me that doing little things can make a big difference and has inspired me to continue to make changes throughout my time here at ECU.