Hometown/State: Wake Forest, North Carolina
Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2012
Scholarship(s) Awarded: Dowdy Student Stores East Carolina Scholars Award
Major/Intended Major: Biology and Spanish
Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University?
I chose to attend ECU because of all the university has to offer. By being a part of the EC Scholars Program, I knew that I would have the best of both worlds. I loved knowing that I would have a select group of people to rely on and relate to, yet I would also have access to the resources of a large university. After visiting many different universities throughout my senior year in high school I realized that I felt most at home on ECU’s campus. Everyone I met was incredibly welcoming and had so much pirate pride. Additionally, I could not wait to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by the EC Scholars Program since I planned on being very involved, both academically and socially during my time at East Carolina University.
What has your scholarship enabled you to do?
So far, my scholarship has enabled me to make connections with my peers, volunteer within the community, and take part in many different programs and events that are unique to the EC Scholars Program. As an EC Scholar, I have also had the chance to take on leadership roles that I would not have been introduced to otherwise.
What special undergraduate research opportunities have you experienced at the university?
Being a freshman at ECU, I have not participated in any research yet but I plan on taking part in all the research opportunities that I come across. I am particularly interested in research that involves neurology and the medical field since I aspire to become a neurosurgeon.
What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?
As an EC Scholar, I have been able to act as a leader among my fellow classmates and within the community by taking part in student organizations and volunteer opportunities. While I have not experienced a great deal of leadership opportunities thus far, I plan to take on different leadership roles throughout my four years at ECU.
What are your career plans/aspirations?
After completing my four years of undergraduate school at ECU with degrees in Biology and Spanish, I plan on attending medical school in order to become a neurosurgeon.