Hometown/State: Raleigh, NC
Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2012
Scholarship(s) Awarded: Elmer Haskell East Carolina Scholars Award
Major/Intended Major: Business Management & Marketing
Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University?
To me, East Carolina was the perfect combination of a small school feel with the resources and opportunities of a large universityAt many of the other universities I was looking at, I felt that I would simply be a numberBut I knew that at ECU, I would be able to make a name for myself, and the Honors College and EC Scholars program were already setting me up to succeed in that aspectI was so impressed with the opportunities that they had to offer, and knew that I could truly make a difference here
What has your scholarship enabled you to do?
I am honored to be an EC Scholar, not only because the scholarship has allowed me to get an incredible education and study abroad in Australia and Italy, but also because it establishes me as a leader at East CarolinaI am already in a position that will allow me to make positive change, as I strive to be a strong leader among my peers and also in my communityBeing an EC Scholar has also helped me to meet and work with many distinguished leaders, both on and off campusI feel very fortunate to have the chance to interact with these inspiring people from different backgrounds who support the EC Scholars program in many ways
What special undergraduate research opportunities have you experienced at the university?
I have not yet begun my undergraduate research, but I look forward to working with professors in various colleges at ECUWhile I am a business major, I would really like to branch out and explore another interest of mine, which is the psychology of dogsIdeally, I will do research on how canines learn different behaviors and responses, and the impact that age has on their learning developmentThis knowledge would not only benefit me in my future career and service goals, but it could help other dog trainers find new techniques for training service dogs as well
What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?
The Honors Colloquium that all freshmen were required to take really gave me the chance to explore my leadership opportunitiesWithin our project groups we had to establish leaders for different parts of the assignment, and these designated roles gave everyone the chance to find their leadership potentialWorking closely with the different non-profit groups my team chose really helped me to become a leader, as I coordinated an awareness event on campus that over 700 students participated inI also have a leadership role as an Honors College Ambassador, working with the recruitment committeeThis position has given me the opportunity to work with potential incoming Honors and EC Scholars freshman, both on and off campus I know there are many more opportunities available to me as an EC Scholar, and I look forward to becoming more involved as a leader over the next few years
What are your career plans/aspirations?
Since I discovered my passion for not only training dogs, but also teaching others how to train their own, I have been working towards the dream of one day having my own dog training businessDouble majoring in Business Management and Economics with a concentration in Small Business and Entrepreneurship will definitely help me establish and maintain a successful businessThis success will also enable me to give back to the community, by training service dogs for the blind and disabled at no cost to them
How have you made a positive impact while you have been at East Carolina University?
Being an EC Scholar and Honors College student has really inspired me to pay it forward, and I have been working extra hard this last year to help othersI joined the Pirate Tutoring Center, where I volunteered as a Macroeconomics Tutor every week, and became involved with a few centers off campus as wellI worked closely with The Center for Family Violence Prevention to raise awareness about domestic abuse and violence, while collecting data about victims in the area to give them current statisticsI also volunteered at Golden Living Retirement Home, where I made weekly visits to an assigned residentIt only made a small difference in one person’s life, but I believe it was a starting point for greater things to comeI look forward to my next few years at ECU, where I can become even more involved, and find ways to make greater positive change