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 university. At many of the other universities I was looking at, I felt that I would simply be a number there. But 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 aspect. I 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 allows me to get an incredible education and study abroad experiences, but also because it establishes me as a leader at East Carolina. I 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 community.
What special undergraduate research opportunities have you experienced at the university?
As a freshman, I have not yet begun my undergraduate research, but I look forward to working with professors in the College of Business. I am not sure about what in particular I want to study, but I know that having research experience will have a major impact on my future success in business.
What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?
Having only been on campus for a few months now, I have not been able to do much yet in the way of leadership. I do, however, plan on becoming more involved with leadership positions on and off campus, and I know that there are many opportunities available to me as an EC Scholar. One role I have taken on so far is becoming an Honors College Ambassador, working to recruit incoming freshman.
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 business. Double majoring in Business Management and Marketing with a concentration in Small Business and Entrepreneurship will definitely help me establish and maintain a successful business. This success would 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?
While I may not have made that much of an impact yet, I definitely plan on becoming more involved with various organizations here that will allow me to make a difference on campus and in the community. One way I have made a positive impact already though is through my volunteer work at Golden Living. I meet with a resident there every week, and while it is only making a small difference in one person’s life, I believe it is a starting point for greater things to come.