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EC Scholars Class of 2016

Spencer Jackson

Hometown/State: Kinston, NC

Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2012

Scholarship(s) Awarded: Eddie and Jo Smith East Carolina Scholars Award

Major/Intended Major: Biology and French

Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University?

I originally became interested in ECU after I heard about the Early Assurance Program to Brody School of Medicine due to my interest in medicine. While I was not chosen for a spot in Early Assurance, I was able to become an EC Scholar. I have a deep love for the French language and, with the EC Scholars, I would be able to study abroad and work towards a fluency in French. I would also be able to prepare for medical school due to the excellent programs the University offers.

What has your scholarship enabled you to do?

This semester, it has allowed me to follow my passion for the French language and study abroad in Paris, France.  This experience, although at first overwhelming, is truly amazing, as it has allowed me to fully immerse myself in the language.  It also has allowed me to meet new people and create new lasting friendships with fellow Scholars and other students around campus.

What special undergraduate research opportunities have you experienced at the university?

Sophomore year I was able to experience undergraduate research with Dr. Tara Gallien who led a project surrounding the evaluation of the Health Coaching Program in Washington, NC. During this research opportunity, I played a role in interviewing participants, partners, and health coaches and then took part in the evaluation of the data.

What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?

The staff behind the EC Scholars has put together many excellent programs that have enabled me to branch out on campus, such as interacting with faculty of the University and important leaders in Eastern North Carolina. Through these programs, I have become a leader at ECU and have expanded my knowledge of our community as well as utilized the skills I've gained during my time at the university.

What are your career plans/aspirations?

I get asked quite often why I chose to study French and Biology.  It's an interesting combination.  I began studying French back in middle school and have continued my studies through university.  I love language and want to learn Spanish after I master the French language.  After I graduate from ECU, I will attend medical school and specialize in surgery.  With my love for language and my passion for medicine, I also plan on volunteering with Doctors Without Borders one day.

What extracurricular activities have you participated in during your time at ECU?   

I am an active member in the French Club here at the university and plan on running for office upon my return from my study abroad experience in France.  I am also an avid sportsman and take advantage of the Student Rec Center and the North Recreation Complex.

How have you made a positive impact while you have been at East Carolina University?

During my first year at ECU, I was able to step out into our community and see the problems faced each day in Greenville.  I, along my classmates, was able to begin efforts to alleviate these issues.  The research preformed with Dr. Tara Gallien has also positively affected the community by helping the Health Coaching Program identify issues and find solutions to better serve Washington.