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?
Thanks to my scholarship, I have been able to branch out in the ECU community and to engage myself with fellow peers with both same and different ideologies. 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?
Due to my passion for medicine, I will be able to research with the Brody School of Medicine. I will also be able shadow various surgeons, which will allow me to determine which specialty I will choose to follow.
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?
After I receive my undergraduate degree, I plan on serving Eastern North Carolina by attending medical school with a concentration in surgery. Also, with a fluency in French, I aspire to travel abroad with the knowledge I will learn throughout my career and aid impoverished nations.
How have you made a positive impact while you have been at East Carolina University?
During my first year at the university, I stepped out into the community and saw many of the issues in Greenville. I also started several service projects to aid our community and relieve many of the problems facing the surroundings. I hope to continue these efforts this year as well.