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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.