Hometown/State: Louisburg, NC
Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2012
Scholarship(s) Awarded: Bate Special Funds
Major/Intended Major: Management of Information Systems
Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University?
I chose ECU because of the close-knit community the Honors College and the EC Scholars program creates. Walking onto this campus and seeing how all of the Honors College staff already knew my name made me feel more comfortable with the transition to college. It makes me feel like I matter and am more than just another student at the university.
What has your scholarship enabled you to do?
The EC Scholars scholarship has allowed me to attend a major four-year university cost free. This takes a huge burden off of my family. In the future I will be able to study abroad which would not be possible without this scholarship. Finally, the EC Scholars program also enables me to help improve Eastern North Carolina.
What special undergraduate research opportunities have you experienced at the university?
I have not had the opportunity to complete any undergraduate research, but in the future I plan to research how information systems operate and how you could make them more ergonomic and user friendly.
What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?
The EC Scholars program focuses not only on academics, but tries to mold us into the leaders we will become. Throughout my four years at ECU, EC Scholars will provide me with substantial unique leadership opportunities. During my first year, I became involved with ECU's Ducks Unlimited chapter. I used my leadership skills learned from an Honors College class to help the organization in any way possible. That leadership experience helped me achieve the Vice Presidency of this organization and will allow me to effectively lead the chapter this year.
What are your career plans/aspirations?
With a degree in Management of Information Systems, I plan to first go to grad school and get my MBA. After I get my master's degree, I plan to work in a large business environment managing the company's IT systems.
How have you made a positive impact while you have been at East Carolina University?
I have made a positive impact on the university through the many service projects in which the EC Scholars participate. These service projects not only affect the University, but also positively impact the surrounding community of Eastern North Carolina.