Hometown/State: Raleigh, North Carolina
Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2012
Scholarship(s) Awarded: Dowdy Student Stores East Carolina Scholars Award
Major/Intended Major: Nutrition Science
Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University?
I was initially attracted to ECU because of its accredited nutrition program, but the Honors College and the EC Scholars Program were what ultimately made me decide to attend. ECU is a large university, but these programs have made it feel smaller and less daunting. I am able to enjoy the feeling of being part of a small community while still enjoying the all of the benefits of being on such a large campus.
What has your scholarship enabled you to do?
My scholarship has allowed me to make the most of my undergraduate experience without worrying about the cost of attending college. I have been provided with many unique enrichment opportunities that I would not be afforded anywhere else. This summer, I used my study abroad stipend to travel to London with ECU’s English department. Studying abroad was an incredible experience, and I enjoyed the opportunity to explore interests outside my science-based major.
What special undergraduate research opportunities have you experienced at the university?
I am currently taking the sophomore Honors Research Colloquium and will complete my EC Scholars Research Internship in the spring. This fall I am also very excited to begin working on a new research project with a couple of my nutrition professors and classmates.
What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?
As a freshman, I became involved with several organizations which have provided me with leadership opportunities. I am currently serving as Historian for the Student Dietetic Association. I am also a member of the Honors Ambassadors Recruitment Committee and I serve with the Worship Team at Baptist Campus Ministry.
What are your career plans/aspirations?
Upon completion of my B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics, I plan to complete an accredited dietetic internship program and a M.S. in Nutrition and then pass the exam required to become a registered dietitian. I would like to be in a position that allows me to work with children and their families to prevent childhood overweightness and obesity.
How have you made a positive impact while you have been at East Carolina University?
During my time here I have volunteered with several organizations on and near ECU’s campus, such as Dowdy Student Stores, Golden Living, and the McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge. I am so excited to be at a university that emphasizes service and I look forward to participating in even more service activities both on and off campus during my time at ECU.