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 also been provided with a great deal of support and encouragement to explore a variety of subjects. My major is science-based, but my scholarship has allowed me to pursue other interests such as travel, theatre, and literature through opportunities like seminars, living-learning trips, and studying abroad.
What special undergraduate research opportunities have you experienced at the university?
As a sophomore, I was part of a team of students and professors from the Department of Nutrition researching nutrition education in Head Start preschool programs across the state. In October, I will present my findings in a poster session at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo in Atlanta. For my EC Scholars Research Internship, I worked with a team to conduct an evaluation of a health coaching program in Beaufort County.
What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?
I have served on the Recruitment, Philanthropy, and Marketing Committees for the Honors Ambassadors. I also serve with the Worship Team for Merge ECU, and I am the Networking and Recruitment Chair for the Student Dietetic Association. For the past two years, I have been a student leader for Honors College Service Day.
What are your career plans/aspirations?
After completing my BS in Nutrition and Dietetics, I plan to complete a dietetic internship and pass the exam required to become a Registered Dietitian. My goal is to work as a pediatric RD. I would also like to earn a MS in Nutrition.
What extracurricular activities have you participated in during your time at ECU?
Since my freshman year, I have been an active member of the Honors Ambassadors, Student Dietetic Association, and Merge ECU (formerly Baptist Campus Ministry). I also hope to be able to shadow or volunteer with a registered dietitian at Vidant Medical Center.
How have you made a positive impact while you have been at East Carolina University?
I have had many opportunities to volunteer with organizations and agencies on and near campus, including Dowdy Student Stores, Golden Living, the McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge, Habitat for Humanity, and the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge. Since my school and community have given so much to me, I am grateful for every opportunity to give back.