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 greatly eased the financial burden of attending college while providing unique enrichment opportunities that I would not be afforded anywhere else. I am especially grateful for the stipend that will help pay for my study abroad experience, allowing me to broaden my cultural and intellectual horizons without having to worry about financing my trip.
What special undergraduate research opportunities have you experienced at the university?
As a freshman I have not yet had the opportunity to conduct undergraduate research. However, I hope to find opportunities to work alongside faculty within my department with whom I share similar interests.
What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?
Just being an EC Scholar is a leadership opportunity. As an EC Scholar, I am expected to be an example to my peers and to uphold the values and standards of the university and the Honors College. I am also a member of the Honors Ambassadors, serving on the Recruitment Committee. I hope to assume more leadership roles with other organizations during my undergraduate career.
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 pass the exam required to become a registered dietitian. Eventually, I would also like to complete a Master’s degree in Nutrition. For a long time I have been interested in the complex issue of childhood obesity, and I would like to be in a position that allows me to work with children and their families to find cost-effective solutions. However, after shadowing a dietitian, I have also become interested in clinical dietetics, which would involve creating specialized plans to meet the dietary needs of individual clients dealing with different nutritional issues, such as food allergies or diabetes.
How have you made a positive impact while you have been at East Carolina University?
The day after move-in was Honors College Service Day, and I spent the morning helping to clean up at the McConnell-Raab Hope Lodge, a facility at which cancer patients can stay while receiving treatment. I have also begun volunteering at the Golden Living Center, a local nursing and retirement facility. I am paired with a very sweet elderly woman, and once a week I go visit and do activities with her. 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.