Hometown/State: Hallsboro, North Carolina
Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2012
Scholarship(s) Awarded: Belk Special Funds Endowment
Major/Intended Major: Chemistry
Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University?
I chose to attend East Carolina University because my experience at Selection Sunday and Honors College Preview Day. The faculty, students, and staff all made me feel welcome and wanted; I was treated like a friend everywhere I went. The sense of community was incredible! That weekend, it all clicked for me. Between the gorgeous campus, the amazing people, and the excellent programs, I knew without a doubt that ECU is the school for me.
What has your scholarship enabled you to do?
My scholarship has enabled me to closely work with nineteen other scholars who are intelligent, talented, and hardworking individuals; I already consider them family and cannot wait to see how we grow in the next four years. I’ve also been able to be a part of ECU and Greenville in ways I never thought possible. From volunteering in Greenville and attending the Four Seasons Chamber Music festival to climbing a 75 foot Alpine Tower, I’ve experienced things that most students never will.
What special undergraduate research opportunities have you experienced at the university?
As it is only my freshman year, I have not yet experienced any undergraduate research opportunities. However, I am anticipating many great ones to come!
What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?
The first weekend the freshmen EC Scholars spent at East Carolina University included an entire day spent at a ropes course, where we grew both as a team and as individuals. The leadership challenge consisted ice breakers, low ropes, and high ropes. That morning, we were a group of leaders struggling to work together. By the end of the day, however, we were one cohesive and functional unit. I gained a lot that day, including the confidence to know that I can reach any goal I set for myself. I even climbed the 75 foot Alpine Tower despite my fear of heights!
What are your career plans/aspirations?
I plan to pursue a career in the medical field, specifically cardiology. I hope to become a cardiovascular surgeon or cardiologist.