Major/Intended Major: ChemistryWhy 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 consider them family and cannot wait to see how we grow in the next three years. I have been able to take classes specifically designed for EC Scholars and Honors students that are taught by distinguished professors and faculty members. The exclusiveness of these courses provided a deeper understanding of the material and stronger relationships with classmates and instructors. I’ve also been able to be a part of ECU and Greenville in ways I never thought possible. From volunteering at Dowdy Student Stores and personally knowing the Chancellor, 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?
Although I have not yet completed any undergraduate research, I expect to during my sophomore year. I am taking an Honors Colloquium on research development this fall, and will be involved in a semester long research project during the spring.
What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?
I have experienced numerous leadership opportunities at East Carolina, from the very beginning of my life as a Pirate. During our first weekend in Greenville, my scholar class attended a day long leadership challenge where we grew as a team, as individuals, and leaders. I also helped lead fundraisers for local and national organizations, including a spontaneous campaign to raise money for the American Red Cross and Hurricane Sandy relief.
What are your career plans/aspirations?
I hope to attend the Brody Medical School to pursue a doctorate of Medicine, specializing in Cardiology. I plan to return to my hometown in rural southeastern North Carolina to provide better healthcare for the citizens of Columbus County.
How have you made a positive impact while you have been at East Carolina University?
During my year at East Carolina University, I made a positive impact in several ways. I volunteered at a STEM program for Greenville children, visited regularly with residents at a local nursing home, and helped lead a campus wide disaster relief effort, as well as participated in other initiatives and events. This year, I plan on being an active member in campus programs and organizations including the Pirate Tutoring Center, where I will tutor my fellow students in Chemistry.