Hometown/State: Raleigh, NC
Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2012
Scholarship(s) Awarded: Belk Special Funds Endowment
Major/Intended Major: Engineering (Biomedical) and Neuroscience
Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University?
Biomedical engineering and neuroscience were not majors frequently offered at the smaller, liberal arts colleges I initially intended to attend. I chose to attend East Carolina University because here I am able to double major in the subjects of my choosing, and still enjoy the liberal arts feel. The Honors College enables me to pursue interests outside of my majors, which was really important to me, seeing as my academic and social interests don’t always match up.
What has your scholarship enabled you to do?
The biggest thing my scholarship has enabled me to do so far is study without worrying about finances. I do not have to juggle academics, a social life, and a job at this point, which is something I would have had to do had I not received this scholarship. Because I don’t have to work, I am able to focus more on academics and learning beyond the classroom.
What special undergraduate research opportunities have you experienced at the university?
I haven’t been here long enough to get involved in research, but I am looking forward to getting involved with research as soon as possible.
What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?
As a freshman, it can be difficult to get involved and find leadership opportunities, however, as an EC Scholar I am automatically considered a leader by my professors and peers. It was an incredibly unique experience to walk in on the first day of class and be recognized by a professor as an EC Scholar and therefore as a leader.
What are your career plans/aspirations?
I aspire to either attain my masters degree and pursue the design of prosthetics, or go to medical school to become a doctor specializing in amputations.
How have you made a positive impact while you have been at East Carolina University?
Already, I have been able to participate in various volunteer organizations through the Honors College. Whether I have been volunteering at a local nursing home with fellow EC Scholars or at Habitat for Humanity with Honors College members, I have made a significant impact on the Greenville community. It is such an incredible feeling to be part of making a tangible difference.