Morgan “Rose” Shelor
Hometown/State: Cary, NC
Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2012
Major/Intended Major: Hispanic Studies
Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University?
I originally came to East Carolina University because of its superb nursing school. ECU was also the only university that would allow me to minor in Spanish as a nursing major and I wanted to continue studying Spanish. I volunteered at Rex Hospital during high school. I was able to experience the inner workings of a hospital, which began my interest in working in the medical field. While I originally started college as a nursing major, I realized through a medical Spanish class and internship at Vidant Medical Center that I would rather work in the hospital interpreting.
What has your scholarship enabled you to do?
The scholarship enabled me to study abroad to Granada, Spain, with my Spanish professor, Rosa Lopez-Cañete. I spent a month this summer in Granada, taking classes at the university, exploring the city, and living with a host family. The Honors College and the EC Scholars program have also provided me with a network of support. It has allowed me to focus on my studies instead of worrying about student loans, as well.
What special undergraduate research opportunities have you experienced at East Carolina University?
Last semester, I worked on a research project through the Honors College with Dr. Essie Torres investigating Latino health in Eastern North Carolina. We researched the barriers involved in accessing healthcare. I am really excited about getting to do research within my areas of interest.
What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at East Carolina University?
I have grown in leadership through working on campus at the Adventure Programs Center (APC) and through Victory Campus Ministry. East Carolina University has offered me so much more than just academics. My professors are personable, clearly care about their students and are passionate about their areas of study. The EC Scholars program gives me a base of support to grow in leadership outside of academics.
What are your career plans/aspirations?
I see myself in a hospital or at a nonprofit interpreting and working as a liaison between medical personnel and Spanish-speaking clients. I have always been drawn to culture-crossing careers. My parents taught English as a Second Language (ESL) when I was young, so multilingualism and multiculturalism have always been a part of my life. I want to continue to grow in that area and make a career of interpreting and translating.
What extracurricular activities have you participated in during your time at ECU?
I have been involved with Victory Campus Ministry since last spring. The people I have met there have welcomed me into their community and given me opportunities of personal growth and growing in new friendships. I've previously been involved with InterVarsity Campus Ministry, where I was a small group leader.
How have you made a positive impact while you have been at East Carolina University?
I have made a positive impact through the leadership I have had in InterVarsity. Last year, I have been able to begin investing in freshmen girls through my small group. Being able to encourage them, help them as they transition into college, and talk with them about Jesus has been exciting.