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Hometown/State: Cary, NC
Incoming EC Scholar Class (year): 2012
Major/Intended Major: Hispanic Studies
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.