Hometown/State: Gastonia, North Carolina
Scholarship(s) Awarded: Pat and Lynn Lane East Carolina Scholars Award
Major/Intended Major: Biology
Why did you choose to attend East Carolina University?
Many factors played a role in my decision to come to East Carolina. The staff members are amazing and truly dedicated to helping students succeed, the students are full of Pirate Pride and are quick to welcome new members and make them feel at home, and I like that the university has a strong pre-med program as well as a medical school. I am so glad I decided to join the Pirate Nation!
What has your scholarship enabled you to do?
My scholarship has enabled me to focus on my education and career studies without having the burden of student loans and fees on my shoulders. This scholarship has allowed me to save funds that will be directed toward medical school. It is also quite a blessing to meet and be connected to so many helpful ECU staff members, other students who are academically driven through the EC Scholars program, and influential members within the community. I look forward to the research, study abroad, and other opportunities granted to me through my scholarship!
What special undergraduate research opportunities have you experienced at the university?
I have not yet started any undergraduate research, but plan to engage in research in the field of my major, Biology, and possibly geared toward my career goal, Pediatrics.
What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?
Through EC Scholars, I will have opportunities to lead my peers throughout the next four years, and I am sure I will dive into other leadership positions here at East Carolina. Also, through a project for the Honors College, I was able to co-lead with my peers a project which raised the awareness of communities in need of free medical clinics, and work to raise funds to donate to a free clinic in Grimesland, N.C.
What are your career plans/aspirations?
After receiving my undergraduate degree from ECU, I plan to attend medical school and pursue a career as a pediatrician. I will be the one and only Dr. Soos! I have hopes to one day own my own practice, with a Dr. Seuss theme.
How have you made a positive impact while you have been at East Carolina University?
I have served and will continue to serve others at East Carolina University and in the surrounding Greenville community. I have volunteered with Golden Living Center, The Pamlico Tar River Foundation, and The American Red Cross in my time at East Carolina. During my sophomore year, I will volunteer at Vidant Health through a group called Future Female Doctors. I also hope to find a job shadowing opportunity.