Soos - Kelli

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EC Scholars Class of 2016

Kelli Soos

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 and other students who are academically driven through the EC Scholars program. Through this scholarship, I have been granted amazing opportunities to conduct research, study abroad, serve my community, and further my studies.

What special undergraduate research opportunities have you experienced at the university?

I have had the joy of engaging in research for multiple small projects, through both the Honors College and the Biology Department here at ECU. I am currently looking into and planning to engage in additional research opportunities, and I am very excited to begin doing so!

What unique leadership opportunities have you experienced at the university?

Having spent 2 years at ECU, I have had many leadership experiences thus far. Through EC Scholars and the Honors College I have been given opportunities to lead and serve both on campus and throughout the surround city of Greenville. I have also been able to exemplify my leadership skills through my extra curricular activities.

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.

What extracurricular activities have you participated in during your time at ECU?

In my time at ECU, I have found several clubs which fit my interests. I have joined the American Medical Student Association Premed chapter, Global Medical Brigade, and Future Female Doctors Club (in which I serve as treasurer). I also enjoy attending the varying service-learning trips offered through the Honors College.

How have you made a positive impact while you have been at East Carolina University?

I have served and will continue to serve in the East Carolina and surrounding Greenville community. I hope to become more involved in volunteer services as the time goes on, particularly positions in the medical field if available.