What made you choose ECU?
After the acceptance letters came and the campus tours were taken, I knew I was faced with a tough decision. In a way, however, ECU chose me. It offered me a new place to call home among some of the friendliest people I had ever met. It also promised me a bright future. I knew there would be something special about attending a university in a college town. The entire community of Greenville is so focused toward ECU. From the restaurant and store billboards that read: “GO PIRATES! ARRRGH!” to the internship and job opportunities that local businesses have to offer, Greenville shows its support of all Pirates. ECU also offered the perk of being at school with my older sister, who I give the most credit for my choice. ECU and the town of Greenville, North Carolina, have truly become my home away from home over the years.
What are you most proud of at ECU?
ECU’s motto is "Servire," which is Latin meaning, “To serve.” I am so proud that my university bases its primary foundation on serving others. I love giving back to the community that has given so much to me. The Volunteer and Service-Learning Center is, in my opinion, one of ECU’s greatest assets. I filled out a simple form at the beginning of my freshman year and have continued receiving e-mails about different service opportunities. Whether I help out with an opportunity listed in the e-mails or I volunteer with one of my student organizations, the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center keeps a record of all the times I have volunteered my service.
In addition to the incredible amount of service that students give back to the community, I am also proud of the undeniable Pirate pride. I love being a part of a university of students who are so filled with spirit and friendly in nature, as well as so willing to volunteer their talents and time.
What is your best ECU memory?
I had the privilege of working for ECU as an orientation assistant during the summer of 2011. That entire summer turned out to be the best of my life. I was able to share my knowledge of my university, as well as my love for the Pirate Nation, with the newest Pirates and their families. What's more, the students I met throughout the summer had an impact on my experience as a Pirate. Not only was I able to be their mentor, offering advice and sharing stories, but I was also able to be their friend. To this day, it brings me so much joy to hear about their experiences at ECU. By helping the new students start their journeys as Pirates, I moved forward along my own. As the summer progressed, my fellow orientation assistants became my family. We talked to each other about anything, laughed about everything, and even had a few good cries together. Each one of them truly has a place in my heart. Every moment added up to form the most rewarding job experience and the most memorable summer at ECU.
Upon graduating, what will you miss most about ECU?
Throughout my years at ECU, I have met so many fantastic people who have encouraged me, supported me, and changed me into the person I am proud to be today. I have met professors, administrators, and faculty members who have helped me along the way to a successful future. I have joined a group of girls who I came to call my sisters. I have made friends who have helped me to laugh when I felt as if I could never smile again. Although I will miss all of these people when I graduate, I know that no matter how far apart we are, the memories we made at ECU will keep us together.