What made you choose ECU?
I chose ECU because of Project STEPP. Project STEPP stands for Supporting Transition and Education through Planning and Partnership and is designed to encourage and support students with learning disabilities to pursue college degrees by providing academic and social support. I was diagnosed with a learning disability when I was seven, and according to the National Learning Disabilities Association, only about six percent of students diagnosed with learning disabilities attend college. ECU is the only university in the UNC system that has this type of comprehensive program. Thanks to Project STEPP, I not only got into college, but I have stayed and maintained a good GPA. I am beating the odds.
What are some of the things you are proud of at ECU?
I am proud of the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. As the former captain of the six-time USA National Jump Rope Championship Team, I have been in gyms all over the world. The CRW is better than all of them except for the facilities at the Olympic Village in Beijing, China. I love CRW center's wide-open spaces and all the windows. The overall design of the building is amazing, and the wide variety of programs and classes helps everyone stay fit. I also am proud of the CRW's Adaptive Recreation Exercise Partner Program that encourages and supports people with disabilities to exercise.
What is something about ECU you wish everyone could experience?
The towns surrounding ECU are worth exploring. I had the opportunity to travel to many communities of eastern North Carolina my freshman year as Teen Miss NC. I was welcomed at many Masonic and Shrine Lodges and given home-cooked meals—including many evenings at the Masonic Lodge right here in Greenville. North Carolina is known as the Festival State and the eastern towns have the best festivals of all. I wish everyone at ECU would attend the Ayden Collard Festival, Mt. Olive Pickle Festival, Erwin's Denim Days Festival, Ham & Yam in Smithfield, Benson's Mule Days, St. John's Day at the Oxford Home for Orphans, and countless others. I encourage everyone to get out and visit the communities that help make ECU such a great school.
What is your favorite ECU memory?
My best ECU memory is when I was invited to a reception at the Chancellor's House. The event made quite an impression on me. The house is very beautiful and Mrs. Ballard was extremely gracious and knowledgeable about the history of ECU. I had a great time and ate some really great cookies!