What made you choose ECU?
I have lived in Greenville since age 16 and always wanted to be a part of the Pirate family. Many of my colleagues and coworkers are ECU Alumni. There was no other choice for me.
What are some of the things you are proud of at ECU?
I am most proud of the relationships that exist between the faculty and the students. Everyone I have come in contact with (especially from the College of Allied Health) has been extremely helpful and friendly. It doesn't matter what their position is. From the department chair to the administrative assistants, any concerns, requests or questions are responded to in a timely and friendly manner.
As someone who has come back to school later in life, what is your impression of your fellow students?
They are a lot stronger than people give them credit for. I think there is a preconceived notion that since they are young, all they want to do is go to college to party. I have met some awesome people who just also happen to be young. They are very responsible. They are very focused. This experience has to some degree restored my faith in our younger generation. When you get to know them you learn that they have fought to get where they are, and they are determined to do whatever they have to do to succeed.
Finally, what is your advice to someone who is thinking about going back to school, or trying it for the first time later in life.
Get rid of the fear. That was my biggest stumbling block. I didn't know if I could get back into the habit of going to class and studying every night. I'm working full time, so I wasn't even sure I could handle a full load of classes. So I know what it's like. But believe me, you can handle it. There are people here to help you handle it. Get with your classmates even if you don’t do well in study groups. It helps to have the support of other classmates who are going through the same thing. Don’t be afraid. The help is there. ECU is not designed to make you fail. It's designed to help you succeed, and there are a lot of people who are ready, willing, and able to help, and that’s exactly what they do.