What is your best ECU memory?

The first day I arrived at East Carolina University, I met my first roommate, Farman Usman. In high school, a majority of the students were either Caucasian or African American; however, Farman was Pakistani. At first, I thought it might be awkward to live with someone with different customs and traditions than what I was accustomed to, but it was the exact opposite. Farman was honestly the best roommate I have ever had. In fact, we got along so well that others thought we came from the same high school.

He is still one of my best friends today. I truly learned a lesson that day—never judge a book by its cover.

What made you choose ECU?

I visited other colleges, but they weren’t the right fit for me. I came to ECU for an Open House in April of my senior year in high school, and I was enchanted by the beauty of the campus and the friendliness of the people. I knew right away that East Carolina University was the college for me.

What are some of the things you are most proud of at ECU?

I am proud of ECU’s spirit. I am also proud of the alumni and how they give back to the university. One day I hope to come to the point financially where I can give back to ECU as well. No matter where we go, we will always be PROUD Pirates!

Is there anything at ECU you wish everyone could experience?


I wish everyone could experience the New Student Orientation. It is honestly an incoming student’s best way to meet friends and become accustomed with the campus. The New Student Orientation provides incoming students with the knowledge necessary for an efficient transition from high school to college, but in a fun and interactive way.

What would you tell a prospective student about ECU?

ECU is absolutely the best school in North Carolina. Out of all of the other campuses I have ever visited, ECU beats them all hands down in the friendliness category.

When you graduate, what will you miss most about ECU?

I will miss the students and faculty I have met and built relationships with. I truly wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for meeting others and simply interacting with them.