What made you choose ECU?
ECU's reputation for school spirit was a major factor in my choice. When I came to new student orientation, everyone I met seemed proud to be a part of ECU and interested in all of the activities, clubs, and programs that were available. The faculty members and tour guides were so helpful in letting me know exactly what was to be expected of me at the university. Everyone was so personable, and it was obvious that they all love being Pirates. I knew ECU was definitely the choice for me. The atmosphere makes me feel at home here, and I did not get that feeling at any of the other schools I visited.
What are some of the things you are proud of at ECU?
In general, I am proud to be a Pirate! I am especially proud of the voice that the student body has. Through The East Carolinian newspaper and groups such as the Dean’s Student Leadership Council and the Student Government Association, it is possible to have our voices as a student body heard and actually have the ECU administration listen to and respect what we would like to see happen around the university. Without this voice, ECU would not be the same place it is today, and students would not be able to accomplish all that we set out to accomplish. It makes me feel terrific to be a part of East Carolina's future and to leave a legacy behind after I graduate. My proudest accomplishment will be for the rest of my life to say that I am an ECU alumna.
What is something about ECU you wish everyone could experience?
I definitely think that everyone should experience at least one on-campus event like Pirate Palooza, the ECU homecoming parade, or Barefoot on the Mall. It is hard to believe that there are so many amazing events like these that are free for students. These events really give you a sense of the Pirate Nation. You will feel at home in the heart of Pirate country if you get yourself involved and spend time on campus participating in the various types of events that are offered nearly every day. From magicians to movies, from ballet to baseball, there is no shortage of things that will interest and give you the sense of pride that the students and residents of Greenville, North Carolina share from the experiences that ECU gives us.
Upon graduating, what will you miss most about ECU?
The professors that I have had in the Department of Geography have been fantastic and after three years, I will actually miss being in their classes when I graduate. It will also be weird not being able to see my peers that I know share similar goals to mine. They empathize with me through the struggles of college life. They are here because they want to be, and they ultimately want to reach the same goals that I have. I will miss having them nearby and seeing them all the time, but I know that when I am out in the working world, I will have a strong group of fellow ECU alumni to consult and possibly work with professionally in the future.