What made you choose ECU?
I chose East Carolina because I wanted to be a part of a community that had a strong sense of loyalty to its university. Even though ECU has a large student body, I felt at home after stepping onto campus for the first time. The university showed me that I would not just be another number to add to the enrollment total, but a student who could make a large impact and stand out on campus.
Tell me about your major.
My undergraduate degree was in public health studies with a pre-health profession concentration. I am now pursuing my master’s in public health, and I eventually plan to go to PA school. I became interested in health care through HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America). I was a part of this group all four years of high school. Through being involved in HOSA, I was able to have internships as a physical therapist aide and dental assistant aide. When I came to ECU, I continued to be involved in HOSA, which broadened my perspective about the health care and assured me that I wanted to be a part of it.
What is your dream career?
I want to own my own medical practice in a rural area of North Carolina so that I can serve those who rarely receive quality medical care. There are thousands of people in North Carolina who are limited to the care they receive based on the areas they live in. I want to diminish that factor so that all of North Carolina can see a practitioner if they choose to do so.
What makes you proud to be a Pirate?
Living in the heart of Pirate Nation has shown me the dedication East Carolina University has for the rest of eastern North Carolina and North Carolina as a whole. We set ourselves apart from those at other universities by having that sense of Pirate pride in everything that we do.
Tell me about being a graduate assistant.
I am a graduate assistant in the Student Activities and Organizations Office. I help with all 340 organizations on campus, helping them with anything they need, from implementing programs about membership retention or just being in the office to answer their questions regarding leadership skills or anything like that. I am also a graduate teaching assistant for the College of Human Health and Performance. I am a Health 1000 instructor, and also I help with COAD 1000 as well.
What have you learned from working in the Student Activities and Organizations Office as a GA?
I did my undergraduate work at ECU, so I spent four years in different organizations, from honor societies to organizations that matched my career choice such as HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America). I was in Greek life as well. I was involved in a wide variety of organizations, so knowing what these organizations needed or what I needed when I was there has benefited me to help the students I work with as a GA.