What made you choose to attend ECU?
When I first visited ECU, I quickly observed that ECU cares a tremendous deal about their students. The campus is absolutely beautiful and everyone I saw looked happy. When I first walked up the steps of the communication building and heard the sound of the chimes in rhythm with my steps, I knew ECU wanted me to have a fun experience. I choose ECU because of the spirit of the Pirate Nation and the knowledge that ECU's main concentration is not only academics, but for the students to have the ultimate college experience.
What is something about ECU you wish everyone could experience?
I wish that everyone could experience our study abroad program. As a former recipient of Thomas W. Rivers Study Abroad Scholarship, I had the best experience of my life in Granada, Spain last summer with my best friend Rob and Miss USA Kristen Dalton. Studying abroad truly opened my eyes to the world, taught me about different cultures, and helped me to become more independent. I lived in a house with a Spanish-speaking host family that did not speak a lick of English. After the experience I became completely fluent in Spanish. By studying Spanish in Spain and actually becoming immersed in the culture, I had a life-changing experience that I will never forget. Traveling has always been a big part of my life. I've been on a safari to Kenya and Tanzania, visited The Galapagos Islands, Spain, Italy, Ecuador, the Amazon, the Bahamas, Grand Cayman, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
You took part in the recent Extreme Makeover: Home Edition production that featured a family here in eastern North Carolina. What was that experience like?
It was so exciting because it was like like being on a Hollywood set here in eastern North Carolina. I was fortunate to have an internship with the public relations firm Eckel & Vaughan, who handled the PR for the show. I was able to use my media relations and public relations skills that I learned at ECU to coordinate the coverage of event for television news and radio stations by selecting speakers, scheduling programs, and choosing the topic dialogues. In addition, I helped to set up the VIP tent for sponsors, wrote a daily blog to keep people updated about the project, and promoted sponsors while networking with all parties involved in the project. I was also able to work with the ECU marketing department photographers and videographers in performing interviews with volunteers on the build site. I went behind the scenes to uncover the real "story" behind the ECU volunteers on the build site. It was a wonderful hands-on learning experience that I will never forget.