What made you choose ECU?
I was born and raised in Greenville, North Carolina, so ECU's campus was always a second home for me growing up. The familiarity of the community and the campus, in addition to the abundant opportunities ECU provides to its students, were big positives in my decision. Also, I knew I wanted to pursue medical school after graduation, and the Early Assurance Program, which guarantees students acceptance to the Brody School of Medicine, was a big factor in choosing ECU.
What is something about ECU you wish everyone could experience?
Coming into ECU, I didn't know how well I would get to know my professors and interact with them throughout the course considering ECU has more than 27,000 students. However, after three years of being a Pirate, I am amazed by the dedication of the faculty to reach out to students on a personal level and provide help as much as possible. The high degree of professor-student interaction is a big plus for ECU that everyone should experience.
What are some of the things you are proud of at ECU?
I am proud of ECU's continuing commitment to excellence. ECU has done a great job in trying to showcase itself as a university that is competitive in both academics and sports. Back-to-back football conference titles, ECU's push to be an Honors College, top professors doing cutting edge research, and an active, diverse student body with more than 300 student organizations are just some of the things that set ECU apart from other universities.
Is there anything else you think people should know about you?
Volunteering is a big part of who I am. I have been volunteering since I was seven, mostly with children and targeting education. It was because of my decision to enter ECU that I had the time during my freshman year to start my own nonprofit organization, Kids with Knowledge (KWK). KWK works to provide aid to children and women in Uganda, Africa, and in the Greenville, North Carolina community. On March 27, KWK is hosting, in collaboration with ECU's Running Club, "Run4Uganda"—a 5K race and stiletto dash to raise funds to support KWK's projects. You can visit www.kidswithknowledge.org for more information.