What would you tell a prospective student about ECU?
I would tell them to enjoy their experience and don't take your time here for granted. While it is extremely important to excel academically at ECU, it is also important to build friendships and character during their time here as well. I would also tell them to reach out to their professors and to get to know them, as this will help build invaluable skills for the future. E-mail your professors, talk to them, and go to class.
What made you choose ECU?
The uniqueness. The vast number of students and staff that come together for the sole purpose and goal of a quality higher education made my decision to come to ECU very easy. It seems as though the entire student body is a big family that gets along and makes dreams realities.
Tell me more about your dream job.
It’s always been a dream of mine to hold a high political role, and it would be a dream of mine to be the governor of North Carolina. I’ve always wanted to be a leader and hold a high role where people can look up to me—where kids look up to me. And I can help people. I love to help people. I used to be a volunteer firefighter. I have always enjoyed helping people and helping the community. That’s one reason why I want to give back.
You used to be a volunteer firefighter?
I was a volunteer firefighter back home before I came to ECU. When I came here, I actually decided to join another volunteer station, which is still in Pitt County—right outside the city limits. I really learned a lot; it really helped me mature. Just helping people is the main goal. It’s really a great experience. I learned how to be calm under pressure, and that pays off in the school setting as well. The people you respond to, they are looking to you for guidance and self-control.
How would you encourage others students to get involved in volunteering?
A lot of students are scared and think, “I don’t want to call or e-mail this person.” But go and introduce yourself to people. A kind gesture can go a long way. Be humble, but yet be assertive and go in and speak to them and say, “I’m interested in applying. I want to know what I am going to do.”