This Pirate is using
her story to encourage students
Public health studies major RaaShauna Payne is using her story to encourage students to keep pressing forward despite setbacks.
How did you get involved with the ECU Cheerleading squad?
I’ve been cheering since I was 5. I’m 21 now, so a long time. I looked up the information and I tried out. There were 160 girls here for 40 spots so I was nervous just like anybody else, but luckily I got the call back that I made the team.
How do you keep the discipline?
A planner. I have a good GPA. The only C I had was in chemistry. My planner is my best friend. I write everything out and I know that at the end of the day (what) needs to be done like two weeks in advance.
What is some advice you have for incoming freshmen?
I always tell students to get involved. That’s so important. You feel united with the school and you can meet people and also get those recommendations and (build) relationships with faculty. You meet them by getting involved. I would also tell them to be open to diversity. Don’t just be a student who makes great grades. Be a student that can connect with other people. In this world, (employers) are looking for diverse people. I believe being open to diversity can help us come together as a nation.
What is something cool about ECU that you wish you knew during your first year?
I wish I was more aware of the programs at this university that are nationally ranked.
Photography by: Cliff Hollis
Written by: Summer Tillman
College: Health and Human Performance
Public health studies with a concentration in community health
Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC
Clubs & Organizations:
ECU All Girl cheerleading team
Hobbies & Interests:
Favorite place to eat: Basil's
Favorite website: Netflix
Favorite place on campus: ECU Mall
Favorite hangout: ECU Recreation Center
Favorite class: Women Studies
Favorite TV show: Anything on BRAVO
Most Influential Professor:
Dr. Craig Becker
The one thing you cannot live without: My phone
Role Models: Gabrielle Union
Dream job: A CEO of a public health facility
Advice for fellow students:
Always try to stay involved with the campus and the community to develop not only connections, but also experiences.
"The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones that do."
- RaaShauna Payne