This Pirate is channeling her love
of learning to a career in education
East Carolina University student Glenesha Berryman values education and learning
What is something cool about ECU that you wish you knew during your first year? The foreign language department has a really awesome library that is perfect for hiding out and getting some last minute studying in. The professors are really interesting and friendly, so it's a cool environment to be in!
What advice do you have for other students? Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. My most impactful college experiences have come from the opportunities I’ve said yes to. Don’t be afraid to look outside of the box and outside of ECU in general. Even if these opportunities are outside your discipline, comfort zone or just plain “out there,” say yes to them. There is always a lesson to be learned, and you never know where these opportunities will take you!
Written by: Sophronia Knott
Photography by: Cliff Hollis
College: College of Education
Major: English Secondary Education, Great Books Minor
Hometown: Fayetteville, North Carolina
Hobbies & Interests: Language and composition, coffee shops, Spotify, traveling and education access
Clubs & Organizations: She’s the First, TED-Ed, Breakthrough Collaborative, University Writing Center, African American Read-In, LeaderShape
Favorite place to eat: Plaza Azteca
Favorite Movie: Does the Hamilton Musical count?
Favorite website: Blavity
Favorite place on campus: Dowdy Starbucks Patio
Favorite hangout: Buzz Coffee House
Favorite class: Great Books of Radical Thought/Intro to Literary Theory
Favorite TV show: Black-ish
Favorite band/musician: The Lone Bellow
Professor who influenced you the most: Dr. Feder because she introduced me to literary theory, which has given me a solid foundation for critically thinking about the education work I want to do in the future.
The one thing you cannot live without: Community
Dream Job: Motivational speaker/Twitter public figure
Role model: Literally all the magical black women who have impacted and inspired me: my mom, Michelle Obama, Audre Lorde, the list goes on and on
Your words to live by: “The aim of each thing we do is to make our lives and the lives of our children richer and more possible.” –Audre Lorde