This Pirate dreams
of traveling the world.
Lindsey Killett shares her love of traveling with fellow students
Lindsey Killett has a dream of traveling the world and serving in underprivileged countries with the public health education she is receiving at East Carolina University.
“I love traveling because it gives me the chance to get out of my normal day-to-day activities. I get to experience a new culture, learn their history and traditions, and try new foods,” she said. “My travels have shown me that the more multicultural interactions a person has, the more stereotypes are broken.”
So far, the senior has traveled to Australia, Finland, South Africa and many European countries.
Killett is a peer advisor for Global Pirates, which is a program for returned study abroad students to assist others who are interested in traveling overseas. “I loved my time studying abroad in Finland,” she said. “Because I was so passionate about it when I came back, I wanted everyone to go.”
She raises awareness through presentations, group and individual advising, and information tables throughout campus. She also helps students prepare for their journey through pre-departure orientations.
“My advice to students who want to travel would be that there is no better time than now to explore the world,” she said. “Studying abroad is the best decision you could make while pursuing a higher education.”
Killett also participates in the First Friends Program, which pairs incoming international students with current ECU students.
“Working with the international First Friends Program is lots of fun because you get the chance to introduce a student from another country to the American and the ECU lifestyle, such as taking them to their first football game, showing them what it means to have Pirate pride, and even introducing them to cultural traditions such as pumpkin carving,” she said.
Next to traveling, Killett’s passion is public health. “Whether I become a doctor or a public health professional, I want to travel around the world and help in Third World countries,” she said.
Killett draws motivation from a childhood friend, Danielle Dunlap, who died from malaria complications while serving with the Peace Corps in Ghana. “I definitely want to go to Ghana, because Danielle was helping build a health facility there,” said Killett. “It’s so unfortunate, but it just drives me even more to help.”
Dunlap’s death inspired Killett to study the disease, which is caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes. “So far I have completed three projects for my public health major courses on the topic of malaria, and I hope one day to incorporate similar awareness presentations into my career,” she said.
After she graduates in December, Killett will begin an internship in her hometown of Fayetteville with the Child Advocacy Center, a non-profit agency that provides a safe environment for abused children who are undergoing investigation and counseling.
“I will be working as a public health education assistant, applying my studies from my major and forming an awareness program for elementary aged students about signs of abuse and who to contact,” said Killett.
Following her internship, Killet plans to apply to the Brody School of Medicine to continue on her path of public health.
How did you become interested in public health?
I’ve been interested in health care since my sophomore year in high school when I went to a camp called the National Youth Leadership Forum. We spent a week learning about different health careers and visiting medical schools. They taught us how to stitch up an open wound using a banana instead of skin. That’s when I was introduced to public health, and I’ve been researching it ever since. When I came to ECU and found out how many programs were offered in health, I knew this was the major for me.
What do you enjoy most about being a Global Pirate peer advisor?
My favorite part is the continuous connection with students who love traveling and adventure as much as I do. Giving advice and helping prepare students for their journey lets me relive my experience of traveling abroad. Traveling is my passion and getting the chance to share that passion with other students and share how easy and rewarding it is to travel and study is awesome.
What has been your favorite volunteering experience?
All of my volunteer experiences have been rewarding, but my current favorite would have to be mentoring a fourth-grader at Belvoir Elementary School. I have been mentoring her for a year now and it has been a true pleasure watching her grow. We have really formed a strong bond to the point that she calls me her big sister now. I went in thinking I would just tutor a student and that was it, but I have gained so much more than that from the experience. Being the only girl of five brothers, it's nice to have a “little sister.”
What drives you to help others?
My drive to help people honestly comes from my grandparents, Brenda and Roscoe Killett, who raised me. They adopted me when I was a baby. My grandparents adopting me is the greatest thing that anyone has ever done for me. While growing up, I witnessed both of them help others of all ages. My undying gratefulness for everything they have done for me has inspired me to help others as much as possible. I hope my blessings and story can inspire others as much as my grandparents have inspired me.
Photography by: Cliff Hollis
Written by: Grace Haskin
College: Health and Human Performance
Major: Public Health Studies
Hometown: Fayetteville, North Carolina
Hobbies & Interests: Playing piano
Clubs & Organizations: Global Pirates, The WELL Episcopal Lutheran Campus Ministry, ECU Writes, International First Friends Program, Eastern North Carolina STOP Human Trafficking Now, Chancellor’s Student Leadership Academy Spring 2012
Hangout: Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint in Atlanta and
Table Mountain in South Africa
Place on Campus: Mendenhall Student Center
Place to Eat: Chick-fil-A
Class: HLTH 3250 – Introduction to Global Health and
HLTH 3002 - Women’s Health Across Lifespan
TV Show: Scandal
Musician/band: Jill Scott
Most Influential Professor: Dr. Holly Hapke
Dream Job: Public health physician working with Doctors Without Borders
You Can’t Live Without: Music
Role Model: Michelle Obama
What drives you: My grandparents, Brenda and Roscoe Killett, who raised me. They adopted me when I was a baby. My undying gratefulness for everything they have done for me has inspired me to help others as much as possible. I hope my blessings and story can inspire others as much as my grandparents have inspired me.
Words to Live By: Carpe Diem
Advice to Fellow Students: My advice to my fellow Pirates would be to always have an open mind and take advantage of every opportunity that is presented to you. You never know what awesome things you could discover and learn once you step outside of your comfort zone.
Something cool about ECU you wish you knew as a freshman: I wish I knew about the free printing on campus and the really cool programs offered at the rec center, such as Zumba and self-defense classes.
“Always have an open mind and take advantage of every opportunity that is presented to you. You never know what awesome things you could discover and learn once you step outside of your comfort zone.”
– Lindsey Killett