Erika Dietrick is a sophomore Biology major and Honors College student at East Carolina University. Erika has spent her first year in Pirate Nation dedicating herself to volunteerism in the community and the development of her leadership skills. She regularly works with Habitat for Humanity, crafts letters for elementary school students to improve literacy with ECU Writes, and mentors freshmen in the Pirate to Pirate Mentoring Program. She has pursued her love of writing as a Student Life Writer for ECU’s Buccaneer Yearbook, and she will serve as the Academics Editor for the 2013-2014 academic year. In September of 2012, her first short story was published in ECU’s Rebel magazine after winning first place in the fiction category. In March of 2013, Erika co-founded Future Female Doctors to support young women striving to go to medical school, and in April, she was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society. Upon successfully completing her freshman year with a 3.864 G.P.A., Erika was named as a finalist for Phi Kappa Phi’s Outstanding First Year Student Award. Erika recently studied Spanish for six weeks in Argentina, and she has been hired by the Honors College as an Undergraduate Coordinator of Marketing & Communications after a year of writing for the Honors College Marketing Committee.
To Erika, a leader is an honest, forward-thinking person who is wise enough to recognize their weaknesses, humble enough to serve their community, and confident enough to fulfill their vision and change the world. She believes that the greatest leaders are the ones who lift others around them to greatness. Her greatest hope for ECU is that it will continue to find ways to develop diverse, creative-thinking leaders with kind hearts and strong drive both inside and outside of the classroom.
My name is Maria Dennis and I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but raised in the Chicago area of Illinois. I am currently a sophomore at East Carolina University studying to become a Osteopathic Medical Doctor specializing in Anesthesiology or pediatrics. I have always had a passion to help people, so I look for volunteer opportunities around campus to get involved in. That being said, I am involved with the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center and Student Activities Board: Initiatives. Being involved with these two wonderful groups has allowed me to help other students around campus and has helped me develop important leadership skills for the future. When I am not volunteering, working, or studying, I enjoy reading and listening to music.
I have been given the opportunity to be involved in leadership roles for quite a while. Prior to my experiences at East Carolina University, I served in an active leadership role as the Senior Patrol Leader of my local Boy Scout troop, Troop 125 of Angier, NC. I achieved scouting’s highest rank of Eagle Scout just before beginning my ECU adventure last year. In the past year at East Carolina University, I served as a mentee in the Walter and Marie Williams Leadership Awards Program. I am pleased to have been given the opportunity to serve the Williams Program once again this year in a mentoring role. I also helped to conceive the idea of having a Russian Culture Club at East Carolina and along with the help of my friends set out on making this dream a reality. I served the Russian Culture Club last year as its vice president and I have high hopes for its growth in the years to come. Last year I was also inducted into two different leadership based honor societies, Gamma Beta Phi and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, based on both my leadership skills and academic success. As an East Carolina student I take my education very seriously and, through a lot of hard work and commitment to my studies, managed to earn a 4.0 GPA for both the fall and spring semesters. I am double majoring in Biology and Chemistry with aspirations to one day attend an Optometry school to train to become an Optometrist. My personal viewpoint on leadership is deeply rooted in service. I believe one of the greatest sources of happiness in life can be found in cheerfully reaching out to others. Rather than having a one-dimensional view of the servicer helping his or her cause, I feel that there is a lot to be gained by both parties. Both the servicer and their beneficiaries can gain a lot through their shared experience. My hope is that as a student at East Carolina University I can use my experiences to engage in a rich leadership environment in which I can pass on my knowledge of leadership to others.
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