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Welcome to the Honors College at East Carolina University
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The mission of the Honors College at East Carolina University is to prepare tomorrow's leaders through the recruitment, engagement, and retention of exceptionally talented students of character in a diverse intellectual living-learning community and to challenge them to attain high levels of academic achievement.

Review our prospective student information sheet to learn more about the outstanding opportunities and programs in the Honors College at East Carolina University.

Honors Seminar: Breaking the Boundaries of Race

By Tricia Malcolm

MalcolmLet me be clear, I did not expect to learn as much as I had from my Honors Seminar, Breaking the Boundaries of Race. I have never personally noticed any racial injustices, but I suppose I wasn’t looking. I understand now that I am privileged, and that I need to be more aware of what is going on around me.

Now I believe that I am, and that I could help others become aware too. This class has really enlightened me because it divulges into everyday racism, involuntary racism, and even racism against your own race. Regardless of those lessons, my classmates and I have learned to develop actual solutions for East Carolina University.

With the increasing levels of racial violence occurring not only on our campus, but within our nation, we have devised a strategy to combat these issues. Our strategy is to gather a collective of students from different backgrounds and groups on campus, such as The Indian Student Association, and bring them all together. This collective is known as Coming Together.

Although, we are not an official group in the eyes of East Carolina University just yet, we are moving forward with the paperwork. Anyone interested can join our Facebook group and become involved in our movement.

Honors College Students Receive Phi Kappa Phi Awards

Anna A. Lawrence awarded Eldean Pearce Graduate Fellowship for 2015-2016 Lawrence
Each year, the ECU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi awards the Eldean Pearce graduate fellowship, named for a former chapter secretary, to one senior student. The 2015-2016 winner is Anna A. Lawrence. She received a plaque and a check for $1,500 from the chapter at the annual initiation ceremony on April 17, 2016. In addition, Anna’s materials were sent to the national graduate fellowship competition by the chapter. Anna is a member of the Honors College and graduated in May with dual degrees in Hispanic Studies and Anthropology and a minor in Linguistics. READ MORE

Leela Goel named Outstanding Senior by ECU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Goel
The ECU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi recognized Leela Goel, an EC Scholar and member of the ECU Honors College, as the Outstanding Senior for 2015-2016. She received a plaque and a check for $1000 from the chapter at the annual initiation ceremony on April 17, 2016. Leela graduates in spring 2016 with a degree in biomedical engineering in the College of Technology and Engineering. Leela held several internships to help her define her research interests and goals. READ MORE

Glenesha Berryman named Outstanding First-Year Student by Phi Kappa PhiBerryman
Glenesha Berryman, an EC Scholar and member of the Honors College, has been recognized by the ECU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society, as the Outstanding First-Year Student for 2015-2016. She was awarded a plaque and a check for $500 from the chapter at the annual initiation ceremony on Sunday, April 11, 2016. Glenesha is from a military family is the first in her family to attend college. She made the journey to ECU from Seoul, South Korea, where she finished high school. Glenesha is pursuing a BS degree in English Education in the College of Education and a major in English with the Harriot College of Arts and Sciences. She has a passion for leadership, international relations and education advocacy and has been involved with the Honors College Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement. READ MORE

Preparing for the MCAT

By Jacylin Ticatic, Honors College senior

TicaticAfter three years of hearing about the dreaded four lettered test that pre-med students quiver at the sound of, it was my turn to take on the MCAT. After my first glance at my 7-book review package from Kaplan, I knew this venture would not be the easiest feat. This four part, computer-based test is used by medical schools to determine which medical school candidates will best fit their programs.

The breakdown of the MCAT is heavily science based, with three sections full of questions with elements from chemistry, biology, physics, psychology, sociology and biochemistry. The fourth section tests your ability to answer passage-based critical analysis and reasoning questions. Throughout the test, students are also tested on their ability to reason scientifically, in ways of research and statistics as well as on basic scientific concepts. After taking in what the MCAT was all about, I decided to take the plunge and begin studying.

When studying, I decided to take on the topics I found easiest first and start slow. Each day I’d set a designated time period where I’d sit and study from my Kaplan books. Slowly but surely, I made my way through the first three practice books and decided to take on a full practice exam to get a feel for the test. After taking this first practice test, I also realized that a huge part of studying for the MCAT is training your brain’s endurance level. Sitting in front of a computer for 6 hours and continually answering challenging questions is not a normal task for most college students. After I had this epiphany, as I continued studying I would also continually increase the time I spent sitting in silence and reading over the concepts of the test to train myself for the long day that was fast approaching.

The day before I took the MCAT, I felt as prepared as I could be and spent the day relaxing and slowly going over concepts for the last time. I highly advise to any soon to be MCAT sufferers to scope out the testing center the day before, so you can plan accordingly for travel time. It seemed all too fast, but soon enough I was walking into the Greenville Prometric Testing Center at 7:30 AM to finally take on the MCAT. After seeing some familiar faces I took my seat, and a few deep breaths, and took on the test that I’d been studying for all summer.

This isn’t a fairy tale ending though; when I received my scores back a month later I was disappointed with my results. At the time it seemed like the world was ending, but with the support of my friends and the faculty at the Honors College I was able to readjust my life plan and am now planning to take a gap year to strengthen my candidacy for medical school and retake the MCAT.

To any of the future MCAT takers reading this, this test will rock your world in both a great and terrible way but it does not define you as a person. You can and will conquer it in your own time, don’t lose your faith!