Ian McMillan is ready to hit the ground running when it comes to being a college freshman—alongside students just as motivated as he is.
The avid outdoorsman with a penchant for community service is eager to take hold of opportunities at ECU that will help him excel in academics, leadership and his many other passions.
McMillan, 17, of Greenville, will be one of 19 incoming freshmen entering ECU as EC Scholars—the most prestigious academic scholarship program the university offers. He currently attends D. H. Conley High School.
When he learned that he had earned a spot in the newest class of EC Scholars, McMillan thought about how he has the potential to grow because of his classmates. “I’ve always liked to surround myself with people with similar goals as myself,” he said. “I look forward to continuing that in my college career.”
McMillan plans to major in biology, although he is still mulling over both the direction of his studies and his career possibilities. “I have always been interested in the outdoors,” McMillan said. “I grew up in Arkansas and later here in North Carolina, and have been hunting and fishing my whole life. Biology seems like a good choice. I plan on taking advantage of any opportunities to expand my knowledge of possible career paths.”
He set his sights on ECU because of the wealth of prospects available through the Honors College, such as study-abroad trips and networking opportunities with professionals. Living and attending high school in Greenville also helped him make a decision. “I like the campus,” he said. “I’ve very familiar with it since I live here, and I liked all the opportunities that come with the Honors College.” Those amenities attracted him more than those that other North Carolina colleges offered, he added.
McMillan is an Eagle Scout and a member of the St. Peter’s Catholic Church youth group. In his spare time, he is active in the Pitt County Wildlife Club and participates in archery and marksmanship competitions.
Before coming to ECU, McMillan will spend the summer traveling, backpacking, fishing and rock climbing. He also will serve on a mission trip through his church.
When he comes to campus in the fall to begin his tenure as an EC Scholar, he hopes to not only succeed academically but also to build new friendships and relationships on campus that will help him hone the character traits he finds most important in himself.
“My values and morals are very important in my life,” McMillan said. “In college, I want to continue that in my interactions with people.” He also hopes to continue to practice his hobbies.
He is the son of Joe and Amy McMillan.
-- Spaine Stephens