How has being a Pirate changed you?
Being a Pirate has helped me become a leader. In high school, I never had leadership roles. But, as soon as I came to ECU, I wanted to be involved, be a part of the university, and make an impact on campus.
What would you tell a prospective student about ECU?
ECU is a beautiful place that helps students not only with their education, but also gives them a chance to grow into leaders. They will have the opportunity to be a voice for other students who are afraid to speak up. ECU is a home away from home and coming here will be a positive, life-changing experience that they will never forget. Being at ECU really helps you become a better person.
Tell me a little about your leadership roles.
I am the vice president of my sorority, Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. I founded the sorority with six other girls my freshman year. We are the first Latina sorority on campus. We focus on educating the community, doing fundraisers, and academics. I never really embraced my culture in high school. Now, I truly appreciate my culture and I love being Latina, and this is why I was interested in founding the sorority. I think everyone should embrace their own cultures as well.
Tell me about your best ECU memory
I was in an exercise 1000-jogging class my first semester at ECU. One day we ran to the ECU football stadium and had to jog to the highest bleacher. At first I was dreading the run, and I thought to myself, "This is going to be difficult and tiresome." But I pulled through, used all my energy, and ran to the very top of the stadium. It was really hard, but when I finished the run, I turned around to see our beautiful stadium. Something hit me as I stood up there huffing and puffing. It made me realize that my journey in college is going to be difficult. It’s not going to be easy, and there are going to be times when I want to quit. But, as I stood up there, I felt victorious. I saw myself one day graduating from ECU in that same football stadium. This experience showed me that no matter how hard college gets, I can’t just give up because it will be so rewarding in the end when I graduate.
What is something about ECU you wish everyone could experience?
I wish everyone could experience a home football game because you see that the students have so much pride. I want everyone to experience that feeling of being so proud that you are crazy about your school and want to show it off to everybody.
Anything else you want people to know about you?
I have a research assistantship with my psychology professor, Dr. Scott Methe. We are researching school psychology, specifically children with learning disabilities. This is my first research position, and I am excited about the opportunity. This experience will really help me learn more about how to conduct research, which will be vital for my future as I prepare for graduate school and my career.