What made you choose ECU?
Before coming to college, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to major in, but I knew I wanted to do something in the health field. ECU really stood out to me because the university is well known for the excellent opportunities it offers for students interested in healthcare careers. In addition, ECU naturally felt like home to me because I am a true native of eastern North Carolina.
You want to go to medical school? Tell me more about that.
My major is exercise physiology. I am pre-med, and after graduating from ECU, I plan to get a master’s in biomedical science to help prepare me for medical school. Upon completion of graduate school, medical school, and residency, I want to become a pediatrician and start my own practice. I would like to have a partnership with a physician in geriatrics
because it would be very beneficial for both populations to be around each other in the same setting. I would also like to start a free clinic because I know how it is when people don’t have insurance or the means to travel for good medical care.
What is your best ECU memory?
My best ECU memory was being a part of Project MENTOR, a program designed to help overweight children between the ages of 11 to 16 adopt a healthier lifestyle. I had an opportunity to be a part of this program through one of my classes last semester. My fellow classmates and I were able to exercise with our mentees three times a week and counsel them on how to live healthier.
I mentored an extraordinary 13-year-old girl. I am really close to her and her mom now; they are like my second family. I still talk to her and encourage her to live a healthy lifestyle.
This was really a life-changing experience for me because it taught me a lot about myself and working with clients. I learned patience and discipline. This experience also helped me as far as cultivating my leadership skills and being a role model to my mentee.
What is something about ECU you wish everyone could experience?
Taking a sign language class. It is a wonderful skill to be able to communicate with the deaf and hearing impaired. My sign language classes have taught me a great deal about the deaf culture that I wouldn't have known beforehand. Taking sign language would enlighten people with more of an understanding of a deaf person's perspective on communication and also their feelings toward the hearing population. It is also a second language that could be beneficial to society if more people learned it.
Upon graduating, what will you miss most about ECU?
I will probably miss my friends the most. When I came to ECU, I had no idea I would develop such strong bonds with the friends I gained. Even though we’ve had our ups and downs, we share a lot of eventful memories that I wouldn’t trade for the world.