What made you choose ECU?
After attending a summer study session here with the Upward Bound Program my junior year, I felt right at home. Coming in as a freshman, it's vital to have an environment where you feel welcomed and your concerns are met. By far, ECU was the best fit for me. The faculty and administration were very welcoming and I loved the "at home, Southern” feeling ECU's campus expressed.
What is something about ECU you wish everyone could experience?
I wish everyone at ECU could experience being a part of Greek Life. It opens you up to endless possibilities and opportunities. To me, being Greek is more than just wearing your letters on the yard or participating in the latest social event. It's about representing your organization in the most positive and enriching way possible. A lot of people see being Greek only in the social context, but there is so much more to it than that. Being part of the Greek system teaches you proper communication skills, time management, networking, team building, public speaking, and much more. Becoming Greek helps pull out inner skills that you might not realize are there. Becoming Greek and representing my organization has helped polish my overall skills as a student, leader, and overall person.
What would you tell a prospective student about ECU?
ECU is the university that you will want to tell your grandchildren about when you grow old. You won't regret becoming a student here because the university has so much to offer on so many different levels. With the beautiful campus and "Southern Hospitality," you really can't go wrong! Any college experience is what you make it, but when you're a Pirate, you can make that experience even more worthwhile.
Upon graduating, what will you miss most about ECU?
I will miss all of the opportunities that ECU offers, especially all of the "student perks" like Pirate Palooza, Bingo Nights, Super Bowl giveaways, and Midnight Madness. Having these events really shows the students that the university appreciates them. It’s like ECU is telling its students, “Yes, you are part of our family, and this is what we are doing to show you our appreciation.”
You are participating in an internship this semester. Tell me more about that.
I am interning with Winterville Parks and Recreation. I am learning how to budget for different recreational programs, assign teams and coaches, and evaluate players for the upcoming baseball season. My internship allows me to take what I have learned from my previous classes and apply those lessons to the real world. Having an internship is an awesome opportunity because it really gets you out in the work field. We are here at ECU to learn the knowledge base of our chosen career, but having the opportunity to work in that field, gives you the experience you need to be successful.