What made you choose ECU?
I was really drawn to the small class sizes here. I didn’t want to attend an institution that had class sizes upwards of 100 because I felt like I would get lost in the crowd. I knew I would flourish with one-on-one attention at a smaller program. I’m also the type of person who enjoys meeting with a professor during office hours to sit down and talk about a concept. ECU gives its students that opportunity, and even now as a third-year student, I know I can still go talk to my first-year professors.
What are some of the things you are proud of at ECU?
The Brody School of Medicine has a stellar reputation (Top 10 for primary care in the nation!) The school prides itself on a small student to faculty ratio and how much the faculty takes time to interact with each student. The facilities and resources available are fantastic. If one person cannot answer your question, they know of two or three other people to ask until you get an answer. In talking with students at other institutions, they exist in very cutthroat environments. ECU students thrive upon helping one another, ensuring that the team succeeds and no individual is left behind.
What is your best ECU memory?
During orientation week, we went through a ropes course. This environment allowed us the opportunity to get to know our fellow classmates beyond a superficial level. We were in tight quarters, collaborating, and depending on people we had just met. I've maintained great relationships with those individuals during my time here at Brody. At the end of the week, we participated in the Brody School
of Medicine White Coat Ceremony, which summed up what brought this diverse group of people together—the realization that our long sought-after goal of becoming medical students was finally a reality.
Tell me more about being a medical student at East Carolina University.
The Brody School of Medicine is an excellent place to be, and ECU really has a great support system. I remember feeling the impact of this support when I first came in for my interview. I met two medical students that day, and they were so supportive of each other. I could tell that the camaraderie here was special. We have formed a tight-knit family, and we help each other all of the time. It’s always a great feeling to know that I am not in this by myself and to know that I have people who truly care about me.
What is your dream job?
My dream job is to be an ophthalmologist. I went into medicine originally thinking I wanted to be an OB/GYN. I was a doula in undergrad, which is like a birth assistant. But, when I got into medical school, I realized that the medical aspect versus the nurse practitioner or midwife aspect is very different. I then realized that I enjoyed learning about the eyes. This branch of medicine offers more of an immediate gratification. For example, the doctor can remove cataracts or do surgery to correct a lazy eye. Ophthalmology is just so fascinating to me.