You were born and raised in London. How did you end up in Greenville, North Carolina?
I was actually in college in England. But one day I woke up and said, “Let’s try America.” I’d never been there. My father is American, my sisters and I were getting to the point where we were all going to start college, so we decided to all move here to go to school. I visited the state because my journalism teacher in high school was a UNC-Chapel Hill grad. While we were here, we went to the watermelon festival in Winterville, where I ran into a classmate of mine from eighth grade in Stuttgard, Germany. He was going to school here at ECU and said I should come here. If that isn’t odd enough, later learned that I know seven people here at ECU that I knew when I lived in Europe.
You've stated that Oprah Winfrey is a role model to you. She often gives advice to her audience. What advice would you give to a student thinking of coming to ECU?
Learn as much as you can in and out of the classroom. Don’t be afraid to meet new people—everyone has an interesting story to tell. Make sure you start off on the right foot. It is easier to maintain a high GPA than improve a bad one. Don’t believe everything you hear. Get familiar with Joyner Library—you’ll have to step foot in there sooner or later. Write a Pirate Rant once in a while. It’s fun! Save your money and don’t eat out so often. You’ll gain the ‘freshman 15’ in a week if you do. And finally, enjoy your time here. ECU is a great place to got to school and it is fun to be a Pirate!
What are some interesting facts about you?
I’m a military brat. I’ve traveled all over the world. I also speak German, Italian, and a little Yoruba. I have three sisters, one of whom is a fellow Pirate. I’m not afraid to speak my mind and I always believe in doing good even if people don’t do the same to you.