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Elite Pirates Feature

Name: Ann Schafer
Age: 21
Grade: Senior
Hometown: South Bend, Indiana
Major: Theatre arts, with a minor in sociology
Favorite place on campus: The fountain
Favorite website: www.twitter.com
Professor who has influenced you the most: Robert Caprio
Favorite book: Water for Elephants
Role model: My mom
Hobbies/Interests: Lacrosse, music, scrapbooking, and acting

As an Indiana native, Ann Schafer is used to people asking her how she ended up at East Carolina University. For Schafer, the answer is simple.

"My mom is an ECU alumna, so I wanted to attend college in North Carolina," said Schafer. "When I visited ECU for the tour, I knew as soon as I stepped on campus, this was the right place for me. I didn't need to visit other schools because I could see myself here."

When Schafer found out she was accepted to the Elite Pirate program, she started screaming and jumping up and down.

"I was so excited that I immediately told my mom and started texting my friends to let them know I was accepted," said Schafer. "This is something I have worked really hard for, and it is a full circle accomplishment of everything I've done."

When asked to describe the Elite Pirates, Schafer calls them "leadership ambassadors."

"We each have our own personal leadership experiences, whether in the activities we have participated in or through our majors," said Schafer. "We have that ability to articulate our leadership experience to others."

Schafer has gained much of her leadership experience through working in housing at ECU and serving as an orientation assistant. She started off on the executive board of the residence hall association and is now a resident advisor. She has been an orientation assistant for two summers and calls it the "best experience ever."

"I know coming to college can be a hard transition, especially when so many of the students are far from home," said Schafer. "I have enjoyed being a resource and being there as support for the students."

Through these experiences at ECU, Schafer has found a passion for working with college students and helping them to develop leadership skills and to grow both as students and people. After she graduates in May, Schafer plants to attend graduate school in higher education and student affairs to pursue this passion.

"I love working with college students in general," she added. "College is an adjustment and a struggle for many people, and I want to be there to help guide the students to become great leaders."

Schafer is truly a proud Pirate. In fact, she said that everything about ECU makes her proud! One of the characteristics of ECU that encourages her is the strong sense of community.

"Everybody is always looking out for each other because we all know that we are Pirates," she said. "We love Purple and Gold, and we support each other no matter what."

No matter where she goes after graduation, Schafer knows that she will take that strong sense of community and Pirate pride with her.

"I will have Pirate Pride until the day I die," she said. "ECU has given me the best experience I could have imagined and more. I love being a Pirate!!"