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Elite Pirates Feature

Name: Kristen Everett
Age: 21
Grade: Senior
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Major: Public Health
Favorite place on campus: Laupus Library breezeway
Favorite place to eat: Wasabi 88
Dream job: A pediatric physician working at a teaching hospital and teaching medical students
Professor who has influenced you the most: Dr. Michael Bassman
Role model: My mother
Favorite movie: 27 Dresses
Favorite author: Nicholas Sparks

Senior Kristen Everett said that her leadership experience began her sophomore year when she sat on the executive board of her honor society. She is currently the president of Golden Key Honour Society and the vice president of leadership for Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society.

According to Everett, community support has enhanced her leadership experience.

“It really helps to have people to believe in you, especially when the members of your organization believe in you,” she said. “That support gave me the extra push I needed to strive for higher leadership roles within my organizations.”

Everett said these experiences have taught her the leadership skills she will need in her future career, especially with gaining more confidence.

“Having leadership responsibilities has broken me out of my shell and helped build my professionalism. Sometimes I may feel nervous when I am in a situation where I have to speak in front of important people such as professors,” she said. “But as a leader, I have learned how to approach people and to be confident in what I am saying.”

When she got the call about her acceptance into the Elite Pirates, Everett said she felt a great sense of accomplishment. She is also excited about the new direction the program is moving towards, which focuses on one big service project, rather than individualized ones.

“I’ve always believed that you can do more with numbers, so if we are all working together on one project, it can be incredible,” she said. “When you have all hands on a specific area, you can do so much more.”

Everett has served as one of the leads on organizing the upcoming social justice symposium. She sees the symposium as a great opportunity for students to learn what actions they can take on campus to make a difference.

“Our speaker Dr. Jamie Washington will focus on the theme ‘What are You Waiting For?’ and he is going to emphasize how students can be active in social justice,” she said. “Sometimes it might feel like just one person can’t make a difference, but you really can. And that’s what we want students to learn.”

When Everett, who plans to attend medical school to become a pediatrician, first visited ECU, she immediately felt at home in the welcoming community.

“Here at ECU it’s like you are part of a family, and I just did not get that feeling at the other schools I visited,” she said.

Everett says that ECU has done so much to prepare her for her future career as a doctor, including the primary care physician-shadowing program where undergraduate students are able to shadow doctors. She also said that the research opportunities available are phenomenal.

“There are so many research opportunities, shadowing experiences, service experiences, leadership programs, and various organizations here at ECU,” she said. “It's all here, you just have to be active and engage in the opportunities.”