Student Profiles


Ethan Angell
Pre-Medical

Ethan is a December 2021 alum, first-generation college student, who earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Science. Ethan gained clinical experience by working as a medical scribe at a practice in Wilson and volunteering with Railcare Health. He spent significant time serving the Greenville community in a variety of settings, health-related and otherwise. Ethan discovered that gathering all the needed information for the application process and receiving feedback from others took longer than expect. He recommends creating a checklist of everything you need, limiting feedback to 3-5 people you trust, and research secondary prompts to prepare those essays ahead of time. Additionally, Ethan recommends keeping a journal of your experiences and reflections to continually answer why you want to be a doctor. Ethan prepared for the application process by listening to relevant podcasts and reading books. Read more about Ethan’s journey to the UNC School of Medicine below.

Ethan’s profile (PDF)


Bailey Gentle
Pre-Dental

Bailey is senior pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with minors in Public Health and Mathematics. Feeling overwhelmed with all that needed to be done in a short time frame, as a sophomore Bailey made out a list of everything he needed to do before applying to dental school and setting deadlines for each. He gradually marked things off the list and when the time came, he was ready to apply for dental school at the beginning of the application cycle. Bailey recommends shadowing as early as possible because it provides exposure to the field but also links you with someone who may be able to help you navigate the application process. Bailey emphasizes the importance of quality volunteer hours over quantity. Bailey closes with some great advice, “find your journey, respect your journey, and love it.” Read more about Bailey’s journey to the ECU School of Dental Medicine below.

Bailey’s profile (PDF)


Marc Granados
Pre-Dental

Marc is an ECU Alum who earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Health: Pre-Health Professions, in December 2022. He recommends getting certified as a dental assistant during a summer or working as sterilization/lab tech while in school to maximize your exposure to dentistry and clinical experiences. Marc was active in a variety of student organizations and co-founded Smile Squad, a service-based pre-dental organization. Marc volunteered in diverse settings which allowed him to meet people from all walks of life. Those experiences helped prepare him to work with patients. Marc created a spreadsheet to track all of his volunteer and shadowing experiences, which saved time when it came to applying to dental school. He was also fortunate to conduct research with Dr. Wanda Wright from the ECU School of Dental Medicine. Read more about Marc’s journey to the High Point University Workman School of Dental Medicine below.

Marc’s profile (PDF)


Kassidy Johnson
Pre-Pharmacy

Kassidy is a senior at ECU pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in International Studies. She recommends taking advantage of opportunities provided by ECU and looking for a mentor. Kassidy engaged in a variety of pre-professional activities, including research, early in her college career which made it easy to ask faculty for recommendations well in advance. This reduced some anxiety surrounding the application process. Kassidy shares that the greatest challenge was gathering all the information on classes and experiences over the last four years. She recommends creating a spreadsheet to track everything. Kassidy’s most rewarding experience was conducting her own research, having it published, and presenting at a conference. Read more about Kassidy’s journey to the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy below.

Kassidy’s profile (PDF)


Ben Juhl
Pre-Medical

Ben is a May 2024 graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He recommends mapping out a plan early so you can maximize your time and experiences. Ben knew that he wanted to spend a semester abroad so he met with advisors early to determine how to make that happen and the best time to do it (you can’t take medical prerequisites outside of the US). Ben took multiple sciences each semester to finish his MCAT prerequisites by the summer after his sophomore year. He spent that summer studying for the MCAT and took it before he left for Switzerland in the Fall. Ben had a variety of clinical, volunteer, and research opportunities, but his most meaningful experience was with Railcare Health which provided him with significant leadership and patient experience. Read more about Ben’s journey to the UNC School of Medicine below.

Ben’s profile (PDF)


Davis Roberts
Pre-Medical

Davis is a Fall 2023 graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Public Health. Davis had significant leadership experience by co-founding a fraternity and coordinating the most successful fundraiser on campus two years in a row. Davis recommends planning out the application process early and taking advantage of the resources on campus to help you. He also emphasizes the importance of prioritizing yourself and friends and family, stating, “We al only get one life, so do not miss out on an opportunity.” Read more about Davis’ journey to the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine below.

Davis’ profile (PDF)


Drew Varnell
Pre-Medical

Drew is a 2022 graduate with Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Biochemistry and a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry. Personal experience fostered Drew’s interest in medicine. He credits the Brody Ambassador Mentorship Program and Pre-Professional Advising as great resources in helping him prepare for the application process. Drew recommends building relationships with faculty early to better your chances of obtaining strong letters of recommendation. This can be challenging for introverts but it is important to make the effort. Drew worked as an EMT and volunteered as a health coach through the Fresh Start Program in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics to gain clinical experience. Drew shares that his most rewarding experience was stepping out of his comfort zone and going on a research field study in Canada. Read more about Drew’s journey to the UNC School of Medicine below.

Drew’s profile (PDF)


Xailyn Batista
Pre-Dental

Xailyn was first-generation college student  who earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Public Health, in 2022. Her personal experiences and struggles to access healthcare during childhood inspired her to pursue dentistry as a career. Xailyn hopes to be a change for those who are underserved and under-resourced. She has a variety of shadowing experiences in metropolitan and rural areas which provided great exposure to the field. Xailyn enjoys investing her time to help others. She served as a tutor and mentor in after-school programs, and volunteered regularly at the food bank and a dental clinic for uninsured patients. Xailyn recommends connecting with student organizations related to your field and campus resources, like the PPAC, that can help you navigate the path to professional school. She also highlights the importance of connecting with your professors. Read more about Xailyn’s journey to the ECU School of Dental Medicine below.

Xailyn’s profile (PDF)


Benjamin Coil
Pre-PA

Benjamin is a senior at ECU pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Public Health: Pre-Health Professions with a minor in Biology. He is successful at balancing a variety of activities with a rigorous academic schedule. Benjamin is certified as a nursing assistant and worked as a CNA in a skilled nursing facility and ECU Health Medical Center for over 1200 hours before applying to PA school. He’s active in several student organizations on campus and  holds leadership positions in the Pre-PA Club and Honors College Student Council. One of Benjamin’s most meaningful experiences is serving as a Resident Advisor where he has provided mentorship to others and watched them mature as people and professionals. Benjamin recommends logging your experiences as you go, starting the application process early, and building relationships as an undergraduate. Read more about Benjamin’s journey to the ECU PA program below.

Benjamin’s profile (PDF)


Mia Ferry
Pre-Med

Mia Ferry is a May 2022 graduate with a BS in Public Health: Pre-Health Professions and a minor in Science. Her favorite part of the journey to medical school is the relationships she built. Mia recommends getting outside of your comfort zone, being proactive about finding opportunities that interest you, and always reflect on your experiences and relate them to you “why medicine?” To stay organized, Mia created a spreadsheet to track hours of activities as she completed them. Mia volunteered as a health coach through the FreshStart program, coordinated by one of our Nutrition faculty. She also gained experience shadowing and volunteering as ECU Health (formerly Vidant Medical Center). Read more about Mia’s journey to the Wake Forest University School of Medicine below.

Mia’s profile (PDF)


Candice Killian
Pre-Dental

Candice Killian is a May 2023 graduate with a BS in Biology and BA in Psychology. Shadowing a variety of dentists led to being offered a job working in the front office. Having a better understanding of how a dental office is run was beneficial applying to dental schools. Candice was involved in Pre-Dental Honor Society, Smile Squad, and was an ECU Ambassador (a service organization for the university). Once of Candice’s most rewarding experiences was working as a Resident Advisor and working at Campus Rec and Wellness. Candice recommends saving money for testing and application fees as soon as possible. Read more about her journey to the University of New England College of Dental Medicine below.

Candice’s profile (PDF)


Olivia McBride
Pre-Med

Olivia is a 2021 ECU graduate with Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Nutrition Science with a minor in Psychology. She recommends saving money as an undergrad so you are prepared for the expense of applying to medical school when the time comes. Olivia had significant volunteer experiences in the Radiation Oncology Clinic at Vidant (now ECU Health), the marine life lab in the Dept. of Biology, and the Health Eating and Lifestyle Education for Diabetic Patients (HEALED) at the NC Dept. of Agriculture Cherry Research Farm. She also conducted research with Dr. Lauren Sastre in the Dept. of Nutrition Science and received and Undergraduate Research & Creativity Award for her work with the Farm to Clinic Initiative. Olivia’s most rewarding experience at ECU was working with the community and building everlasting friendships. She recommends finding things outside of school that will make you happy and enjoy life. Read more about Olivia’s journey to the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine below.

Olivia’s profile (PDF)


Joshua Mejia
Pre-Dental

Joshua is a 2022 ECU graduate who earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He developed an interest in dentistry early, but really began to focus his efforts on pursuing it as a junior in college. Joshua took a gap year to have more time to gain experience and prepare for the DAT. His patience and hard work paid off as he has received several offers of admission to dental school. Joshua is a first-generation college student and had no idea what was involved in the process. By connecting with the PPAC, and the Pre-Dental Honor Society, he got much needed guidance along the way. Joshua recommends preparing for the application process early and allowing plenty of time to study for the DAT. Find a routine and be detail-oriented. Read more about Joshua’s journey to dental school below.

Joshua’s profile (PDF)


Kaila Moore
Pre-Med

Kaila is a 2021 ECU graduate who earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She was a member of the Honors College and part of the Early Assurance Program to the Brody School of Medicine. Having older sisters in medical school helped Kaila know what she needed to do to prepare. While participating in UNC’s MED (Medical Education Development) Program, Kaila received two mentors who were first-year medical students who provided feedback regarding her application. Kaila recommends finding an organization to join, but do so for the right reasons. She was actively involved on campus and in the community in opportunities meaningful to her and participated in three different research programs. Kaila did a lot of self-reflection and shares great information about how to prepare, the application timeline, and how hard it can be to wait in silence to hear from schools. Read more about Kaila’s journey to the UNC School of Medicine below.

Kaila’s profile (PDF)


Neal Patel
Pre-Med

Neal is a 2021 ECU graduate who earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Health: Pre-Health Professions. His favorite part of the journey to medical school is meeting others with common goals and he cites “imposter syndrome” as the biggest challenge. Neal’s most rewarding experience while at ECU was volunteering at the hospice center and providing care to those in the final stages of life. It provides perspective on the importance of the human side of medicine. Neal highly recommends taking advantage of campus resources like Career Services and the PPAC for help with personal statements and interview preparation. He shares this great advice, “being able to convey your experiences into words allows you to show that you are a well-rounded individual.” Read more about Neal’s journey to the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine below.

Neal’s profile (PDF)


Hatcher Price
Pre-Dental

Hatcher is a 2021 ECU graduate who earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Health: Pre-Health Professions. Hatcher earned his Associates in Science from Martin Community College when he graduated from an early college. While he originally planned to go straight from undergrad to dental school, Hatcher reevaluated things during his senior year and decided to take a gap year. He works in a local pediatric dental office, in Greenville, where he gained valuable experience before applying. Hatcher is very service-oriented — while at ECU he was an ECU Ambassador and spent a lot of time volunteering with the Ronald McDonald House. He was also active in the Pre-Dental Honor Society and Smile Squad. While is can be challenging to balance of of your activities, Hatcher says “all of these things are essential to the growth and experience needed through the journey. While possible, it’s important to understand it won’t be easy, but the results will outweigh the struggles by far.” Read more about Hatcher’s journey to the ECU School of Dental Medicine below.

Hatcher’s profile (PDF)


Christian Smallwood
Pre-Med

Christian is an ECU alum who earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology: Exercise as Medicine, in 2020, and a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry in 2021. He came to ECU on a baseball scholarship with intentions to become a Physical Therapist. After shadowing, and dealing with his own injuries, Christian decided to pursue a career in medicine. COVID brought baseball to a halt, but provided Christian the opportunity to focus on gaining shadowing and clinical experience while finishing his prerequisite classes. Christian’s most significant volunteer experiences were with Babe Ruth Little League, Greenville Special Olympics, the Food Bank of ENC, Ronald McDonald House, and with the children’s ministry at his church. During his gap year (and a half), Christian managed a COVID testing clinic in Kinston, NC, and conducted research at the Brody School of Medicine. Christian offers a lot of great advice for pre-med students. Read more about his journey to the Brody School of Medicine below.

Christian’s profile (PDF)


Alisha Thomas
Pre-PA

Alisha is an ECU alum who earned a BS in Public Health Studies: Pre-Health Professions, in May 2021. While she did not intend to take a gap year (years), Alisha did so to obtain more patient care hours to become a more competitive applicant. She said the time off ended up being beneficial both professionally and personally. Alisha volunteered at Vidant Medical Center (now ECU Health Medical Center) as a patient transporter and family escort. She enjoyed connecting with individuals from the community. Alisha was engaged in a variety of activities on campus and conducted research with Dr. Eric Soule in the Health Behavior and Research Lab. Alisha provides the sage advice, “avoid comparison to other applicants’ stats. Comparison is a their of joy.” Read more about her journey to the Drexel University Physician Assistant Program below.

Alisha’s profile (PDF)


Raymond Tunoa-Scanlan
Pre-Dental

Raymond is an ECU alum who earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Health: Community Health and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, in July 2022. He recommends understanding why you are pursuing your chosen profession because it is a long, hard road and you need to be motivated. Raymond encourages taking advantage of the great campus resources like the PPAC, PASC, and Joyner Library, as well as finding a way to get involved socially. Student organizations are a great outlet for development leadership and communication skills. Raymond participated in many pre-dental activities hosted by ECU and UNC and was actively involved in several student organizations at ECU and played on the Club Rugby team. He also conducted research with a faculty member from the ECU School of Dental Medicine. Raymond is proof that if you work hard enough, you can make your dreams come true without a perfect transcript. Read more about his journey to Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry below.

Raymond’s profile (PDF)


Morgan Agner
Pre-Med

Morgan is an ECU alum who earned a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry with a minor in Hispanic Studies in December 2020. In May 2022, she completed a Graduate Certificate in Public Health Foundations and Practice, through the Brody School of Medicine. Morgan is a well-rounded student who was actively involved in a variety of experiences on campus and in the community. She volunteered at Vidant Medical Center (now ECU Health), served as a tutor at the Pirate Academic Success Center, studied abroad, served as the undergraduate chair for Pirates V Cancer, was a campus rep for the Atlantis Project, and worked as a medical scribe. Morgan was in several student organizations and held leadership roles on campus. She looked for volunteer opportunities that allowed her to combine her interests in healthcare and Spanish so she could serve underserved and marginalized populations. Morgan advises future applicants to prepare early, be adaptable, and enjoy the journey. Read more about her path to the Wake Forest School of Medicine below.

Morgan’s profile (PDF)


Baldwin Bell
Pre-Dental

Baldwin is a senior at ECU pursuing a BS in Biology with a minor in Public Health. He connected with student organizations early and made sure he was educated on the application preparation process. Baldwin advises students to prioritize their time and take advantage of all the resources and opportunities provided at ECU. Having a mentor at the dental school provided support and invaluable advice. Being a tutor for PASS (Pirate After School Scholars) was Baldwin’s most rewarding experience. It gave him the opportunity to connect with and educate local elementary and middle school students to help them improve their academic success. Read more about Baldwin’s journey to the ECU School of Dental Medicine below.

Baldwin’s profile (PDF)


Lindsey Clevenger
Pre-Dental

Lindsey is a senior at ECU pursuing a BS in Biology with a minor in Business Administration. She is a first-generation college student which made navigating the path to professional school more challenging. Lindsey joined pre-dental organizations, began shadowing and volunteering as much as possible, and kept in close connection with her advisor and dentist for advice. She recommends engaging in activities related to your career interest and strengthening your leadership skills, and notes that ECU provides a variety of opportunities for students to accomplish that. Read more about Lindsey’s path to the ECU School of Dental Medicine below.

Lindsey’s profile (PDF)


Davarion David
Pre-Dental

Davarion is a 2021 ECU alum with a BS in Public Health: Pre-Health Professions Concentration and a minor in African American Studies. The importance of oral health was instilled in Davarion early and dentistry was always a career of interest. When he came to ECU he immersed himself on as many pre-dental activities as possible. He recommends connecting with student organizations that align with your interests. Davarion overcame many obstacles to get where he is and shares that earning his degree was a great reward. Davarion is passionate about service to the community especially when it comes to helping children and youth. Read his full profile below to learn more about his journey to the UNC Adams School of Dentistry.

Davarion’s profile (PDF)


Michael Denning, Jr.
Medical Student

Michael entered ECU as a freshman having already completed an Associate of Arts and Associate of Science from Wake Technical Community College through an early high school program. He earned a BS in Public Health: Pre-Health Concentration (2018), and Masters of Business Administration with Health Care Management Certificate (2019), from ECU. In 2020, he earned a Masters of Public Health from Columbia University. Michael recommends “doing what you can, when you can, for who you can, as long as you can…(because) it is so critical to remember why you are here but also to care for those around you.” He also encourages continuing to foster relationships with your professors as your progress through your education, especially if you plan to take gap/growth years. This will make getting lettes of recommendation easier. Because Michael did not rush into medical school, he had time to be thoroughly involved in shadowing, volunteering, and research. Read more about his journey to the Brody School of Medicine below.

Michael’s profile (PDF)


Monica Eugenio
Pre-Dental

Monica is a 2021 ECU alum with a BS in Biology and minor in Forensic Science. Monica was involved in several pre-dental student organizations (USNDA and PDHS), volunteered and Vidant, and served the local community in a variety of ways. Monica recommends shadowing as much as possible and suggests “Dental Shadowers” and “Smile Shadowers” on Instagram if you are having difficulty finding in person shadowing because of COVID. She also advises not to procrastinate and utilize the resources on campus to help you. Read more about Monica’s journey to the Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health below.

Monica’s profile (PDF)


Luke Fogarty
Pre-Dental

Luke is an EC Scholar who will graduate in May 2022 with a BSBA in Management with a minor in Science. Luke connected with the PPAC before graduating from high school and checked in every semester to make sure he was on the right track. Being actively engage with the PPAC provided a better understanding of the dental school application process and helped him network with current dental school students. Luke had several opportunities to immerse himself in other cultures which helped with his understanding of the human condition and barriers to affordable healthcare. His diverse service and leadership experiences, as well as research oral health literacy, set him apart from other applicants. Read more about Luke’s path to the ECU School of Dental Medicine below.

Luke’s profile (PDF)


Zachary Griffin
Pre-Dental

Zachary is a May 2022 grad with a BS in Biology and minor in Business Administration. Growing up in a rural, coastal town in eastern North Carolina, Zachary is aware of the need for accessible and affordable dental care in rural and underserved areas. He developed an interest in dentistry in high school and volunteered at an NC MOM Clinic before coming to ECU. That solidified his career choice. Zachary was active in SGA, Pre-Dental Honor Society, and Ducks Unlimited at ECU. He devotes a lot of time serving his local community and volunteering at his church where he enjoys being a role model for those younger than him. Read more about Zachary’s journey to the ECU School of Dental Medicine below.

Zachary’s profile (PDF)


Rachael McWilliams
Pre-Occupational Therapy

Rachael is a senior at ECU pursuing a BS in Biology. Because she came in with significant AP credit, Rachael is graduating in three years. It was crucial that she connect with her Pre-OT advisor right away because she was the first in her family to pursue graduate education. Rachael says “seeing the level of support that ECU faculty and staff provide for their students” is rewarding. To stay organized, Rachael created a spreadsheet to track requirements for each school she was interested in and color coded tasks based on completion. She advises that interviews should be a two-way conversation. It is important that you not only sell yourself to the school, but ask questions to make sure the school is right for you. Read more about Rachael’s path to the Duke University Doctorate of Occupation Therapy program.

Rachael’s profile (PDF)


Naisha Mercury
Pre-Law

Naisha is a senior at ECU pursuing a BS in Health Services Management. She came to ECU knowing that she wanted to become a medical malpractice lawyer so she carefully selected Health Services Management knowing that it would provide a foundation in the business side of health care. Naisha is active on campus serving as a Residence Hall Advisor and Pirate Navigator and holding leaderships role in the Future Healthcare Executives and Student Conduct Board. She is also a member of the Pre-Law Society. Naisha conducted research on Implicit Bias Against Patients in Healthcare, shadowed attorneys, and completed an internship with ECU Physicians. She recommends starting off strong academically and studying for the LSAT early. Read more about Naisha’s journey to Elon School of Law below.

Naisha’s profile (PDF)


James Moore
Pre-PA

James is a 2010 ECU alum with a BS in Biology. He earned an MS in Physiology from NC State University, in May 2021. James’ journey to PA school is unique and proves that hard work and determination pay off, as well as the fact that there are multiple ways for students to achieve the same goal. He emphasizes the importance of having a strong work ethic and focusing your efforts on earning a strong undergraduate gpa. James worked as a CNA, shadowed PAs, did research, and still found time to have a little bit of a social life. Read more about James’ journey to Rutgers PA Program below.

James’ profile (PDF)


David Murray
Pre-Med

David is an ECU alum who earned a BS in Biology with a Molecular and Cell Biology concentration, in July 2020. David compares preparing for medical school to preparing for a race. You have to train and condition yourself for maximum results. It is important to understand that you will need to make sacrifices to achieve your goal. David advises to take hard classes early and don’t slack off in the summers. Use that time to begin studying for the MCAT. He also recommends never passing up an opportunity to establish a relationship with a physician. David is very service-oriented both and devoted many hours in Fayetteville and Greenville. He also conducted research in the chemistry department. Read more about David’s journey to the Brody School of Medicine and becoming a Brody Scholar (Brody’s highest scholarship)!

David’s profile (PDF)


Abigail Ormond
Pre-Audiology

Abigail is an Honor’s College Chancellor’s Fellow who will graduate, in May 2022, with a BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences and a BA in Psychology. Abigail’s favorite aspect of applying to graduate schools was the opportunity to learn more about the field.Talking with other programs helped her be confident in her choice to remain at ECU. Abigail recommends planning early and being organized. She says her biggest challenge was preparing for the GRE — especially math because it had been several years since taking a math class. Abigail advises to take advantage of the great resources on campus, get involved, and be confident and proud of what you have accomplished. Learn more about Abigail’s path to the Clinical Doctorate of Audiology at ECU below.

Abigail’s profile (PDF)


Joyel Puthuparampil
Pre-Dental

Joyel is an Honor’s College Chancellor’s Fellow who will graduate, in May, with a BS in Biology
(Cell & Molecular Biology Concentration), BA in Chemistry, and an Entrepreneurship Certificate. He held a variety of leadership positions on campus, was active in relevant student organizations, conducted research, and played intramural soccer. Joyel advises creating a plan to achieve your goals and completing some shadowing and volunteering every month so by the time you apply, you will have plenty of experiences to discuss. Joyel also emphasizes the importance of taking care of your physical and mental well-being. Read more about Joyel’s journey to the ECU School of Dental Medicine below.

Joyel’s profile (PDF)


Matthew Russell
Pre-Dental

Matthew Russell is a 2021 ECU alum with a BS in Exercise Physiology. He is currently completing a graduate certificate in Healthcare Administration. Matthew knew he was interested in something health-related but discovered his passion for dentistry as a junior, so he planned for a gap year to give himself plenty of time to prepare. As a student-athlete (Track and Field/Cross Country), Matthew found a good balance between academics, his sport, shadowing, volunteering, and research. He recommends prioritizing your application over everything else when the time comes. Read more about Matthew’s journey to the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine below.

Matthew’s profile (PDF)


Georgia Sasser
Pre-OT / Pre-Research

Georgia Sasser is a May 2022 grad with a BS in Rehabilitation Services and a BA in Psychology. She was a Chancellor’s Fellow in the Honors College and graduated Summa Cum Laude. Georgia came to ECU interested in pursuing a career in Occupational Therapy, but as she became more involved in different activities she found her true passion in health-related research. While she found shadowing Occupational Therapists very interesting, those experiences played a role in helping Georgia realize she was not as interested in direct patient treatment as she originally thought. Georgia worked as an intern and research assistant in the Pediatrics Department at the Brody School of Medicine where she wrote and published academic projects, and worked on industry-sponsored and grant-funded clinical trials. Georgia advises to “trust your gut” and not being afraid to change your plans — “it’s better to pursue your real passions now than put years of your life and possibly a lot of money into a career that you know won’t make you happy.” Read more about Georgia’s journey to The Ohio State University and her great advice for preparing for graduate school below.

Georgia’s profile (PDF)


Ishani Shelat
Pre-Optometry

Ishani is a senior at ECU pursuing a BS in Biochemistry and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship. Ishani engaged in activities to explore her interests early in college. She recommends shadowing professionals in the field as soon as possible to determine if it is a good fit for you. Ishani is active on campus in a variety of academic, service, and social organizations which helped strengthen her leadership skills and allowed her to create positive change in the community. Ishani provides great insight saying, “Find unique things you love doing, focus on youu, make your application shine and your dreams will follow.” Read more about Ishani’s journey to the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University.

Ishani’s profile (PDF)


Caleb Smith
Pre-Dental

Caleb Smith earned a BS in Exercise and Sport Science from Campbell University in 2018. He completed Pre-Dental post-bac courses at ECU from Jan 2019-July 2020. Caleb took advantage of every program and resource offered to him. He thrived networking with like-minded students and was very active on campus. Caleb is very community-oriented and strives to bridge the gaps in health disparities by improving access to dental care. He recommends doing research on school options early and being organized throughout the application/preparation process. Read more about Caleb’s journey to Howard University College of Dentistry below.

Caleb’s profile (PDF)


Rachel Watkins
Pre-Med

Rachel, and Honor’s College Chancellors Fellow, is a May 2022 graduate with a BS in Biochemistry and a minor in Mathematics. She came to ECU knowing she wanted to be a physician so she was intentional about focusing on academics before pursuing other activities. Once Rachel was comfortable with managing classes and studying, she chose meaningful activities to be involved with long-term. Her service and health-related extracurricular activities have been her favorite part of the journey to medical school. Rachel finds fulfillment is helping others and found opportunities for service she was passionate about. Rachel provides great advice regarding resources and preparation for the medical school application process. Read more about her journey to the
UNC School of Medicine below.

Rachel’s profile (PDF)


Alexis Vivien
Pre-Dental

Alexis is a 2021 alum with a BS in Public Health: Community Health Concentration. Alexis prepared for dental school by surrounding herself with like-minded peers. She did this by joining pre-dental student organizations on campus. Alexis planned a gap year and is spending it as a volunteer through the National Health Corps in Jacksonville, FL. She serves as the dental eligibility coordinator at a dental clinic. Alexis recommends using the Pirate Academic Success Center if you need help with your science courses. Read more about her journey to Tuft’s School of Dental Medicine below.

Alexis’ profile (PDF)


Bina Amin
Pre-Med

 Bina is an ECU alum with a BS in Biology and BA in Hispanic Studies. She was in the Honors College and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2019. Bina’s most rewarding experience was studying abroad in Ecuador, where she learned to live alone, navigate a foreign country, and immerse herself in another culture. This experience prompted her to add on Hispanic Studies as a second major. After graduation, Bina spent a service year working for Med-Serve through AmeriCorps. She recommends applying when you are ready rather than trying to fit things into an unrealistic timeline. Additionally, Bina mentions the importance of having a strong support system. Read more of her great advice below.

Bina’s profile (PDF)


Diego Carreño
Pre-Med

Diego is an ECU alum with a BS in Public Health Studies: Pre-Health Professions (2016) and a BS in Biology with a concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology (2018). He has almost five years of experience working as an emergency room scribe in Goldsboro and participated in a variety of pre-med programs. Diego recommends engaging in shadowing, volunteering, and research early. He also emphasizes the importance of networking with professors, professionals in the field, and other pre-professional students (regardless of their career path). For more great advice, read Diego’s full profile below.

Diego’s profile (PDF)


Catherine Gray
Pre-Med

Catherine graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Public Health Studies: Pre-Health Professions in 2017. Her focus and diligence set her up to graduate a semester early. A planned gap (18 months) turned into a longer gap (3 years), but provided Catherine time to gain valuable experience to be a more competitive applicant during the COVID application cycle. She has multiple research, shadowing, and volunteer experiences, as well as work experience as a scribe. Catherine recommends having a plan early but being easy on yourself if you need to make adjustments. Read more about Catherine’s journey to medical school below.

Catherine’s profile (PDF)


Raye’Anna Hoff
Pre-Dental

Raye’Anna graduated in May 2021 with a BA in Chemistry and minor in Hispanic Studies. Raye’Anna was a founding member of the Undergraduate Student National Dental Association (USNDA) which became a very active student organization that provides minority students the opportunity to network, foster mentorship, advocate for a diverse health force, and decrease oral health disparities locally by providing outreach to the community. Raye’Anna recommends getting involved in activities and networking early, and taking advantage of all the free resources provided by ECU. Read more about her journey to dental school below.

Raye’Anna’s profile (PDF)


Sydney Lewis
Pre-Dental

Sydney is a senior pursuing a BS in Public Health: Pre-Health Professions and minors in Science and Leadership Studies. Her favorite part of the journey is meeting like-minded students pursuing the same goal and professionals in the field of dentistry. Sydney recommends taking advantage of campus resources and gathering DAT study materials early. Read her profile below for more great advice on preparing for professional school!

Sydney’s profile (PDF)


Mikayla Luke
Pre-Med

Mikayla is a senior pursuing a BS in Public Health: Pre-Health Concentration with a minor in Music. One of her most rewarding experiences is her job as a Pirate Navigator (campus tour guide) which allowed her to strengthen her communication skills and share her passion for ECU. Mikayla says preparation is important, but so is a healthy work-life balance. Her music endeavors provide a creative way to relieve stress and serve others. Read her profile below for more great recommendations on preparing for med school.

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Justice Obasohan
Pre-Med

Justice graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Public Health Studies: Pre-Health Professions, in 2019. He balanced academics, shadowing, and volunteering while playing basketball for the Pirates. Justice says “small, daily, and consistent efforts over time compound into radical outcomes.” He does not have any family or friends who are physicians but through a summer enrichment experience was about to network to gain an impressive variety of shadowing. During his gap years, Justice conducted research for the ECU Department of Public Health and the National Institute for Health/National Human Genome Research Institute. Read more of Justice’s great advice below.

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Rebecca Sarpong
Pre-Pharmacy

Rebecca graduated with a BA in Chemistry and minor in Science, in May 2021. She worked as a Pharmacy Technician at CVS and was active in several student organizations including ECU Ambassadors, Pre-Pharmacy Club, and Queen in You. Rebecca served as Vice-President of the Pre-Pharmacy Club her senior year. She also conducted research on how students learn biological concepts and how to improve that knowledge. Rebecca’s favorite part of the journey to pharmacy school are the connections she made along the way. She recommends taking advantage of community of support at ECU. Read more about her journey to pharmacy school below.

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Dana Shefet
Pre-Med

Dana is senior, EC Scholar, pursuing a BS in Public Health: Pre-Health Concentration with minors in Mathematics and Nutrition Science. She has been actively engaged in a variety of activities, since freshman year, that helped solidify her career choice. Dana began research in the FEED (Food-based Early Education) Lab as a freshman which provided her a unique opportunity for clinical experience. Her most rewarding experience was an internship at the British Heart Foundation in London. Dana recommends utilizing Career Services early so you are well-prepared to apply for opportunities that arise. Read more of Dana’s great tips in her profile below.

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Breanne Smith
Pre-Dental

Breanne is a senior pursuing a BS in Biology with a concentration in Cell & Molecular Biology and a minor in Psychology. She is a well-rounded student involved in a mix of meaningful academic, volunteer, and extracurricular activities. Breanne highly recommends joining the Pre-Dental Honor Society and being as involved as you. She was fortunate to find a dental internship for the summers which provided great exposure to the field. Breanne applied as early as possible — that paired with her competitive application really paid off as she received five interviews and admission at all five schools.

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Alexander Turner
Pre-Med

Alex Turner graduated from ECU in December 2019, Magna Cum Laude, with a BS in Neuroscience and a BA in Psychology. He successfully balanced classes, research, shadowing, and volunteering, all while playing football (and serving as captain his last two seasons). Alex was a leader in the SAAC (Student Athletic Advisory Council) where he advocated for more awareness of mental health issues. He enjoys volunteering and says “that’s how you show that you care.” Alex was co-founder of the Elmhurst Elementary Gentleman’s Club — an after-school program for male, African-American students. Alex also conducted research on prostate cancer, with Dr. Johanna Hannan, and just recently had his findings published in the Journal of Neurourology and Urodynamics. Read more about Alex’s journey to medical school below.

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Arden Vessie
Pre-Med

Arden is an ECU alum who earned a BS in Biochemistry, Biology concentration, with a minor in Hispanic Studies, in 2019. She recommends not being afraid to take a gap year (or more). Arden began preparing for the application process as a freshman, but did not feel ready senior year, so she took two gap years which allowed her to gain valuable clinical experience as an EMT, save money for medical school, and develop healthy, self-care habits that will sustain her through medical school. Arden also shares great advice on how to approach the MCAT. Read more about her journey to medical school below.

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Kensley Wyatt
Pre-Pharmacy

Kensley is a senior pursuing a BA in Psychology with a Composite Natural Science minor. Her favorite part of the journey is realizing the strengths she’s gained academically and professionally during the process. Kensley notes that most professional school curriculum build off topics learned as an undergraduate so it is important to take advantage of resources that help you retain that information. Kensley graduates in Spring 2021 and was admitted Early Decision for a dual degree in Pharmacy (PharmD) and Masters in Public Health at Campbell University.

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Laura Bauza-Davila
Pre-Dental

Laura is a 2020 graduate with a BS in Public Health: Pre-Health Professions who was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, but moved to Greenville as a child. Getting to really know herself was her favorite part of the journey to dental school, and the interviews were Laura’s favorite part of the application cycle because it allowed her to show others why she was so passionate about dentistry.

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Alex Clark
Pre-PT

Alex is poised to graduate Summa Cum Laude, with a BS in Exercise Physiology, in May 2020. He was recognized as the Outstanding Graduate by the faculty in his department. Alex was accepted at an impressive number of Physical Therapy programs, but will remain a Pirate! He recommends getting involved early and finding meaningful experiences to strengthen your applicant profile.

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Hannah Clements
Pre-CSDI

Hannah is 2020 graduate with a BS in Speech & Hearing Sciences. Her favorite part of the application process for graduate school was visiting different schools and exploring the cities they are in. Hannah advises to keep an open mind when researching school options — you may be comfortable where you are, but it may be time for a new adventure.

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Nolan Davis
Pre-Med

Nolan is a 2019 graduate with a BS in Biology. Growing up in rural, eastern North Carolina, Nolan has witnessed the need for primary care physicians first-hand. His goal is to become part of the solution. Nolan’s advice to other pre-professional students is to be authentic by finding things that truly interest you rather than doing things to “check off boxes.”

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Joshua Fitzgerald
Pre-Law

Joshua is poised to graduate Magma Cum Laude, in Spring 2020, with a BS in Criminal Justice and a Minor in Political Science. He has been actively involved in a variety of activities on campus and acquired a job at law firm the summer after his sophomore year. Joshua recommends gaining exposure to your area of interest before committing to a professional school. Read his full profile below to learn more about his journey and how he received a full scholarship to Temple University School of Law.

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Imani Gilbert
Pre-Speech Pathologist

Imani graduated Magna Cum Laude, in May 2020, with a BS in Speech & Hearing Sciences and minors in Psychology and Human Development and Family Science. The most challenging part of the application process for Imani was essays and the personal statement. She says”selling herself on paper” is a skill and recommends going to the University Writing Center and Career Services for help. Imani’s most meaningful experience was facilitating a literacy camp on a study abroad in Belize during spring break. For more advice, read Imani’s full profile below.

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Haley Hildreth
Pre-Dental

Haley will complete a Masters of Science in Biology, in Spring 2020. She came to ECU after earning a BS in Biology from Western Carolina University. For Haley, the most challenging aspect of preparing for dental school was the planning. She knew she had to balance working full-time, with school full-time, and preparing for the DAT. Her advice is to know yourself and plan accordingly. Read Haley’s full profile below to learn more about her journey to dental school.

 

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Kendyll Holbdy
Pre-Dental

Kendyll is a 2019 graduate with a BS in Public Health. His most rewarding experience at ECU was creating life-long bonds and unforgettable memories with friends. Kendyll recommends saving money for the application process early!

 

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Eric Kristensen
Pre-Dental

Eric is a 2018 graduate with a BS in Public Health: Community Health. While at ECU he balanced academics and pre-dental activities with being Kicker on the football team. Eric recommends trying not to get discouraged by the lack of feedback and long wait for a decision. He also says there is no such thing as over preparing. When it comes to interviews, you have to be an expert on yourself and your application. Above all, just be yourself. Read more about Eric’s journey to UNLV School of Dental Medicine below.

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Aspyn Lee
Pre-Dental

Aspyn will complete a Masters of Physiology at NC State University, in May 2020. She earned a BS in Public Health: Pre-Health Professions from ECU, in 2018. Asypn recommends being kind to yourself during the process. Dental school is so competitive — don’t compare yourself to others. You are not defined your gpa or test score. Work hard, stay true to yourself, and don’t give up!

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Grace Lee
Pre-OT

Grace is poised to graduate Summa Cum Laude, with a BS in Health Services Management, in May 2020. She is thankful for the emphasis ECU places on service to the community and lists her own volunteerism as her most rewarding experience at the university. Grace had the opportunity to conduct research with faculty from the OT program. Read more about her journey below.

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Hanna Long
Pre-Med

Hanna Long graduated Summa Cum Laude, in May 2020, with a BS in Biochemistry and Chemistry. Her favorite part of the journey has been the enriching experiences she gained while shadowing. The patients and physicians reminded her why she is pursuing this path. Hannah’s advice to prosepctive students: Don’t be afraid to go around and ask questions. Other students are on the same, or similar, path. Plus, some students have already paved the way. You are not alone in this process because it is not designed to be done alone

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Melenis Lopez
Pre-Med

Melenis is a 2019 graduate with a BS in Public Health: Pre-Health Professions. She recommends establishing relationships with professors and other influential individuals early so that obtaining letters of recommendation will be easier when the time comes. Be strategic and intentional while keeping your focus on the end goal.

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Jennifer McMains

Jennifer McMains
Pre-Med

Jennifer is poised to graduate Summa Cum Laude, in Spring 2020 ,with a BS in Public Health: Pre-Health Professions with a minor in Science. She is actively involved in service, leadership, and research. Her most rewarding experience at ECU has been in leadership of Pirates Promoting Community Wellnes (PPCW) and connecting students with service experiences they otherwise would not have known about.

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