Rising junior EC Scholar Ananya Koripella (B.S. Public Health Studies, B.A Hispanic Studies) checks from her summer travel after completing a medical fellowship in Greece:
Rising junior EC Scholar Ananya Koripella during her medical fellowship in Greece this summer.
“As you know, I stayed in Athens for three weeks as part of the Atlantis Program. I was shadowing doctors at three different hospitals. It was so much fun! I saw different things from a coronary artery bypass to a live birth and c-sections to orthopedic tumor removals to pediatric refugee patients who had measles and chicken pox! I met all kinds of different people too. There was a patient from Romania who had the most interesting stories and used to live literally 20 minutes from Count Dracula’s castle and now I really want to go there so bad. He had pins in his hand because he crushed two fingers in an accident and didn’t even flinch one bit when the doctor was pulling them out.
Rising junior EC Scholar Ananya Koripella enjoys some free time while in Greece for a medical fellowship.
I’ve had more gyros and souvlaki than I can count; Tzatziki Sauce in Greece >>>>>> Tzatziki Sauce in the USA! I got to go to a lot of different places too! Literally, a half hour after I arrived at my apartment in Athens, my project coordinator took us all the way up to the Acropolis to see the Parthenon. The program took us to Sounion, a coastal city where the Temple of Poseidon is located. They also took us to Delphi known for the Temple of Apollo and the Oracle. On our own, the other fellows and I went to Aegina, one of the islands of Greece and to the Mykonos. I had a wonderful, wonderful time! There is still so much left on my list of stuff I want to see and places I want to go to, I’m definitely going to go back to Greece when I can! I’ve got over a thousand pictures on my laptop that I took with my Canon camera, I’ll definitely show you some more when I see you both in August!
Ciao for now!”
Rising junior EC Scholar Ananya Koripella in Greece this summer.
Junior EC Scholar Meghan Lower experiences a job interview simulation i the Mursion Lab.
Junior EC Scholar Meghan Lower reflects on her experiences using the Murion Lab at the ECU College of Education.
Lower reacts to the avatar’s comment during her mock job interview in the Mursion Lab.
My first experience with Mursion was through a simulated job interview. Even though I used the word simulated, I certainly did not feel as if it was a simulation. The interview was very authentic, as I received personalized feedback in real time as if were a real interview. The avatar that interviewed me had appropriate gestures and body language that reflected what it was saying. Honestly, the authenticity of the technology caught me off guard a little at first. I did not predict the capabilities of Mursion would be as extensive as they were. It is truly like you are conversing with another human in an interview setting — an experience many undergraduates do not have before stepping into a real interview.
Another attraction of Mursion is its applications for education majors. Probably the most popular simulation of Mursion involves a classroom of five students. Each student in the class has their own story and personality — ones that accurately represent the types of students a teacher would interact with on a daily basis. A user can learn how to include the more introverted students into class discussions or how to control the more eager students from speaking out of turn. Having the opportunity to practice lessons and classroom management techniques before even stepping into a classroom is unprecedented. The more practice a teacher has before entering the classroom, the more comfortable and prepared they will be when they teach their students.
Mursion also goes beyond the classroom simulation to prepare future educators for other aspects of their job, such as engaging in a parent-teacher conference. It is these additional duties of a teacher that the majority of future educators do not have the chance to learn or experience before having to conduct one as a teacher. I highly recommend every education major, or anyone who will be interacting with children in their career, to utilize Mursion during their time at ECU.
Junior English Education major Makenzie Evans teaches a class using the Mursion Lab.
Mursion Opportunities Outside Education
For those outside of the education field, Mursion has multiple other simulations that can be applied to almost any major or career. Participants can interact with patients as a doctor, engage with a room full of business board members, or converse with customers in a hospitality management setting. Regardless of major, Mursion can provide the opportunity to experience these simulation environments to help prepare for almost anything!
–Meghan Lower, Junior EC Scholar, Science Education Major
Over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, 17 EC Scholars traveled to Charleston, South Carolina where they led a service project at the Ronald McDonald House, connected with East Carolina University alumni and reflected on their four-year journey together.
The annual senior impact trip also included an outing to Fort Sumter to learn more about the history of Charleston.
At the Ronald McDonald House, students cleaned, removed holiday décor, cleaned the food pantry, organized the linen closet and freshened up rooms.
The also painted an elephant face on a pop can tab collector. Ronald McDonald Houses nationwide collect pop tabs as a fundraiser.
The senior class described their time together as “entertaining, meaningful and rejuvenating,” said Dr. Diana Majewski, assistant director of the EC Scholars, who accompanied the students on the trip along with Dr. Todd Fraley, director of EC Scholars.
To view photos from the trip, visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ecuhonorscollege/albums/72157677587716551