A Pirate’s Life For Me

Keep Calm & Go Pirates

Picking a college that is the right fit can be stressful. How do you know which one is best for you? It is easy to become overwhelmed by the letters from colleges across the country stating why their college is number one or by the pressure from your parents to make a decision that will impact the rest of your life.  But I thought senior year of high school is supposed to be a breeze, right?

The first step to making the all important college choice is to BREATHE. Many individuals before you have been stuck at the same crossroad. While doing endless research on every school, creating extensive pro/con lists, and talking to your guidance counselor can all be very helpful it is important to breathe and go with your instinct.

I remember the fall of my senior year of high school.  The thought of choosing a college horrified me. I was not ready to grow up and did not want to think about what I was doing next month much less the next four years of my life. Reluctantly, I began to tour college campuses.

The day I came to East Carolina’s campus I felt no different than the days I toured any other school. I was more concerned about my high school’s big game than what ECU had to offer. The second I stepped foot on campus that all changed.

I instantly felt comfortable. I did not feel like an outsider looking in on other people’s lives. The small town feel, stunning campus, and multitude of students going about their daily lives suddenly made me have an open mind and actually listen to what my tour guide was saying.

She told me about the wide variety of majors, over 300 student organizations, and activities that would make my college years the best of my life. I knew at that moment it was a Pirate’s life for me.

I became a member of the freshmen class at East Carolina University in 2010. I am a hospitality management major with a concentration in lodging management (after changing my mind a couple of times). I decided to make the most of my experience and get involved. Currently, I am the President of the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality, Omicron Delta Kappa member, and the campus ambassador for Hyatt Hotels Corporation. I also give tours on campus for the Admissions Office so I can share my Pirate Pride with prospective students.

Four years later I am now in the fall of my senior year of college. Like you, I am also planning the next chapter of my life. My advice to you, go with your gut. You will know which college is right for you. Throughout the year, I will document the remainder of my college experience here at East Carolina University.

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