Deciding where to go to college is a big deal. There are several things to consider when trying to find the school that will be the best fit for you. For some, it’s a no-brainer, but for others, there is a list of reasons why to pick one school over the rest. Let’s take a look at why some of our students chose to become Pirates!
For some people, it’s the availability of specific programs and their reputation. Freshman neuroscience major Adriana Meadows recently transferred to ECU for this very reason. “I chose ECU because they offered the major I wanted and I love the medical programs!” Meadows said. Senior political science major McKensie Roberson had similar reasons. “I chose ECU because it had a great political science program and helpful internships that I could get while in ECU so that when I head to law school, I will already have some experience,” Roberson said.
Ties to hometown communities also play a role in the decision-making process. Freshman music education major Brett Howard said that many of his teachers in school were ECU graduates and they had a tendency to be the best teachers as well as his favorites! Junior neuroscience major Emma Farmer mentioned that her sister attended ECU for her entire college career, so she was already familiar with the campus.
For junior communication major Olivia Rose, her decision changed once she visited campus. “I originally was set on going to another school to play softball...The moment I stepped on campus I realized that ECU was my place,” Rose said. Rose and Farmer both noted that ECU felt like their home away from home. A sense of belonging in a new place can positively impact your time spent there and your decision to be there. “Also, I chose ECU because of the atmosphere, especially on game days!” Roberson added.
ECU also offers several activities and groups outside of the classroom that attracts students. “I’ve seen music ensembles from ECU so much over time and they never cease to amaze me. I wanted to be a part of that,” Howard said. Roberson also mentioned that the Greek life at ECU caught her attention when looking at schools, and she ended up rushing Alpha Gamma Delta!
“I fell head over heels in love with everything about East Carolina despite knowing that this would be a brand new start for me,” Rose said.
Personally, I chose ECU for a mix of all of these reasons. The Pirate pride inside and outside of Greenville is a beautiful thing to be a part of. Through all of the stereotypes placed on ECU, the students love it for so many different reasons that grow and continue the love and Pirate pride even after graduation.