Biology with Biomedical Emphasis
“I am a Christian, married, non-traditional, veteran senior with stellar grades and countless research hours.” While this statement is completely true, it is not complete. These “bullets” for my graduate school applications do illustrate the caliber of student I am, but miss some of the unique traits that makes my undergraduate career vibrant in such a way that is only describable through the experience alone. I came from ten years of no math to trying to figure out what ‘x’ equaled. Sometimes I think the Army was easier. Truth be told though, I did not know who I was when I got here and, to some extent, still do not. However, I do know (without a shadow of a doubt) that I am a Brave. It was through that ‘bravery’ that I took on tutoring and heading up supplementary instruction classes. From there I took on a presidential role in the biology honor society: Beta Beta Beta. These small steps lead me right back to the first sentence…I am, indeed, a Christian first. And by God’s greatest mercy, I am married as well. My age and background from the military have been the single greatest strengths in my academic belt. To get here, I not only needed motivation to get on track, but also the discipline to keep me on track when I faltered. Faith, support, strength, motivation, discipline, and a couple of brain cells led me to UNCP, but it is at UNCP that I took all of those things and found my Battle Cry.
• Why did you choose to attend UNC Pembroke?
My time in the military was up and I had met a girl. It came time to make a decision. Either move back home or stay and find out what this girl had to offer, I chose the latter. That was my first best decision. My second was salvation and, third was UNCP. Life has not looked better since.
• What do you like best about UNC Pembroke?
It would be unoriginal to say opportunity, but it is true. UNCP allowed me to define who I am and decide who I will be.