I am originally from Mooresville, NC. I went to an Early College program in Statesville which gave me a taste of college life and of the bright future attainable through hard work. While in high school, I volunteered my time at Habitat for Humanity, I was a member of Model UN, a Lawyer and eventually Judge on Student Court, and I was the Publicity chair for the National Society of Leadership and Success. I also divided my time between my family, friends, and working as a waitress.
When I was a freshmen in college, I felt like a kid in a candy store. There were so many things I wanted to do. I wanted to join SGA, Rock Climbing Club, Autism Speaks, the Peel Magazine, the Rotten Appal, the Walker Fellows, and the Entrepreneurship Club, just the name a few (because there were so many more). I already knew the biggest problem I was going to encounter here at App was finding the time to explore all those opportunities, not to mention schoolwork and social life.
I am currently the President of the Finance Student Association. I have really enjoyed all the challenges and experiences that come with having a major leadership role on campus. I have a passion for financial literacy, and I am currently working on educational initiatives on campus, as well as writing my thesis on financial literacy. I also have an interest in investment banking and equity research, and I attended leadership conferences at Goldman Sachs and Barclays in New York this semester.
Being part of the Wilson Scholars Program has also awoken my passion for travel. Before receiving the Wilson Scholarship, I had never even been on an airplane. Now, I have been to New York, Paris, Rome, Florence, Sorrento, and Cortona. This summer I will be visiting Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Lijiang, and I will live in Beijing for two months completing a journalism internship working in the International Business section of China Daily, one of China’s leading newspapers. I have discovered a hunger for travelling that I believe will follow me for the rest of my life.
If I had to name the best thing about my time at App so far and my experience as a Wilson Scholar, it is the friendships that I have formed here. At the end of the day, we really are a family. I can’t imagine my life without my fellow Wilson Scholars, Spain, Alia, and Sope, as well as the other strong friendships I have formed while at App.
Throughout my whole life I have been limited by a lack of opportunities. But now that has changed. With this school, and especially with this scholarship, I am now faced with a wide horizon of limitless opportunities to do, and be, whatever and whomever I want. Looking back over the last couple of years at college, I can’t believe how much I have grown. The time has gone by impossibly quickly, and yet I feel that I have had lifetimes worth of learning and new experiences. I can’t even fathom how much more I will have learned and changed by the time I graduate.