Christine Chan wants to explore North Carolina’s biodiversity to turn her passion for the environment and animals into a career and continue to advocate for climate change awareness.
As an EC Scholar and Honors College student, Chan took advantage of all the opportunities offered by East Carolina University. She spent the spring at ECU’s Institute of Coastal Studies in the Outer Banks as part of ECU’s Coastal Semester, a program open to all ECU students that Chan thinks the students should consider.
While majoring in biology and minoring in coastal and marine studies, Chan takes her time to explore potential career paths.
“I’m on the pre-med track, but I’ve explored potential career options on the coast,” Chan said. “I considered (becoming) a national park ranger or a wildlife biologist or a filmmaker.”
As “someone who has always been into nature and wildlife,” Chan said she might stray from her original plan when she entered college. Her interest in the environment and animals led her to her internship in a sedimentology laboratory, where she studies beach erosion.
“Things are constantly changing, so there’s always more to research and learn,” she said, “I think climate change is very real and I see it happening faster on the coast. A lot of people don’t realize how much it really affects them.
His passion translates into his hobbies. Chan says she enjoys watching Animal Planet shows like “River Monsters” or vet TV shows and they further her ongoing interest in coastal and marine studies.
Chan followed his two older sisters, also Honors College alumni, to ECU. She has heard a lot about Honors College, postgraduate programs and ECU Brody School of Medicine.
“ECU has an amazing medical school and amazing faculty that I have enjoyed learning here. There are also so many opportunities in clubs and classes that I can get involved in whatever interests me,” said she said, “Everyone wants to share what they do.
Chan is the secretary of the Asian Student Association and a volunteer piano teacher.
Last name: Christine Chan
Middle School: Thomas Harriot College of Art and Science
Major: Biology with a Minor in Coastal and Marine Studies
Rank/Year: Second year, class of 2025
Hometown: Holly Springs, North Carolina
Hobbies interests: Piano, Guitar, Workout, Sports, Skateboard and Kayak
Clubs and Organizations: Asian Student Association, Music Empowerment, Honors College, EC Scholars
Favorite meeting place: ECU Outer Banks Campus
Favorite place on campus: Racquetball courts at the recreation center
Favorite place to eat: Simply Natural Dairy
Preferred class: Coastal Ocean Research Analysis, Techniques and Methods
The teachers who influenced you the most: Dr. Corbett and Dr. Hargrove
Favorite TV show: “Modern Family”
Favorite band/musician: Sam Burchfield
Favorite movie: “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”
Favorite app: instagram
Dream job: Wildlife photographer/director
Model: Jeremy Wade
Your words to live:
Embrace your journey and set your own destination.
What advice do you have for other students? Approach each day with an open mind! You can learn something new from anyone if you’re willing to listen.