Arielle Beamon is a Viking legacy, and an example of Viking Pride. The 2017-18. Miss Elizabeth City State University was practically groomed to be a part of this university family.
“As long as I can remember Elizabeth City State University has been a part of my life,” said Beamon. “Because of living so close to the university, and having parents as alums, I was introduced to the campus at an early age and attended events as if I was already a student while in middle and high school.”
Beamon, who will graduate with a degree in psychology in May, says the idea of attending another university was never an option. She knew, she says, from an early age that ECSU would be the place where she would take that next step after high school.
“I have always felt that if Elizabeth City State University molded my parents into successful citizens it would certainly be able to mold me as an individual,” said Beamon.
Beamon says that her experience at ECSU has allowed her to mature into an adult and helped her learn a great deal about herself. Her experience as the 83rd Miss ECSU, and one of the 2018 HBCU EBONY Queens has been a highlight of her time at ECSU, and helped her to build life-long friendships, “that will always be close to my heart.”
To rising freshmen, Beamon says that your experience as a Viking is what you make of it.
“Enjoy this time in your life, study hard, be involved in student activities and have a plan from beginning to end,” she said.
After graduation, Beamon says she will take a semester off to relax before heading to graduate school. Her career goal is to become an elementary school guidance counselor.