Elizabeth City State University sophomore Chrislyn Terry is an entrepreneur in the
making. The business administration major and Elizabeth City native plans to one day
open a spa.
“I want to focus on skincare and help others regain their confidence and increase their total wellbeing,” she says.
Growing up in Elizabeth City, Ms. Terry says she has “experienced the luxuries of ECSU,” all of her life and it was only natural that she chose to become a Viking. But like so many of her fellow Vikings, Ms. Terry also enjoys the benefits of a smaller campus.
“ECSU has a more intimate and inviting environment that caters to one-on-one contact with faculty,” she said.
During her freshman year, Ms. Terry, like the rest of the ECSU campus community, saw her life altered due to COVID-19. She says that while that experience “has been very different,” she is grateful for the proactive measures the university has taken to keep students working toward their degrees.
“I appreciate that the school has mandated wearing masks and ensured social-distancing, so we can be safe,” she said. “I am thankful for the lengths that ECSU has taken to make sure students have activities to participate in. I have taken advantage of the virtual interactions and have been able to meet other ECSU students while staying safe.”
Ms. Terry says she would encourage other students to do the same and take advantage of any opportunity to participate in campus life.
“Be more active on campus and volunteer with different clubs and organizations,” she said.
However, she does recognize that many activities have changed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
“But even being able to walk outside amongst my peers and interacting with them from a safe distance is enjoyable,” she said.
In the meantime, earning her degree and preparing to pursue her goals beyond life at the university are her top priorities. While she is working on her degree, she is also pursuing esthetician certification and has plans to become certified in other areas that will give her the skill set she will require to open a spa.
“Next, I will research the best place to live for my business to prosper,” she said.
Ms. Terry says, however, while she is a student, she will also be focusing on being the best student she can be.
“My ultimate goal is to graduate with honors,” she said. “On the way to achieving that goal, I would like to make my experience at ECSU well-rounded by staying involved in campus clubs and organizations and enhancing my career opportunities with internships.”