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CHASS Student of the Month – September 2011

Kristen Proctor

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  • Home Town: Clinton, NC
  • Class: Senior
  • Major(s):
    • Political Science – Social Studies Teacher Education concentration
  • Sample Courses:
    • Global Environmental Politics
    • School and Society
    • US Constitutional Law
  • Activities:
    • Intern, NCSU Office of Federal Research Affairs, August 2010-present
    • Intern, Senator Kay Hagan, Washington DC, Summer 2011
    • The Order of Omega
    • NCSU Panhellenic Judicial Review Board
    • Delta Gamma Fraternity
    • Volunteer, North Carolina Library for the Blind and Handicapped
    • Volunteer, NC Mathematics and Science Education Network Pre-college
  • Honors:
    • North Carolina Teaching Fellow
  • Postgraduate Plans: Teach high school Social Studies. Perhaps a graduate degree later on.
  • Career Goals: Education

What do you enjoy the most about CHASS?

I originally selected CHASS because of the variety of courses, and the diversity of perspectives among students and faculty. I feel that every classroom here is like a community – everyone feels free to put their two cents into the discussion. The professors also are very engaging and welcoming.

What has been your favorite course so far?

American Political Thought with Dr. Anthony Solari. It combined political science and philosophy, examining why institutions work the way they do, and why we believe what we do about how democracy should work.

How have you gotten involved with your major outside the classroom?

I am happy to say that I have had two internships that have provided real-world experience. This past summer, I had the privilege of interning in the Washington, DC office of Senator Kay R. Hagan. The internship was a highly rewarding experience that allowed me to learn more about the issues concerning North Carolinians while serving my country. Since returning to North Carolina, I have resumed my internship with the NCSU Office of Federal Research Affairs. I work closely with the Director in advancing research initiatives here on campus and coordinating visits with congressional staffers in Washington, DC for faculty members. I also help coordinate visits to NC State’s campus for our North Carolina delegation.

What advice would you give to incoming students?

I am from a small town, so NC State seemed very large to me. But I made sure to step out of my comfort zones and explore new ideas. I never thought I would have the opportunity to work in Washington DC as a student! It’s critical to get involved on campus your first year, making friends and testing out new experiences. It will help you decide what path you will ultimately take. Also be sure to approach your professors. They may seem intimidating at first, but then you realize they are very personable.

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