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CHASS Student of the Month – October 2011

David Whitcher

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  • Home Town: Apex, NC
  • Class: Senior
  • Major(s):
    • Religious Studies
    • Sociology
  • Sample Courses:
    • Theories of Social Interaction
    • Early Christianity
    • Inequality, Ideology & Social Justice
  • Activities:
    • Intern, Public Consulting Groups, Inc., May 2011-present
    • Co-president, Academic Study of Religion Club
    • Resident Advisor, 2010-11
    • Village Assistant, Scholars Program 2009-10
  • Honors:
    • University Scholars Program
    • Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honors Society
    • Sociology Honors Program
  • Postgraduate Plans: Perhaps graduate school or working with a philanthropic organization
  • Career Goals: Still exploring!

Why did you select CHASS?

I originally started out as an Engineering major, but after taking sociology and psychology courses my freshman year, realized that engineering wasn’t for me. CHASS allows your major to be what you want it to be. There are requirements, but there is a wide selection of courses, so I can make it challenging in my own way. For example, I am most interested in Sociological Theory, and have had the freedom to take four courses on that topic, including a graduate-level course. I have also experienced a deepened value of different cultures and an increased interest in travel.

How have faculty had a significant impact on you?

My sociology courses with Dr. Brett Clark and Dr. Richard Dellafave have been great. Hindu Traditions with Dr. Tony Stewart was phenomenal. Dr. Stewart was extremely knowledgeable and really engaged the class. I had individual meetings with him, and that really lit my “academic fire;” made me want to work harder. Kylie Parrotta also took a lot of time outside of class to talk to me and offer guidance.

What has been your biggest challenge at NCSU?

Probably what I would call “growing pains,” reconciling an internal conflict about the way I see the world. The courses that I have taken have encouraged me to reflect on and reconsider my perspectives. I also find that I use my majors in the way I make judgments and evaluations; they weave their way into everyday conversations and debates.

What advice would you offer to incoming students?

Take a few classes way outside your major. There are so many opportunities here at NC State to take advantage of.

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