May 2013 Student of the Month
Hometown: Burlington, NC
- Technology in Society & Culture
- Peace & War in the Nuclear Age
- Sociology of Education
- Running back, NC State varsity football team
- Campus founder & president, National Honor Society for Leadership and Success
- Intern, North Carolina Judicial Center: Administration Office of the Courts (Summer 2012)
- President, Taylor Sociology Club (2011-12)
- Member, CHASS-MAS (Multicultural Association of Students)
Honors: Dean’s List
What are your future plans for further study or career? I would like to attend graduate school, most likely for either sociology or business.
Why did you select CHASS? I took drafting and architecture courses in high school, and thought I might enjoy Engineering. But after taking a closer look at that field, I decided it wasn’t for me. Instead, I focus on exploring patterns of behavior, which is fascinating to me. Both my Sociology major and Economics minor examine such patterns.
What have been your favorite courses? I enjoyed Early American History with Dr. James Crisp. He was extremely knowledgeable about history and politics, and he is someone I wish to emulate. I also took a lot from Dr. Tracey Ray’s Special Topics in Education course, which focused on cultural competence.
Have any individuals made a particular difference for you at NC State? I have been fortunate to meet several influential people. Dr. William Smith in Sociology has been my department advisor. He has always been very receptive, and I hold him in high regard. Dr. John Griggs in the Math Department is the faculty advisor to our national Honor Society for Leadership and Success, and was pivotal in helping our organization get off the ground. Additionally, Running Backs Coach Desmond Kitchings has allowed me to be successful on the football field.
What advice would you give incoming students? Make the most of your leadership opportunities. College is a time to really build on your leadership skills. Attend interest meetings for groups you might want to explore. You just never know who you might meet or network with who can help open doors for you. I have also been enriched from attending the cultural mixers and activities that CHASS offers, such as the French expo that took place a couple of weeks ago. These events allow you to get a taste of other cultures, foods and languages, and broaden your global perspective.