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Study Abroad Reflection

The Opportunity of a Lifetime 

Doctoral Student Spotlight

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Campus Commemoration 
Fall 2013 Graduation Pictures 


2014 Freshman's Honors Convocation 
Friday, Feb 7
Witherspoon Cinema 
Supporting Immigrant & Refugee Students in Schools 
Monday, Feb 17
Poe 120
"What I Wish My Teacher Had Said" Panel on Supporting GLBT Students 
Wednesday, Feb 19
Poe 120
Colorism & Its Impact on Student Achievement
Thursday, Feb 20
Park Shops 201
Hosted by the College of Education & AAASE
March 26-27
Tours run every 30 minutes
Study Abroad Reflection

By: Camirra Williamson
Junior, Science Education


Hello! Hello! Last semester, fall 2013, I had the wonderful opportunity to study abroad in Ghana at the University of Ghana.  I have officially been back in North Carolina for a little over one month. One thing I can tell you is that it is much colder here than Ghana. I have been battling 20-40 degree weather for weeks now…. And I am really feeling the chill! Now that I am back at school and settled I have had a good amount of time to reflect on my experience abroad and what it has really meant to me. First of all I can say that Ghana met and exceeded my expectations. Before I left I promised myself that I would keep my mind open to experience all that Ghana had to offer without putting “American” standards on it. Though my living accommodations weren’t always the most comfortable I didn’t let that hinder my experience. I determined that even without those creature comforts I would still get the most from my experience.
Going abroad alone has increased my level of independence and confidence to try new things. Nothing helps  someone to grow up more than being on your own in a foreign country! I was forced to find things for myself (or seek help), make new friends, and navigate a totally new environment. Years ago I would have never thought I would be able to do something like this, now I feel more than confident in my abilities to do this and many more challenges. Now that I’m back home I don’t want to live my life “business as usual.” I want to discover new hobbies, talents, and places right within my own state. I’m sure there are opportunities to explore that I have missed by simply not paying attention. Going abroad really expanded my view of the world and my home town.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the College of Education for graciously contributing to my study abroad fund with a scholarship. A lot of students believe that studying abroad is too expensive, but I say that you just have to search for funds.  Through scholarships and grants I was able to study abroad without spending any money out of my own pocket. Get those scholarships future teachers and travel the world! *Just my little plug!*

I can’t emphasize enough how life changing this experience was.  I feel glad every time I am able to share my experience with someone who asks. I have gained cross cultural skills that I know can benefit me in my career and personal life. In my future career as a teacher having this experience will help me communicate better with students of diverse backgrounds.  Because being exposed to a way of life very different than my own has made me more open minded and accepting, I will be better able to understand students and their needs. Personally, I feel better equipped to handle challenges and cope in new situations. Every day of my life in Ghana presented new challenges I had to overcome or situations I had to adapt to. Overall Ghana was amazing and very life changing. Would I go abroad again? Most definitely. The only question now is where to next?
The Opportunity of a Lifetime

By: Bria Cofield
Sophomore, Elementary Education


Wednesday, January 16th, 2014 was one of the top 5 days in my life. That was the day that the President of the United States came and spoke at my school. My school! How many people can say that? President Barack Obama came to speak at NC State about the economy and bringing more jobs to the Raleigh/Durham area. There is a big factory he has chosen to open here which has a huge engineering focus. Honestly, it did not matter to me what he talked about. I was seeing the President of our great nation in person.
Getting this opportunity was not just handed to me, but anything worth having is worth waiting for. I had to wait in line for tickets for approximately two and a half hours on Monday at the ticket distribution. At the distribution I actually had the opportunity to be interviewed by a local news station, and I became a local celebrity for about five minutes, which was kind of cool! Tuesday night I was like a child on Christmas Eve; I could not sleep! My alarm clock rang at 4:30am on Wednesday morning and some of my friends and I packed up at 5:30am to head out to stand in line. Since we got student tickets, we wanted to get there early for the best position possible. We were the second group in line! We waited outside in the bitter cold with frostbitten fingers and toes for four hours until the doors opened.
When we got inside, we ran to the front of the student section. I was running off of about two hours of sleep, but I kept reminding myself what a great  experience it would be. While waiting for President Obama to speak, I ran in to Bob Ethridge and got a picture with him. Mr. Ethridge is a former North Carolina U.S. Representative that was passionate about education and working with teachers. It was such an awesome experience to be able to be in his presence and shake his hand! When President Obama took the stage, my adrenaline pumped and I was super excited. Though he did not touch on raising teacher’s salaries, I can mark off seeing a President in person off my bucket list!  

Bob Ethridge, Cayla Green, Bria Cofield 
Doctoral Student Spotlight

Sharonda R. Eggleton

Curriculum and Instruction- Educational Psychology


Sharonda R. Eggleton is our doctoral student spotlight for this issue. She is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Sharonda received her undergraduate education from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University where she majored in Biology Secondary Education. After graduating she went on to obtain a Master’s degree in English and African American Literature from North Carolina A&T. Sharonda is a licensed teacher in the state of North Carolina, certified in grades 9 – 12 science. Sharonda has taught for the past 9 years, teaching high school science at Eastern High School in Gibsonville, NC. Currently she is completing her 3rd year as a full time PhD student at NC State University, where she is majoring in Curriculum and Instruction – Educational Psychology. She currently serves as an instructor in the College of Education teaching ED 311 – Classroom Assessment Principles and Practices.

Her current research interests include the development of racial identity, racial identity's impact on African American students, and African American students' interaction with their environment. She is also interested in the persistence and attrition of marginalized groups in the area of STEM majors. Her future goals are to enter academia and pursue her interest to develop and implement culturally relevant pedagogy and programming.

What would you like undergraduate students to know about you?
I love to teach! I share this information because when I originally graduated with my undergraduate degree I did not believe I wanted to teach. I had several challenging experiences in the field that left me questioning if this was career for me. However, after taking a summer break and entering grad school, I had the opportunity to begin the year out with a class as a long-term substitute. This experience helped me re-define the passion that was there all along for teaching.

Thinking back to your own undergraduate experience, if you had one piece of advice for current undergraduates what would it be?
My advice would be to treasure the time that you have now! Take chances and try new things, meet new people and network. Your undergraduate experience is a beautiful time for you to discover who you are and this can only be done with effort. We truly have to be the change we want to see in the world, so keep smiling and push on. 
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
Campus Commemoration 


By: Cody Drum Davidson 
Sophomore, English Education


The spacious room was crowded with people on January 13th when Dr. Dick Gregory spoke to the people of NC State at the McKimmon Center. It was the Martin Luther King Jr. Campus Commemoration sponsored by the African American Culture Center. A comedian, author, and active participant in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s, Dr. Gregory had some great insight into Martin Luther King Jr.’s message. He knew him personally and helped to spread the message of equal rights. Dr. Gregory has had an accomplished life and displays much perseverance. Some examples include surviving cancer and going on a hunger strike for the cause of civil injustice in America.

One thing was very apparent of Dr. Gregory: despite his fame and acclaim, he is still as humble as ever. Toward the beginning of his speech he said how thankful he was for the “invisible people” that planned the event and made it possible, as well as, those who must clean up afterwards. Dr. Gregory worked alongside people such as Dr. King, Malcolm X, and C. T. Vivian during the Civil Rights Movement. Simply referring to it as “The Movement”, Dr. Gregory stressed that the Civil Rights Movement was what changed his life. He thanked Dr. King for his accomplishments despite the many struggles that he endured. He did not go into depth about Dr. King, but Dr. Gregory delivered similar principles that King himself embodied. The main point of his speech was to urge others to continue Dr. King’s message, live a good life, and love one another in order to keep his message at the forefront of our lives.

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