Through the Darkness to Shine a Light
To become the first in her family to earn a degree, Esmira Poladova persevered through tragedy and challenges and, as an NC State senior, even became an advocate for other underresourced students.
Achieving Major Goals
Financial support has allowed first-generation student Thomas Peters to pursue his love for music as drum major for NC State’s marching band and his goal of a career in information technology.
Stepping Out Front
Kalysha Clark Wall is a proud two-time alumna of NC State who's now a high school teacher impacting the next generation. As the first member of her immediate family to attend college, she traveled a road that wasn't always smooth, but the journey helped her find her voice as an advocate for other students in need of support. The Lexington native wants you to understand their struggles.
First in Their Pack
Meet some NC State students who were the first in their families to attend college, and learn about some of the ways the university supports these first-generation students.
Exploring Solutions, By Design
Students completed Professor Tom Barrie's fall 2019 studio course, Affordable and Supportive Housing for NC State, with a better understanding of – and possible solutions for – combating housing insecurity on campus.
Partnering to Combat Student Housing Insecurity
Since Mary Haskett's 2017 study illustrated the need to address food and housing insecurity faced by NC State students, campus and community partners have worked on ways to respond. Grants from the NC State University Foundation are supporting development of a Host Homes Program, which will match students facing homelessness or housing insecurity with members of the community willing to open their homes. At the same time, an interdisciplinary partnership with Professor Tom Barrie in the College of Design is exploring what it might look like to provide housing on or near campus.
Opportunities Adding Up
NC State senior Yussef Guerrab hopes to blend interests in math, statistics, education and public policy into a career helping others.
Accounting for Needs
Two-time alumnus Dominick Vaccaro, who is working toward becoming a CPA, is thankful for the leadership opportunities and resources he enjoyed at NC State.
Forecast: High Probability of Success
As a child, Clay Chaney loved watching meteorologists. Now, thanks to his opportunity to attend NC State, he is one himself.
A ‘Big Red Letter’ Changed Everything
Nutrition science major Dorcas Mabiala’s extraordinary experiences at NC State have included undergraduate research and involvement with the Albright Entrepreneurs Village, University Tutorial Center and TRIO Support Services.