SENIORS 2020

We start with gratitude —

There persists a widespread misconception that leadership is a matter of individual success or failure by an outspoken, decisive champion of a cause or organization and that leadership development is sharpening the tools of the already gifted. 

In contrast, Caldwell Fellows believe that leadership is a relationship rooted in community. The work of leadership development is lifelong. It is a journey of discipline and discovery, and humility; it is the work of soul-making. It is a journey that leaders must take, and inspire others to take, that begins with ourselves by not necessarily by ourselves. And so, when we select a new group of Fellows each year, we remind them that we have selected not just individuals but a class. We create the scaffolding for a class to learn and grow together, but what happens is up to them. They must invest the curiosity, respect and energy for true relationship to take root and flourish. In my life’s experience, the Class of 2020 has done this as well as any group in any context I have ever observed. They have and do leave me amazed, humbled and grateful.  

Here’s to this beautiful community. Blessings on them as they set forth into this world, so desperately in need of their courage and justice, their goodness and joy.

With my deepest respect and affection,  
Dr. O

Adam Schmidt

Hometown

Morehead City, NC

College

College of Engineering

Major(s)

Civil Engineering

Minor(s)

In ten years come look for me...

Doing something I probably didn’t expect to be doing, but just maybe having a blast doing it.

NC STATE INVOLVEMENT

University Scholars Program, NC State Student Government (Senator and Student Senate President), UNC Association of Student Governments (President), undergraduate research assistant in Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, Mount Vernon Leadership Fellow, Leader of the Pack Finalist, Orientation Leader, Alternative Service Break Site Leader (through New Student Programs)

Community INVOLVEMENT

Volunteer at Urban Ministries Open Door Clinic

NEXT STEPS

I will be pursuing an MS in civil engineering at NC State! I’ll be concentrating in transportation systems, planning, and economics, and should graduate in December 2021.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I feel like I leave college with just as many questions as I do answers! I came in expecting I’d be prepared for just about everything after I’d leave, and I’ve realized I’m pretty far from that. That being said, I think I’m better equipped to face the fact that life is full of questions and that the fun is in the mystery. I credit Caldwell in large part for helping me see the beauty in the unknown and helping me embrace lifetime learning.

“You live and learn. At any rate, you live.”

Alex Persson

Hometown

Cary, NC/Malmö, Sweden

College

College of Engineering

Major(s)

Chemical Engineering

Minor(s)

Materials Science & Engineering, Music Performance

In ten years come look for me...

Still finishing my education

NC STATE INVOLVEMENT

Dickey Group undergraduate researcher, IRC, SAACURH, Honors Program

Community INVOLVEMENT

SATELLITE, NYU MRSEC researcher, Höganäs Environment Solutions intern

NEXT STEPS

I will be living in Sweden for ~5 months WOOFING, working, and visiting family. Then I will pursue a PhD in chemical engineering at Stanford University starting fall 2021.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I am eternally grateful for this program and everyone in it. To my fellow seniors, you have touched my life in the most profound ways and you will always have a special place in my heart. Here's to a lifetime of friendship and celebrating our Caldwell experience!

"7am, the usual morning lineup."

Andrea Sanchez-Zarate

Hometown

Cornelius, NC

College

College of Engineering

Major(s)

Chemical Engineering

Minor(s)

In ten years come look for me...

Hopefully somewhere in Spain or elsewhere being happy

NC STATE INVOLVEMENT

Chemistry TA, 2019 Chapter President of Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Sube Ritmo, MSA Student Coordinator, WMEP Student Mentor, SHPE Member, STP Counselor, Read to LEAD Mentor, PostSecret U, Circle of Sisterhood Delegate, Mi Fam

Community INVOLVEMENT

Technical Sales Intern at Ecolab, and Environmental Engineer Intern at GPI

NEXT STEPS

I will be virtually interning with Bayer over the summer and then finishing up college the following semester. After that, who knows :)

FINAL THOUGHTS

I am left with a great feeling of gratitude for being able to learn and grow with this community. I cannot wait to see where life takes us.

"Forever — is composed of Nows —"

Chandler Marr

Hometown

Clayton, NC

College

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Major(s)

Interpersonal and Organizational Communication

Minor(s)

Psychology

In ten years come look for me...

teaching classes as a Professor of Communication, where my students will learn about the complexities of groups and teams, as well as how to improve their teamwork skills! I also hope to have my own chocolate fountain, but instead of chocolate, it'll pour ranch dressing.

NC STATE INVOLVEMENT

Caldwell Fellow Service-Learning TA, Service-Learning Research Team, Men's Retreat Coordinator, Section Leader in Marching Band and Pep Band, Wind Ensemble/Symphonic Band Member, Voted "Most Likely to Brighten Your Day" and "Best Brass" in the Marching Band, Communication Honors Program, Undergraduate Research in Group/Team/Organizational Communication, Vice President of Lambda Pi Eta, Vice President of the Communication Graduate Student Association, COM 112 (Interpersonal Communication) TA , Outstanding Undergraduate in Communication Nominee, Accelerated Bachelors to Masters Program, Laboratory for Analytical Science Intern, Shelton Leadership Center Intern, Study Hall Monitor at the Academic Support Program for Student Athletes, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Valedictorian

Community INVOLVEMENT

Neighbor to Neighbor College & Career Prep Teacher / Mentor, Shelton Center Coach Mentor Trainer; also occasionally go back and volunteer with theatre students at my high school and help them with any production needs!

NEXT STEPS

This Summer I'll be tying the knot and getting married to my high school sweetheart! I'll also be a member of the Pack for another year as I pursue a M.S. Degree in Communication (with a Ph.D. shortly thereafter)!

FINAL THOUGHTS

What a profoundly cool and wonderful thing it is to love and be loved, especially in a time like this… It’s such a privilege to find a community of folks that love one another as deeply as the Caldwell Fellows do. Even when the world seems to have come to a complete halt, this community’s energy and spirit continues to march on, and that is one of the most inspiring things to me. It always has been, and it always will be! #2020Vision. I love y’all so very much!!! <3

"With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy."

Christian Rhoney

Hometown

Winston-Salem, NC

College

Poole College of Management

Major(s)

Accounting, Financial Analysis

Minor(s)

In ten years come look for me...

At the fun singles table at everyone's wedding!

NC STATE INVOLVEMENT

Student liaison for African-American Student Advisory Council (2016-2018)Secretary for Black Business Students Association (2017-2019)Treasurer for Black Students Board (2019-2020)Treasurer for Kappa Omicron Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (2019-2020)EY internships (Summer 2018 & Summer 2019)EY full-time job offer for 2021SAS 1-year internship (May 2020- May 2021)

Community INVOLVEMENT

Habitat for Humanity Charlotte ReStore, Urban Ministries of Wake County Food Pantry

NEXT STEPS

I will be entering the MAC program at NC State in the fall of 2020 while completing an internship at SAS and sitting for the CPA exam. Upon graduation, I will be working at EY in Charlotte, NC.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I was blessed to be surrounded by amazingly talented and thoughtful people during my time at NC State, many of whom were my Caldwell family. Throughout my four years, I uncovered my career aspirations, found my voice, and built up a pretty cool shoe collection. I'll forever hold onto the life lessons I learned as a Caldwell: to serve, listen, reflect, act with compassion, rest even when life is chaotic, and make peace with being uncomfortable. I LOVE the Caldwell Fellows program now more than ever and will always give to this community that gave me more than I can put into words.

"If you wanna come on down, come on down!"

Chyra Savage

Hometown

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

College

College of Engineering

Major(s)

Computer Engineering

Minor(s)

In ten years come look for me...

Feeling happy and healthy, hopefully dancing.

NC STATE INVOLVEMENT

Member of the National Society of Black Engineers, Member of the Mu Omicron Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Member and Secretary of Fusion Dance Crew, Caldwell service-learning TA for Neighbor to Neighbor

Community INVOLVEMENT

Teacher at Southeast Raleigh's Neighbor to Neightbor

NEXT STEPS

I will be working for Cisco Systems as a Technical Consulting Engineer, starting at the end of July.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I want to say thank you to every single person in the Caldwell community. Each individual, Current Fellows and Alumni have created the space that exists today and it is in that space that I have become the person I am today. I owe so much to all of the people I have encountered and those people drive me to continue doing good. Also thank you to the Class of 2020! WE ARE THE BEST CLASS!!! I love you so much and I couldn't have imagined journeying these four years with anyone else. Lastly, thank you JO. I don't think I could or have said that enough, but thank you for every push to do something I haven't done, thank you for your encouragement and belief in me, and thank you for being you.

"You can't be what you can't see."

Grace Dodoo

Hometown

Gastonia, NC

College

College of Sciences

Major(s)

Biological Sciences, Integrative Physiology & Neurobiology

Minor(s)

Psychology

In ten years come look for me...

Living my best life.

NC STATE INVOLVEMENT

Mental Health Ambassador, African Student Union, Botewa Dance Team, College of Sciences Ambassador (briefly), National Alliance on Mental Illness on Campus (NAMI on Campus)

Community INVOLVEMENT

Urban Ministries of Wake County (scribe, access to care interviewer, food pantry). UNC REX Healthcare (post anesthesia care unit (PACU) volunteer)

NEXT STEPS

Trying to figure out what to do in my gap year while applying to medical school.

FINAL THOUGHTS

A tree is known by its fruit. The Caldwell tree is special in that it chooses its fruit, and once a Caldwell, always a Caldwell. I am very thankful to have been selected as a fellow for this program; it's one of the best things to happen to me. It is encouraging to know that although our time was short (and cut even shorter by the virus), I will always be a part of this program. And it is comforting to know that the journey doesn't end here; we're only moving into the next phase. <333

"When someone says you can't do it, do it twice and take pictures."

Jack Timothy

Hometown

Cary, North Carolina

College

College of Engineering, College of Management

Major(s)

Electrical and Computer Engineering, Economics

Minor(s)

In ten years come look for me...

Starting or running my own company!

NC STATE INVOLVEMENT

University Scholars Program, Engineering Entrepreneurs Program, FREEDM Research Experience for Undergraduates, Resident Advisor in Sullivan Hall for 2017-2018 school year, Caldwell Shack Coordinator for Shack-A-Thon

Community INVOLVEMENT

Caldwell service-learning TA for the Habitat GIS team & liaison with the Wake County Habitat Advocacy Committee

NEXT STEPS

I will stay at NC State for one more year to complete my Master's in electrical engineering. I will study part-time and work part-time at FlexGen Power Systems.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I am extremely grateful for my Caldwell family and all of the big and little things I learned through my friendships with these Fellows. I cannot wait to see what everyone accomplishes and experiences. See you all soon!

"If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day."

Jaspal Singh

Hometown

Raleigh, NC

College

Poole College of Management, College of Engineering

Major(s)

Economics, Electrical Engineering

Minor(s)

In ten years come look for me...

Finishing up graduate school.

NC STATE INVOLVEMENT

EcoVillage (first-year villager, second-year mentor),
ECE TA, Wolf de Nakhre - Northern Indian Dance team

Community INVOLVEMENT

Interfaith Panelist, Diversity and Inclusion Panelist

NEXT STEPS

For now, I'll be heading to Duke Energy to work as a Protection & Controls Engineer.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I don't know who I'd be if the Caldwell program did not keep me rooted in personal development. I cannot thank this program enough for the wisdom it has passed on to me.

"I'm a Caldwell"

Julia O'Brien

Hometown

Lincoln University, PA

College

College of Engineering, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Major(s)

Chemical Engineering, Spanish

Minor(s)

Biomanufacturing

In ten years come look for me...

Making wine in Australia.

NC STATE INVOLVEMENT

Caldwell Fellows Service-learning TA, Engineers Without Borders - Financial Director and Guatemala Water Systems Project Lead, University Scholar, Benjamin Franklin Scholar, Social Innovation Fellow, Undergraduate Researcher in Environmental Engineering, Co-op at Eastman, VOLAR, American Institute of Chemical Engineers member, Marching Band member, Phi Beta Kappa member

Community INVOLVEMENT

Neighbor to Neighbor, Fundación Albihar, Eastern NC Hurricane Cleanup

NEXT STEPS

I still have 1 more year of undergrad so I will continue to take classes at State! Upon graduation, I will likely be looking for full-time employment at a Food & Beverage company.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I feel speechless. How do you adequately express gratitude for the people who have defined your college experience? How can you ever sufficiently thank the people who explored the mountains of Colorado with you, cried with you when you were at your most vulnerable, and grew with you every step of the way? These are moments that I can never repay. I also feel heartbroken that this is the time when a lot of us will part ways, and that the circumstances keep us from sharing this moment in the same space. However, I feel hopeful and confident that we will sustain the connection that we have all built for the rest of our lives. I love each and every one of you and the gratitude I feel for you will never diminish. Thank you for everything.

"Cómo se pasa la vida, cómo se viene la muerte tan callando."

Katie Brooks

Hometown

Statesville, NC

College

College of Design

Major(s)

Art+Design

Minor(s)

Arts Entreprenuership

In ten years come look for me...

In a bright studio filled with plants, making messes!

NC STATE INVOLVEMENT

SAY Program, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, ACC Meeting of the Minds 2020 Presenter

Community INVOLVEMENT

Staff member at Florence Thomas Art School and the Sertoma Art Center, Student Artist in the NCMA 2020 Workshop Series

NEXT STEPS

I will be working to make tools for creativity more accessible to my community, and following my art where it leads.

FINAL THOUGHTS

This program transformed my college years into something far more nurturing and impactful than I could have ever hoped. Fellows, you will always have my gratitude.

"What is done in Love is done well."

Katie Ryan

Hometown

Wake Forest, NC

College

College of Engineering, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Sciences

Major(s)

Chemical Engineering (Biomolecular concentration), Biochemistry, Biological Sciences

Minor(s)

Biotechnology

In ten years come look for me...

Working a "real" job.....hopefully.

NC STATE INVOLVEMENT

University Honors Program, Phi Beta Kappa, Undergraduate Researcher at the Rob Dunn Lab and Doherty and Perera Labs, Peer Tutor at Trio SSS, TA for BCH 453/454, Honors Village Fellow

Community INVOLVEMENT

ASB through Outreach360 (Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic), miscellaneous volunteer and research work at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences (Raleigh), University of New England (Armidale, Australia), and NUS/A*Star (Singapore)

NEXT STEPS

I'll be starting a PhD in the fall in Immunopathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ironically, I decided I wanted to study emerging viruses mere months before COVID-19 took over, so I hope this program will kickstart a career somewhere on the border of research and public health.

FINAL THOUGHTS

"Final thoughts," you ask. How is a thought final? They at least cannot be final in this context because the Caldwell community has given me a life time of thoughts to be had, and for that I am grateful.

"Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved."

Kori Hyer

Hometown

Fayetteville, NC

College

Wilson College of Textiles

Major(s)

Fashion and Textile Design

Minor(s)

In ten years come look for me...

Living in a big city somewhere on the west coast launching my own line of sustainable clothing.

NC STATE INVOLVEMENT

Platform Magazine Photography Director, Scholars Program, Centennial Scholar, Caldwell Dinner Team Chair

Community INVOLVEMENT

NEXT STEPS

Currently, I'm looking to start my career in the fashion industry. Ideally, I'd like to work for a company where I can grow as a designer while learning more about production and sustainable manufacturing .

FINAL THOUGHTS

I am so grateful for this group of people. You all have taught me the true power of community and what it feels like to be so loved and accepted by people you feel as though you just met. I hope to continue growing with you. As we close this chapter, I feel content knowing that the future holds many more celebrations with you people.

"She needs wide open spaces, room to make her big mistakes."

Layne Baker

Hometown

Sanford, North Carolina

College

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Major(s)

Agriculture Sciences

Minor(s)

Horticulture Science, Agriculture Business Management

In ten years come look for me...

...continuing to develop my personal and professional self. I hope to be in contact with those closest to me now, with more friends and chosen family to surround me along the way.

NC STATE INVOLVEMENT

Oaks Leadership Scholars, University Scholars Program

Community INVOLVEMENT

SATELLITE, Service Mexico, Service NC Co-DIrector

NEXT STEPS

I am now living in New York City and working for Societe Generale in the HR Department. I'm on the Talent + Development team -- developing programs for our employees to develop themselves and their capacity to lead.

FINAL THOUGHTS

The current environment in which we are living has given me the time and space to realize just how thankful I am for the ways in which our community stays connected. From class Zoom calls to virtual dinners, we are still enriching each others' lives as best as we can. When I moved 500 miles away the day after my graduation, I knew that I was finishing a chapter in my life. However, we have all recognized and adapted to this new world of "physical" distancing -- not "social" distancing. And for that, I am grateful.

"A society grows great when people plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit."

Lexi DeFalco

Hometown

Raleigh, NC

College

College of Education

Major(s)

General Education

Minor(s)

Nonprofit Studies, Women & Gender Studies

In ten years come look for me...

Still on a college campus helping students and survivors find their voice.

NC STATE INVOLVEMENT

RA for College of Education, TA for COM 466, Panhellenic President, University Scholars Program, University Ambassador, Kappa Delta,  Summa Cum Laude

Community INVOLVEMENT

Director of Development with Our Wave

NEXT STEPS

The Pack can't get rid of me just yet! I'll be returning to NC State in the fall to earn my Masters in Higher Education.

FINAL THOUGHTS

To my Caldwell family: you all have shown me the power of community in ways that I have never experienced. From the highest highs, to the lowest lows, we have been through it all and I wouldn't have it any other way. Thank you all for making my life brighter. I love you.

"Wherever you go, go with all your heart."

Libby Indermaur

Hometown

Raleigh, NC

College

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Major(s)

Horticulture Science

Minor(s)

Plant Biology

In ten years come look for me...

On a research farm (ideally squash or melon) with hands dirty, diagnosing fungal diseases and answering growers' questions.

NC STATE INVOLVEMENT

Oaks Leadership Scholars, Pi Alpha Xi Vice President, 2019 Chancellor's Creating Community Award Recipient, Horticulture Undergraduate Research Assistant, Provost Student Intern at the JC Raulston Arboretum, Horticultural Science Outstanding Senior Award, Summa cum laude

Community INVOLVEMENT

The Diaper Train at Saint Saviour's Center, Syngenta's Global Cucurbits Center of Excellence

NEXT STEPS

Aspiring to meaningfully fill these uncertain next few months before moving to Ithaca, NY in the fall to begin my M.S. program in Plant Pathology at Cornell University.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Thank you. Thank you for the camaraderie, the high expectations, the opportunities, the shared time, the shared food, and the celebration of all whom we aspire to be. I know who I am because of this program.

"When it's over, I want to say all my life / I was a bride married to amazement"

Lingchao Mao

Hometown

Barcelona

College

College of Engineering, College of Sciences

Major(s)

Industrial & Systems Engineering, Statistics

Minor(s)

In ten years come look for me...

Working as a Research Scientist on the West Coast, living in an apartment with a tricolor cat, doing some free consulting/data project for small businesses/nonprofits around the area, and teaching at community colleges on the weekends. Hopefully, married?

NC STATE INVOLVEMENT

Consult Your Community Business Analyst; Engineers Without Borders: Guatemala Water Systems Team; Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE), Project Manager; The IT Club, Treasurer;  University Scholars; JobsHafele America Co., Industrial Engineering Co-op; FORT Capital Resources, System Operations Intern; NCSU Office of Information Technology, Project Management, Lite Intern & HR Lead; NCSU Department of Industrial Engineering, Teaching Assistant; NCSU University Tutorial Center, Physics Tutor; New Mind Education, Event Planning Intern & Ambassador; MentorResearch: NCSU Center of Additive Manufacturing and Logistics (CAMAL); REUNCSU Military Operations Research Group; REUCMS Health Outcomes AI Challenge Team; REUHonors: Faculty Senior Award at Department of Industrial Engineering; Dean's Circle Award; Edward P. Fitts Scholar

Community INVOLVEMENT

Habitat for Humanity, Caldwell GIS project; Consult Your Community, engagement projects with two local businesses in downtown; Summer Permaculture Program in Thailand; GIVE (Growth International Volunteer Excursions); Alternative Service Break trips (San Francisco, Atlanta, Washington DC)

NEXT STEPS

Starting a PhD journey at Georgia Tech, diving into Operations Research to learn about how to optimize resource allocation

FINAL THOUGHTS

When my family immigrated from China to Spain 15 years ago, I never imagined someday getting admitted into schools like Harvard or getting a PhD. How much I have grown at NC State, personally and academically, have been more than just exceeding expectations. Experiences and lessons learned from the Caldwell community keep warming my heart and will accompany me to grow further and kinder. Graduation is not an ending but another start. See you, Fam.

"There’s no greater gift than thinking that you had some impact on the world, for the better."

Mara Lowry

Hometown

Durham NC

College

College of Design

Major(s)

Environmental Design in Architecture

Minor(s)

Landscape Architecture

In ten years come look for me...

Playing fiddle at a campfire somewhere, hopefully.

NC STATE INVOLVEMENT

University Honors Program, Raleigh Civic Symphony/Chamber Orchestra, AIAS, Study Hall Monitor at ASPSA

Community INVOLVEMENT

Musical Empowerment; Caldwell Service-learning TA Walnut Creek Wetlands Center

NEXT STEPS

I'll be starting a job with Community Food Lab in Raleigh at the beginning of May!

FINAL THOUGHTS

A big heartfelt thank you <3

"Ooh baby, it's a big old goofy world."

Nadia Naraine

Hometown

Newport, NC

College

College of Engineering

Major(s)

Chemical Engineering

Minor(s)

In ten years come look for me...

In a big city running my own company!

NC STATE INVOLVEMENT

The Green Program (Fukushima, Japan), Process Engineer Co-Op with DuPont, Undergraduate Research with NCSU Biotechnology Department, Vice President of the Asian Student Association, Dancer for Wolfpack Raas, Dancer for Botewa,

Community INVOLVEMENT

Volunteer work with the NCSU Agroecology Farm and Urban Gardening in the community! Much of my community engagements are thanks to The Caldwell Fellows Program.

NEXT STEPS

After I complete my last year of college, I will most likely hop into the industry setting working an engineering-based job. Ideally, on the side, I will be pursuing my side hustle of starting a business I am passionate about.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I am forever grateful for the experiences The Caldwell Fellows gave to me and the people I met throughout my time in the program. I found many missing parts of who I am as an individual and look forward to continuing this journey of self-discovery. I can't wait to see where the future takes me and my fellow 'Fellows'!

"Look in the mirror. That's your competition."

Ori Soker

Hometown

Greensboro, NC

College

College of Engineering, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Major(s)

Chemical Engineering, Spanish

Minor(s)

In ten years come look for me...

in the cleaning products aisle at Costco, grabbing a box of Lysol wipes off the shelf while my kids ask me why we need so much toilet paper.

NC STATE INVOLVEMENT

Research, Culture to Culture Ambassador Program, Benjamin Franklin Scholars, University Honors Program, Hillel

Community INVOLVEMENT

Interfaith Food Shuttle

NEXT STEPS

I’m looking at graduate schools!

FINAL THOUGHTS

This program has given me more than I could ever ask for. I’ll never be able to thank the other seniors, older and younger classes, Dr. O, Liz, and Neel enough for making me feel a part of this family. You are all incredibly special people, and I’m so grateful that I could be challenged by you over these last three years.

“Sometimes you gotta close a door to open a window”

Pablo Campos

Hometown

Alexandria, VA

College

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Major(s)

Social Work BSW, MSW

Minor(s)

In ten years come look for me...

As a clinical director at a residential treatment facility

NC STATE INVOLVEMENT

HRSA Behavioral health scholar, Shelton-Caldwell Scholar, Social Work Research assistant

Community INVOLVEMENT

Member of the Active Minds Speakers Bureau

NEXT STEPS

Father of two, therapist, wilderness leader, settling in Raleigh

FINAL THOUGHTS

The thrust I’ve felt in my life from being a part of a community that is so enriching has and will continue to echo forevermore. I only hope that I can find ways to give back a fraction of the positive energy I have received from being a student in the program. That being said, I feel that having graduated is only the beginning...

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

Ruth Parsons

Hometown

Raleigh, NC

College

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Major(s)

Biochemistry, Spanish Language, Literature

Minor(s)

Microbiology, Biotechnology

In ten years come look for me...

Probably in a laboratory somewhere?

NC STATE INVOLVEMENT

Undergraduate Research in the lab of Dr. Casey Theriot at the NC State CVM, Thomas Jefferson Scholar, WISE (resident and then mentor), Phi Beta Kappa, Teaching assistant for general microbiology and principles of biochemistry, University Tutorial Center Science tutor, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Ambassador, President of the NC State Red Cross Club, University Scholars Program

Community INVOLVEMENT

Certified Nursing Assistant at Brookdale Senior Living

NEXT STEPS

I will be working at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences as a post-baccalaureate fellow for the next year and applying to PhD programs in biochemistry during that time.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I am so grateful for the experiences I have had in this program and for the incredible people I have had the opportunity to meet!

"Life is a daring adventure or nothing."

Sam Crochet

Hometown

New Iberia, Louisiana

College

College of Engineering

Major(s)

Computer Science

Minor(s)

In ten years come look for me...

in my back yard with my fruit trees OR back in Australia!

NC STATE INVOLVEMENT

SATELLITE Co-Director, Residential Advisor, Undergraduate Research with Dr. James Tuck in Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science Ambassadors, Mental Health Ambassadors, Graduating CSC Student of Distinction for the 2019-2020 Academic Year.

Community INVOLVEMENT

Co-Director of SATELLITE from 2017-2019

NEXT STEPS

I've accepted a full time role at WillowTree as a Software Engineer and I'll be starting in Charlottesville, Virginia in the fall. I'm excited to be working for a technology company that shares so many values with the Caldwell program such as Inclusion, Excellence, Optimism and Service.

FINAL THOUGHTS

This program has truly made my undergraduate experience so meaningful in a way that is hard for me to describe, but I can reiterate how grateful I am to have had the opportunity to participate. As someone who grew up far away from North Carolina, I've felt welcome and accepted and so nurtured by this program. While my time as an undergraduate Fellow coming to a close fills me with sadness, I am constantly reminded that the continuation of this program and the opportunities that it continues to offer to students each year fills me with such joy. Caldwell has pushed me so far out of my comfort zone and challenged me in ways that were tough and extremely stressful at times, but out of these experiences I've grown tremendously in ways that I'd have never imagined. This could not have been possible without the amazing staff that I'll miss so dearly, the classes above and below me who were so insightful, and my class that I'll always adore. I admire and am fond of every single member of the class of 2020, I hope we'll always keep in touch and eventually get that flash mob coordinated for gala. Thank you for it all, and let's keep thinking big, about our possibilities in this world.

“The most dangerous phrase in the language is, ‘We've always done it this way.'"

Shayan Barlas

Hometown

Sialkot, Pakistan

College

Wilson College of Textiles

Major(s)

Textile Technology

Minor(s)

Music

In ten years come look for me...

In ten years come look for me in Pakistan doing philanthropic work and serving the community as best I can.

NC STATE INVOLVEMENT

I worked as a Reservations Assistant as well as the Hiring Manager for Rave Events and Campus Enterprises for three years. I was a part of the University Scholars Program and also an ambassador for the Wilson College of Textiles.

Community INVOLVEMENT

I volunteered for three Alternative Service Break trips, through Leadership and Civic Engagement, to the Dominican Republic, Alaska, and Mexico.

NEXT STEPS

I plan on returning to Pakistan this summer and working for my family's textile manufacturing company. I want to continue my education and will start applying for graduate schools this year.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I often reflect on how different my college experience would have been had I not been a Caldwell Fellow. I am immensely grateful to this community for shaping not only my college experience but also my personality and character into what it is today.

"What's yours will find you."

Stephen Paul

Hometown

Raleigh, NC

College

College of Engineering

Major(s)

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Minor(s)

In ten years come look for me...

I don't plan that far ahead.

NC STATE INVOLVEMENT

FREEDM, Table Tennis Club

Community INVOLVEMENT

Caldwell service-learning TA for Habitat for Humanity GIS team

NEXT STEPS

Work for a semester then grad school, probably at NCSU.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I've been thinking about what to say here, but honestly JO probably says it best, as she does often, with silence. We're all thinking similar things, about how metamorphic these past 4 years have been, reliving bittersweet memories, gratitude, or how this won't be an end but a beginning. Since we're all on the same page, I implore you to shut your brain up for a second, if not now then later when you have time. Have a little Caldwell moment of silence, and just feel your existence. You're not who you were, and you're not yet who you will be, but you are you now and there are people who love you for it.

"I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves."

Tre' Dennis

Hometown

Winston-Salem

College

College of Textiles

Major(s)

Polymer and Color Chemistry

Minor(s)

Biology

In ten years come look for me...

Going on adventures with my family, still learning, and always willing to try something new.

NC STATE INVOLVEMENT

Black Male Initiative, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Chancellor's Aide, Resident Advisor, Order of Omega, and Minority Association of Pre-health students (MAPS)

Community INVOLVEMENT

I have volunteered with Open Door Clinic, Wildwood Forest Elementary School, as well as the Boys and Girls Club

NEXT STEPS

Still trying to figure out my next steps currently, but it looks like I'll hopefully have more school in my future.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Remember in this time period to love one another, and take the time to value the time with everyone. Also, don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone because you never know what you will end up experiencing.

"You don't know what you're going to get when you get Caldwells together."