Now I’m not the biggest history buff in the world, but I do like understanding and hearing about the history of certain places I’ve been or things I’ve experienced. World history and U.S. History aren’t the most interesting topics in the world, but NC State History? That’s a completely different story. Last week I was given the opportunity to look through the 1926 Agromeck (NC State’s yearbook) thanks to one of the assistant directors here in the office. This might sound like a bore to some people, to be looking through a yearbook that is almost 100 years old, but for me I was flipping though the pages of that book awestruck at all the awesome NC State memories that were in there. I have been able to look through some old Agromecks before (my grandfather’s issues from 1956-59) and those are fantastic as well, but the older these books get, the cooler they are to me.
I have loved watching NC State’s campus transform in just the three years I have been here already. I’ve been able to see a brand new award winning library spring up on our centennial campus, which is already rapidly growing every day, as well as see the new Talley Student Union coming together in what is practically my backyard on main campus. But to be able to look at the old pictures of the campus is 1926 and see how far our university has come and expanded in 88 years is pretty sweet. The different uses of the buildings such as the 1911 Building now being administrative offices and classrooms, used to be one of the first dormitories on campus. Leazar Hall, now home of The College of Design, used to be the dining hall for students. Winston Hall, home of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (my college-GO CHASS) used to be the home of the engineering school. I love knowing about the history of these buildings that I work in and spend so much time in here as a student. I also love knowing that I am here at school contributing to this university that some students a century from now might come to appreciate and be interested in just like I am today about the stuff that went on at NC State in 1926.
One of the cool things about this Agromeck was that under each Senior photograph that was in the yearbook, there was a small cartoon that may or may not have been drawn by that respective student, I couldn’t really tell, and they were all very funny and related to the time period or NC State. Just the design of the yearbook and the graphics and other advertisements on the mostly black and white pages were so interesting and it was fun to dive into some old NC State life right there in that book. But the main reason for even posting about this yearbook was a statement that was on one of the pages before the student life section, and what it said a perfect representation of life here at NC State.
These paragraphs talking about the indescribable nature of college life are spot on. I try and try to describe how much I love life at NC State and why I love it so much, but it really is so fantastic it that my explanations of it can never be thoroughly understood; they must be experienced. College is a magical place where you can find yourself and learn how to live and learn what you love, and NC State is the perfect place for uncovering all these mysteries of life. The traditions of this place, the abundant opportunities, the thousands of things to do all the time, the fact that we are in Raleigh, the rambunctiousness of our fans at sporting events, the beautiful and innovative campus, I could go on and on about it all. I thought that this statement couldn’t have been more accurate about life as an NC State student, and I am so grateful that I was able to stumble upon it in this awesome 1926 yearbook.