Interviewee: Madison Bergen
Academic Program: College of Design
Major: Art + Design
The NC State College of Design is one of the most selective, challenging, and interesting colleges that our University has to offer. I interviewed Madison Bergen, a Senior in the College of Design, and I don’t know of many students at State that are more passionate about their major or better at taking advantage of the opportunities one’s major presents them with. Madi is a very talented and creative design student who specializes in fabrics, more specifically that of Japanese shibori dyeing. When asked about her personal experience in the College of Design, Madi spoke about the fantastic professors that this college has for NC State students, and the abundant tools and resources that the college provides them with to be the best artist or designer that they can be. One of her professors, Justin LeBlanc, was a finalist on the hit TV show Project Runway and is returning for the upcoming season of Project Runway: All-stars. She also spoke very highly of the open studio structure the students have, which allow them to collaborate with their fellow students and professors to learn from each other by working together and having open critiques of one another’s work.
Another awesome part of the college of design is the opportunity the students have to study abroad at the NC State Prague Institute in the Czech Republic. Madi went to Prague for the entire Spring semester of her Junior year at State, and she had some great learning and life growth experiences while learning at the institute and living in Prague for four months. Unlike most study abroad experiences where students go to different countries and stay with host families or attend foreign universities, the design students have the opportunity to study at NC State’s own institute in Prague which is owned, funded, and staffed by NC State itself. She went with all of her friends in the College of Design and they all lived together in a dorm like building just a short metro ride from the Institute. She said that the ability to study abroad while still staying in her major and taking relevant courses from all Czech professors was an incredibly rewarding experience, and she learned a ton about design and its influences on other parts of the world. I actually had the opportunity to go visit Madi while she was in Prague over spring break, and I must say it is probably the coolest study abroad program that NC State has to offer.
When it comes to different things Madi has been involved in through the College of Design, she has had the opportunity to work at NC State design camp over the summer, land an internship working at Brenner’s Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem, and participate in the Design Lab for K-12 Education program. As a design camp staff member this past summer, Madi was able to work with high school students that came and stayed on NC State’s campus for a week to work with design students and create projects to be critiqued and evaluated by the professors in the program. With her internship at Brenner’s Hospital she was able to apply her design knowledge to the art program the hospital has for disabled children, working one-on-one with them creating different crafts and other art projects. Through the K-12 Design Lab program, similar to design camp, Madi can work with high school students on different projects they have at their respective schools, and then get critiqued by the college professors here at State. Madi stated that one of her favorite parts about the College of Design are the programs and opportunities to get involved that are available to all the students, and she has definitely taken advantage of the different experiences accessible to all Design students.
Vision: The global leader in textile innovation: education, research, and service.
Mission: Through innovative educational practices and multi-disciplinary research activities, we provide visionary leadership and collaborative services to the university, State and global communities.
The recently revised Textile Technology program interweaves basic knowledge of fiber materials, science and technologies relevant to fiber processing with product design and development throughout the curriculum. The curriculum prepares students in product design/development processes, beginning with understanding of application to material selection to appropriate technologies to utilize.
Name: Ivana Mbullah
Major: Textile Technology: Technical Textiles
Why the College of Textiles?
"I chose The College of Textiles because it was the perfect fit for what I wanted to do with my career. Textiles is NC State’s best kept secret but it has so many things and opportunities to offer its students. I was able to get an internship during my first semester as a Textiles student. The career center is phenomenal and the professors and advisers really work with you to help you and establish a genuine connection. The state of the art machinery and equipment allow me to enjoy a hands on experience just as I would in the field once I graduate."
Why Textile Technology?
"My major is Textiles Technology with a concentration in Technical Textiles. I chose it mainly because I was coming from Industrial and Systems Engineering and this particular major took most of the credits I had already taken. But, aside from that, the program is phenomenal and has opened up my window of opportunity tremendously. Not only can I still work for an Engineering company, but a retail company."
Are there student organization opportunities within the college?
"Yes. There is the African-American Textiles Society, Phi Psi Textiles Fraternity and many more. You have the opportunity to be a Textiles Ambassador as well. The college and student organizations alone truly have plenty of opportunities to learn, grow, network and maximize your opportunities within the field of textiles and beyond.”
For this week’s blog, I am going to tell you about NC State’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and what better way to do so than to let you meet one of our very own CHASS ambassadors! The CHASS ambassador program is a chance for NC State students to use their leadership skills to explain the benefits offered by CHASS to prospective students (like many of you I hope!) and to help you stay up to date with the activities on campus.
Meet Madison Dull!
Major: Psychology with minors in Biology and Sociology
When Madison isn’t helping others learn why CHASS is right for them she spends her time volunteering as a community skills instructor for the Autism Society of North Carolina and working at the research labs on our campus studying human emotion and cognition. She chose CHASS to eventually earn her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology because she “thought this would be the most rewarding path”. Her favorite thing about CHASS?
“How committed the professors are to your success. They don’t act like you think most professors would. They’re here for more than just research; they take an interest in you and go out of their way to help you.”
Madison also had some very positive things to say about NC State’s Career Development Center calling it “the best place to go when you don’t know what you want to do”, but I’ll have to save that for another blog as I’m starting to run out of room. Come back to learn more about NC State’s CDC and how it can help YOU get a job! See you next time!
The student newspaper, Technician is well known in the university. Every student has grabbed at least one of the free copies available almost everywhere on campus. For the third straight year the section “Bienvenidos” has been part of it. Bienvenidos is a bilingual section (in English and Spanish) that was created on September 2012 by Miguel Sanchez and Mark Herring, both students at NC State, along with several writers and editors… (cough cough… I was one).
The idea was to create a place where people that are learning Spanish or already talked it could get together and express their opinions and to inform others about different events or opportunities for Hispanics. This type of project is not common at other universities—there are less than 10 college newspapers nationwide that do this. Some of the articles included interviews with politicians, Latin Grammy winners and nominees and book writers. If you are curious about it… go ahead and get a copy of the Technician, or check out their website: technicianonline.com/features/bienvenidos/
One of my favorite things about attending NC State is that there is always something happening on campus. The other week, Coke set up booths on Main and Centennial campus for their Share A Coke campaign. Students could have two mini cans printed—one with their name and one for a friend.
As a fan of Coca-Cola and an aspiring Marketer, I really enjoyed participating in this event! I felt so lucky to have my name (which isn’t very common) printed on a can. As usual, it feels great to be part of the Wolfpack!
One of the many things I’ve learned here at NC State is to step out of my comfort zone and try something I have never done in my life. For me, that something was dancing. Before I came to NC State, I had never danced a day of my life and I was absolutely terrified of it. I was just clumsy and awkward when it came to dancing of any type. That was before I was introduced to Bhangra. Bhangra is a high energetic folk dance originating from North India from the region Punjab. One of my friends was on the team here at NC State and I stopped by to watch them practice once. I was instantly hooked and wanted to join them so I taught myself how to dance over the summer and tried out for the team. It’s safe to say I was not the best at the time, but I was good enough to make the team and continued to improve as a dancer. That was almost three years ago and since then I have competed in 9 competitions from all over the east coast, the most recent being back in August in New York. Here’s a few pictures from my travels and competitions. Hope you all enjoy!
Big Apple Bhangra 2014
Boston Bhangra 2013
Virsa Punjab Da 2012
Cary Mela 2011
Where I lived at on campus last year was literally as far away as possible from most of my classes. I quickly learned that I had two options: I could wake up early and try to speed walk to my classes or I could figure out the bus system. I chose the latter.
At first I was worried because I had never used any type of public transportation before. I come from a rural area, we do not have a bus system. Then someone told me about the TransLoc app that you can download. You can look directly at the NC WolfLine routes. It will tell you what buses go to what stops, when they will be there, and you can even see them moving in their routes. Best of all, the WolfLine is free to the public, and free to you as an NC State student!
For all current and future students who have not taken a bus yet, I highly recommend you try it out. Here are a few tips to ensure a pleasant experience:
NC State University is a place of opportunities and life changing experiences even, in the summer time. This past summer I spent my time working for Admissions and all I can say is that it was one of the most rewarding ways to spend my time!
#1 I had a front row seat to the amount of preparation it takes to plan for the upcoming year!
#2 I was able to meet students and families from all over the country and around the world!
#3 I was able to meet the participants of GEAR UP during their visit and help out with the event.
#4 I was able to meet with students from the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation during their visit to NC State.
#5 I helped the Admissions team when the Carolina College Advising Corps came to visit NC State University.
#6 (side note) I watched the Women’s National Soccer Team play, in the Raleigh area, against Switzerland!
#6 I found my love for education, diversity, and college access!
However, the most exciting thing I was blessed to be a part of was: the Native Education Forum program in Colorado! Undergraduate Admissions gave me the opportunity to fly to Colorado with amazing counselors to learn more about recruiting prospective students, specifically Native Americans. We worked alongside Colorado State University in a college access program (which allowed high school students to experience college, gain college credit, and work with Native faculty). I became a mentor for high school students during this time and it was an incredible experience! I hope to keep in touch with my high school mentees—they have inspired me more than they know & have a special place in my heart! I am truly blessed and grateful towards the Undergraduate Admissions for this involvement. Like I said before, NC State is a place of opportunities and life changing experiences!
So how did you spend your summer?