The Digest recently interviewed Ada Evbuomwan, a junior majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. She is originally from Benin City, Nigeria, but her family currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.
What activities and positions have you been in at NC State?
There are a few activities and positions that I have involved myself with at NC State so far. For instance, I am a library assistant at the African American Cultural Center Library and Media Room on the second floor of the Witherspoon Student Center. Working for the African American Cultural Center has greatly exposed me to modern African and African American literature. This exposure has caused me to have a greater understanding of the African Diaspora. Also, I am a Poole College of Management Student Network Group Mentor and member of the Black Business Students Association. As a Poole College of Management student, I find it imperative to be heavily involved in my college, as it develops my relationship with the Poole faculty and staff while allowing me to practice my leadership and professional skills. More specifically, I am a co-mentor for the African American Student Network Group, so my increased cultural competency from working at the African American Cultural Center enhances my ability to connect with my mentees. To fulfill my social and cultural needs on campus, I am part of the African Student Union and Botewa, which is the West African dance team. Being part of the African Student Union and Botewa has helped me find my African niche in a large campus such as NC State. Ultimately, my activities and positions at NC State University have enriched my university experience.
What have been some of your most impactful experiences while a student here?
One of my most impactful experiences while being a student at NC State is being employed at the African American Cultural Center Library and Media Room. This opportunity has taught me valuable lessons on how to be an accountable employee, manage my time wisely and serve customers effectively. Plus, being a full time student while balancing a part time job requires accountability, punctuality and efficiency. Another impactful experience for me was attending the African American Symposium. While attending the African American Symposium, I received a wealth of knowledge about resources on campus that assist minority students. This opportunity helped me succeed in my first semester at NC State because I was prepared by the mentors and leaders.
Why do you feel a diverse student body is important at NC State?
A diverse student body is important at NC State because NC State is preparing students to be competent and successful in the real world of employment. Today’s world is becoming more interconnected and diverse, so it is very important for the student body at NC State to replicate that diversity. A student body that represents the diversity of America’s melting pot will prepare students for how to deal with people from various backgrounds, nationalities and beliefs.
Do you have any words of advice for younger students?
My words of advice for younger students are to take advantage of what NC State has to offer. Although this is vague advice, it is advice that can be applied to a wide audience. Taking advantage of opportunities will give students a memorable and successful college experience. It is never too early to get involved with campus activities and organizations!