John Earnhardt discusses how, while he was in high school, he decided to study engineering and therefore to attend NC State. Interview on November 15, 2012. (1:58)

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There were a few people that had attended State in my church. There were two engineers and somebody that had been in agriculture. 00:00:00.000 - 00:00:16.785
My grades were very good in all technical things, and my mother actually, at church, 00:00:16.785 - 00:00:28.500
asked one of these older people who had been to State to just talk to me a little bit because there was nobody in my immediate neighborhood 00:00:28.500 - 00:00:42.850
to talk with that would even know what engineering or agricultural education was all about. So I talked with, Harry [Hollick?] was his name, and he was an electrical engineer. 00:00:42.850 - 00:00:47.247
He told me what kinds of things I might be doing as an engineer, and that appealed to me: Conservation of natural resources, how to make things work better, how to have a concept and make a product, 00:00:47.247 - 00:01:15.042
engineering and production and so on. So that was some of the help that got me started toward NC State, 00:01:15.042 - 00:01:25.997
and of course I liked the idea that in engineering the school was strong. 00:01:25.997 - 00:01:34.074
We were a large family and not a wealthy family so it was very important that I could go to school, 00:01:34.074 - 00:01:43.008
and while I didn't mind incurring debt, I could go to school and be able to pay off my loans. 00:01:43.008 - 00:01:50.600

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