James Hankins discusses how NC State's political science and Teaching Fellows programs influenced his decision to attend the university. Interview on July 14, 2011. (1:53)


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Initially my career path from day one since I'm in middle school was to be an actor slash writer slash producer. 00:00:00.000 - 00:00:11.199
That's what I wanted to do. My cousin and I were trying to write movies. I wrote a couple plays and stuff that were terrible, but I wrote plays and stuff. 00:00:11.199 - 00:00:20.081
I got involved in music a lot and I was into making music and stuff like that. All that stuff was there. 00:00:20.081 - 00:00:28.581
But then I think it was in high school where I started to realize that elections mattered 00:00:28.581 - 00:00:34.833
and people that got elected and what they did was very important and that we have a responsibility to pay attention to that. 00:00:34.833 - 00:00:42.563
I also knew that I liked education and I thought education was the most important issue in our country, 00:00:42.563 - 00:00:49.804
and at that point I figured NC State has a program-at the time-it had a program in political science 00:00:49.804 - 00:00:58.545
and you could get a concentration in education and be a member of the college of humanities and social sciences, 00:00:58.545 - 00:01:04.831
so I thought that was fantastic. 00:01:04.831 - 00:01:06.921
Fortunately I was able to get the Teaching Fellows scholarship and so that helped push my decision a little bit more, 00:01:06.921 - 00:01:12.772
and State was the type of school that, you know, I wanted to experience that, and it wasn't-. 00:01:12.772 - 00:01:18.003
Of course it's not considered as lofty of a school as Carolina when it comes to aspirations in political science 00:01:18.003 - 00:01:28.853
and that area but I also knew NC State was a school that I felt comfortable in 00:01:28.853 - 00:01:33.549
and I knew that my major, I could do a lot with the political science, I could do a lot with education, 00:01:33.549 - 00:01:39.648
and the education program here, especially through Teaching Fellows, was fantastic, so that helped make my decision. 00:01:39.648 - 00:01:45.354

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