Governor James Baxter Hunt, Jr. discusses why he chose to attend NC State, as well as his decision to change his major. Interview on May 29, 2012. (2:20)

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Well I decided to go to NC State 00:00:00.000 - 00:00:05.888
primarily because of 00:00:05.888 - 00:00:10.039
my background in agriculture. 00:00:10.039 - 00:00:14.678
I first planned to 00:00:14.678 - 00:00:20.336
major in dairy husbandry. 00:00:20.336 - 00:00:25.018
I'd grown up with a little small dairy, 00:00:25.018 - 00:00:27.820
we milked about fifteen, twenty cows each day, 00:00:27.820 - 00:00:31.521
and I thought, well, I'll be a dairy farmer. 00:00:31.521 - 00:00:36.383
So I intended to get my degree in dairy husbandry 00:00:36.383 - 00:00:46.279
and I stayed in that for a couple years, 00:00:46.279 - 00:00:50.425
took some of those tough courses in chemistry, 00:00:50.425 - 00:00:55.452
and then I saw another tough chemistry course coming up. 00:00:55.452 - 00:01:02.417
....trying to remember which one it was... 00:01:02.417 - 00:01:05.240
...but it was reputed to be the toughest course in the college 00:01:05.240 - 00:01:10.258
and I didn't much want to take it. 00:01:10.258 - 00:01:13.780
But that wasn't the main reason I changed my major. 00:01:13.780 - 00:01:17.871
I changed my major because I decided 00:01:17.871 - 00:01:21.306
that becoming an agriculture teacher was something I might rather do, 00:01:21.306 - 00:01:26.625
and we had a department of education that offered a degree in agricultural education, 00:01:26.625 - 00:01:33.024
leading to becoming a vocational agriculture teacher or to other things you could do. 00:01:33.024 - 00:01:37.618
So I switched my major and majored in agricultural education 00:01:37.618 - 00:01:46.600
and of course later on I got a master's degree in agricultural economics 00:01:46.600 - 00:01:50.681
and my master's thesis was judged one of the three best in America 00:01:50.681 - 00:01:55.314
by the American Farm Economic Association. 00:01:55.314 - 00:01:58.306
But I went to NC State, I guess, because I 00:01:58.306 - 00:02:05.006
identified with the agricultural economy and the farm people 00:02:05.006 - 00:02:09.447
and I wanted to try to make things better for them. 00:02:09.447 - 00:02:13.922

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