John Atkins recalls how his various experiences at NC State, both in the classroom and in extracurricular activities, contributed to his overall education. Interview on June 14, 2011. (1:21)


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It's the whole experience. 00:00.000 - 00:05.615
I mean it's-. I don't see NC State 00:05.615 - 00:11.261
and in that sense I probably-again I'm not saying one's right or wrong, I just probably view it differently. 00:11.261 - 00:22.664
You can't be student body president-. You're not student body president of the school of design, you're student body president of the university, 00:22.664 - 00:29.427
and that really gave me a broad exposure to the university, the interaction with the administration 00:29.427 - 00:37.230
But this experience of interfacing with the governor and the legislature and alumni on the name change, this experience in the studio of how do you put a building together 00:37.230 - 00:47.891
and how do you go about that, and this experience of how do you learn to think 00:47.891 - 00:52.972
and develop creative energies to do that; 00:52.972 - 00:56.522
all of those, I wouldn't say any one of them has a specific, defining moment. 00:56.522 - 01:03.121
I'd say it's cumulative, 01:03.121 - 01:06.607
and I'd also say a lot of it doesn't settle in-. 01:06.607 - 01:10.755
It doesn't all settle in until later. 01:10.755 - 01:14.018

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