Giving Back

Adam Compton discusses how NC State changed his life and how it inspired him to give back to the community and state.

Interview on 2011-11-28


00:00:00.000 My student experience has really changed my life.
00:00:05.325 My time at NC State has really changed my life.
00:00:08.434 I love this university so much because of all the great things it's given me.
00:00:15.665 It's helped me to grow incredibly as a leader.
00:00:18.957 It's helped me to grow in the way that I think about things, the way that I do things,
00:00:22.743 the way that I'm able to-everything from where my priorities are
00:00:30.363 to focusing on how do I go forward in the future.
00:00:33.783 I want to have an impact on this country and this world.
00:00:39.265 When I came to NC State I wanted to be an engineer, I wanted to graduate, move back to where I was from,
00:00:46.297 buy a house, get married, have kids, maybe run for school board;
00:00:51.045 nothing really more.
00:00:53.519 But coming to NC State and seeing-. Bill Friday I think said it best.
00:00:58.623 At the time when he gave his graduation speech he said thirty thousand North Carolinians live and work in poverty,
00:01:05.528 paying taxes to support your education.
00:01:09.256 Now what are you going to do for them? That's something I really take to heart,
00:01:13.790 that everybody's paid into my college tuition,
00:01:17.867 that I want to give back to this university, to this state, to the world,
00:01:22.749 that so much has been given to me, and that's kind of my philosophy of life now, is that I want to help others succeed.
00:01:29.513 I want to see this university continue to grow.
00:01:32.576 I want to continue to give back because so much has been given to me.
00:01:36.912 I was able to come here on pretty much a full ride between two scholarships
00:01:41.813 and I spent six or seven years here as a student
00:01:48.589 and just learned so much. It's really made me the person that I am today.