The Goodnight Scholars Program at NC State University

The Goodnight Scholars Program at NC State University

November 13, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


I’m Christopher Turnmire and I’m a Goodnight Scholar My name is Katherine Almasy and I am a Goodnight Scholar I am Carolei Bryan and I am a Goodnight Scholar My name is Bailey Craddock and I am a Goodnight Scholar We’re the Arafat brothers and we’re Goodnight Scholars [music plays] This is not just a scholarship This is not something that you recieve and you walk away and you live your college life This entirely changes your college experience and it really enhances your college experience What’s different about the Goodnights is that the program does not limit you If you want to travel all over the world, they support you If you want to do something locally, they support you I just love how they don’t limit our minds [music plays] Katie Almasy: Being in Raleigh we are especially lucky to have Research Triangle Park surrounding the campus because there are several different companies that we have had the opportunity to go and tour their campuses So we have gone to ABB which is actually located on Centennial Campus We’ve gone to Biogen Idec which is in Cary SAS which is in Cary and actually Dr. Goodnight took us around on that tour which was a lot of fun to have the donor of our scholarship involved directly in what we were doing Throughout the year we get the opportunity to have different speakers come and sit down with a group of Goodnight Scholars and we get to have dinner with them, and hear them speak on what their experiences have been like whether they are in a STEM field or not in a STEM field I got to meet Governor Hunt at one of the speaker series It’s really exciting to hear someone who was our past governor believe in us and want only the best for us and our students My favorite memory from the Goodnight Scholars Program is when the program held a banquet for Derreck Kayongo before he spoke at NC State and I had the opportunity to eat dinner with him and in the back of my mind I was thinking what other program could provide the opportunity for me to speak to such an influential figure and just having the opportunity to do that was amazing Being a STEM program, one of the things we like to do is pay it forward and take our love for STEM out into the community and go to elementary schools, middle schools, the YMCA and anywhere you might find younger children who don’t necessarily get the experience in STEM and show them why we love it The Goodnight Scholarship isn’t a reward for your high school achievements but rather it’s an investment in your future and what you have to offer to NC State, the community, and the state as a whole It’s just drilled into you here the importance of using your skills and the opportunities the program provides to pay it forward I was able to go to New Orleans through the Goodnight Scholars Program on an Alternative Service Break trip I was able to go with several other Goodnights We went down to New Orleans and we volunteered at Ochsner Medical Facility and we also volunteered at a cancer lodge The experience that we gained there was excellent We got to talk to patients, we got to help them feel better about their situation and we also got a chance to explore the city more in-depth That’s an experience you can’t replicate anywhere else the Goodnight Scholars Program gave that to me and I am thankful for that It’s really a program that develops you professionally, socially, and in service as a student and the amazing thing is that you get to do that alongside not only 50 other scholars that you enter as a class with, but with the 200 scholars across campus Katie Almasy: In college and in a lot of the honors programs that you might find yourself in it’ll often feel like you’re in a competition with other people within the Goodnight Scholars Program, it feels like you’re all on the same team instead of working against each other, you’re working with each other Christopher Turnmire: My second option if I didn’t receive any funding from scholarships was to enlist in the military and the Goodnight Scholarship has provided the opportunity for me to come to college and study Carolei Bryan: They saw me as an investment and they put in the money and the time to ensure that I become a professional student who can, one day, pay it forward Bailey Craddock: It’s just really taught me a sense of STEM advocacy not only as an education major, but how important it is that that same sense of advocacy extends to every profession in STEM and beyond Amar Arafat: When I first came here, I wanted to get involved with the Muslim community and I really didn’t know how to make that first initial step but being around the Goodnight Scholars, being around all of these amazing people they taught me how to take that next step forward Ali Arafat: They opened up opportunities that I didn’t know existed before and so when I tried those things out, and I realized that I liked them it was great to know that the Goodnight Scholars Program helped me see that stuff Katie Almasy: Once you get into college and get to be a part of this program you learn that STEM is fun whether it’s in your field or not in your field all varieties of science, technology, engineering, and math you find yourself liking [acoustic music plays]