Juniors Chandler Thompson and Sam Dennis, both of whom blog for us and both of whom are Alumni Association Student Ambassadors, were announced as this year’s Leaders of the Pack at Saturday’s Homecoming football game. Chandler writes here about the experience and what it meant to her, and NCSU.EDU caught up with the pair after the announcement.
Wow! What a weekend. It is a great honor to be selected as Leader of the Pack along with Sam Dennis, especially considering the many outstanding student leaders we have at NC State. It was a great ending to an awesome Homecoming week. Congratulations to the Homecoming Committee and all the Alumni Association Student Ambassadors for a successful week. I saw Wolfpack pride everywhere I went!
I think this was the first game I have ever been to where I didn’t watch much football. There were too many distractions — including the anticipation of the announcement at halftime and visiting the Chancellor’s Suite before the game. It was fun being down on the field, I’ve never done that at NC State except at the Kay Yow Spring Game. My stepdad and mom were down there with me. I really wish my dad could have been there. He’s a big part of the reason I love NC State so much, but I really enjoyed sharing the moment with my mom and stepdad.
Its really special to go through the process (which consisted of a review of your grades, an essay application, interviews and a student vote) and be named Leader of the Pack. I think this shows that I am really making a difference in student’s lives with the various traditions projects I am passionate about. It’s great to know that other students recognize my love and passion for NC State and how I strive as a leader to make NC State the best school possible. I dedicate my time to serving the community and NC State because it is what I love.
The best thing that can come out of this is more awareness for the importance of traditions at NC State. It would be great if more people know about The Brick (the student-produced book about the history and traditions of NC State) and the 54 Things to Do at NC State deck of cards. Sam and I are working hard on these projects every day.