Student Legacy Spotlight: The Kennedys

The Kennedys

Each year, the College of Education welcomes freshman students continuing a family tradition of attending NC State. In this new series, we profile our freshman legacy students and their parent(s) who are proud Wolfpack graduates.

Christin Kennedy is a freshman studying mathematics education. Her father, Wayne Kennedy, graduated from NC State with a degree in electrical engineering in 1994, and completed his MBA with the university in 2007.

Here’s what Christin and Wayne Kennedy had to say about their decisions to attend NC State and their experiences at the university.

Why did you choose to attend NC State?

Christin Kennedy (CK): I chose NC State because I grew up around the campus and felt most comfortable here. Also, the College of Education attracted me to NC State.

Wayne Kennedy (WK): I chose NC State initially for their outstanding engineering program. I also chose NC State for my MBA due to the outstanding value and high quality of the program.

What was your reaction to your daughter choosing to attend NC State?

(WK): I was proud and excited for her to build upon the family legacy!

What specifically drew you to the College of Education?

(CK): I was drawn to the College of Education because I love helping others and knew from the start that I wanted to be a teacher. Attending NC State, I knew that the College of Education was strong. I love the close network of students and advisors, and the support system.

Tell us about your first semester! What did you learn? What were your classes like? 

(CK): I had a great first semester! I learned a lot about time management and studying hard, especially since I came and started taking calculus 3.

Tell us about your time at NC State. What are your best memories? 

(WK): Though there were some long hours studying, I enjoyed engaging with the lifelong friends I made at NC State, the interactions with my professors and most of all, going to NC State football games.

What are you most excited to do in your next 3.5 years at NC State?

(CK): I am most excited about learning more and continuing to work toward my end goal of a career in education.

What was your biggest accomplishment during your time at NC State?

(WK): Completing my electrical engineering degree!