When Junpai Dowdy ’21 was rising up, he was all the time one of many quickest youngsters in school. By eighth grade, he realized he had a expertise on the monitor and after collaborating in summer season monitor packages, he selected to attend NC State College and to be part of the monitor and area crew.
As a member of the Wolfpack Monitor and Subject Workforce, Dowdy primarily runs the 400m, however now and again, he might get thrown into the 200m, the 4x100m relay or the 4x400m relay.
And it’s the competitors that he enjoys most concerning the sport of monitor and area.
“It’s totally different from different sports activities in that you just put the whole lot you might have into one, quick second. It’s much like possibly swimming. The second is so quick that you may’t afford to mess up,” he stated. “What I really like concerning the NC State monitor crew is that everyone could be very distinctive and I like the variety. I just like the folks right here. Everybody has nice vitality and it’s simply enjoyable throughout.”
Dowdy selected NC State due to its status, its use of the newest know-how, its proximity to his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, and since they’d a great monitor and area crew.
When he arrived on campus, Dowdy wasn’t positive what main to pursue, so he enrolled in exploratory studies with the hope of discovering the perfect match for him. He explored a number of totally different majors and realized he had an curiosity in engineering, notably mechanical or electrical.
However he wasn’t bought on engineering as an entire. He stated he wished one thing extra sensible and hands-on with comparable features of engineering. That’s when he discovered the NC State Faculty of Training’s technology, engineering, and design education program with a minor in graphic communications.
“I really like how the foremost touches on the whole lot. You get a really feel for what know-how is and also you get to undergo a design course of of making and modeling one thing, which I feel is essential by way of understanding what you need and how one can get there,” Dowdy stated. “We realized a lot about so many issues. We did slightly little bit of programming, robotics, wooden store, metallic welding and a few metallic work. I feel it’s extra sensible engineering. It’s one thing you expertise.”
Dowdy put his design expertise to the check whereas participating in an internship with the NC State College Division of Athletics, the place he labored with the visible design crew. He used his information and experience in Adobe merchandise, similar to Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator, to create and design graphics for numerous advertising and marketing items, together with posters, brochures and emails for a number of athletic packages.
Certainly one of his most memorable creations was designing buying and selling playing cards for the baseball crew. The buying and selling playing cards have been to be distributed to followers at each house recreation.
“Doing the buying and selling playing cards was fairly cool. They’d the gamers’ top, weight and a few private questions, similar to celeb crush, favourite meals and favourite little league second,” he stated. “Since I hadn’t actually talked to many baseball gamers, I obtained to study so much about them.”
Dowdy, who graduated this previous Might, is at present on the lookout for a place much like what he was doing throughout his internship. Together with his diploma in know-how, engineering, and design training, Dowdy feels his diploma permits him to maneuver into a number of areas. He’s even desirous about presumably creating and designing visuals for a gaming firm.
As a student-athlete and a current alumnus of the NC State Faculty of Training, Dowdy says he has realized many expertise that he’ll be capable of use in his profession, in addition to some expertise he was in a position to switch to the monitor. A type of being perseverance.
“Regardless that I’ve failed a variety of instances, I do know that I can all the time do higher. I can all the time inspire myself to get to the following step and attempt to end. And I all the time find yourself ending,” he stated.
Being within the Faculty of Training additionally taught Dowdy how to consider issues in another way. When he was on the monitor, he stated he would take into consideration a sure approach that his coach was speaking about and attempt to analyze it otherwise and thru a unique lens. He would additionally use the educating expertise he gained to consider how one can study a way, but additionally how one can educate his teammates a way and take into consideration one of the best ways for them to study it.
“I’ve been in a position to educate my friends, and that’s a fantastic factor.”