For those who missed it, NC State is celebrating 125 years since being first established in March 7, 1887. NC State was founded to support the people of North Carolina. Since it’s humble beginnings as a university with a plot of land and no money for staff or programs, it has swelled to become the largest University in the state of North Carolina and one of the biggest, if not THE biggest, university in the central Atlantic and the third largest engineering school in the nation.
NC State has a fine tradition and one thing that was always impressed upon me (not by the sorry administration that ran the place at the time, but by family and fans) is that NC State’s tradition is undeniably linked to our own traditions. Whether we came to NC State and wore and athletic jersey, knowing the excitement of being cheered on by thousands of fans, or whether we did little more than attend class and survive to become one of the proud alumni of State College, we are all a part of what makes up NC State. Rich, poor, locals, foreigners, athletes, students, legacies, and new additions to the family, we are all what make up NC State.
Happy birthday to NC State. Happy birthday to us.
If you are on Twitter, please send a shout-out to @NCState, the new official account for beloved State College.
If you are in Raleigh, you can take a look at NC State’s 125th anniversary page for more information about events and drives.
If you are wanting something to get mad about, see my previous article on NC State’s rivalry with UNC and why the rivalry seeps down to the establishment of ‘State College’.