Student Success: Cameron Bright

University Honors Students are some of the most ambitious, studious, and driven students that our university has. Many of our students choose to be involved in many facets of our community and go above and beyond in their fields. One example is Cameron Bright. This young man is not only an Honors Student; he is also the President of the Inter-Residence Council (IRC), does 10 hours of research in synthetic biology a week, and works within the Caldwell Fellows program.

Cameron chose to be part of the Honors Program because it “offered [him] the opportunity to engage in expansive thought on a variety of social and academic subjects while also emphasizing the contextual value of those ideas when going deep within one’s discipline through research.” He values the vast opportunities that the Honors Program offers and says it’s what drew him to NC State. He says his favorite part of the program is that “it brings together a legion of unambiguously thoughtful and unabashedly curious individuals and challenges them to think together to become better.”

“It brings together a legion of unambiguously thoughtful and unabashedly curious individuals and challenges them to think together to become better.”

Initially, Cameron gave back to the community he cherishes so deeply by contributing within the Quad Area Council. His goal was, “to get involved with a student-lead agent of change at NC State,” and his progression through IRC has fulfilled that goal. His position has given him access to many mentors and guides, challenged him with difficult group dynamics and different thought-provoking projects, and has pushed him to collaborate and cooperate with administration and hundreds of students and organizations.

Cameron is someone that values self-improvement and is constantly looking for ways to grow himself and his community. He says that “running for IRC President was about taking [his] own efforts to the next level, finalizing [his] narrative with the organization, and maximizing the benefits of our home on campus for as many other residents as possible.” He has many requirements, assignments, and tasks in his position, but all are for the betterment of the whole university. Cameron says that the most rewarding part of what he gets to do is “when someone comes to [him] about a problem or something they’d like to accomplish and I’m able to contribute to making their home a better place.”

Even with all his duties, Cameron stays involved in UHP and the Quad. He helps with move-in and open house, Q&As with incoming students, undergraduate research, bringing the hammock posts into the Quad, and he continuously vouches for both the program and the village at all relevant meetings that he attends. Cameron says that he most certainly considers the Quad his home.

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