Pauline Gane definitely made the most of her time at NC State this fall. She is a SKEMA Business School student who spent the semester in Raleigh at the school’s study abroad site here on Centennial Campus.
“I’ve learned a lot during my semester here at NC State,” Gane said. “I met amazing people with whom I could have great discussions about everything. Culturally speaking, I loved debates about social issues and challenging my own perspective about it.”
Gane obtained a certificate of completion for the GTI’s Cultural Exchange Network by participating in 10 hours of academic and service learning activities, such as volunteering to glean sweet potatoes at the Society of St. Andrews’ annual Yam Jam.
She also became very involved with the Center for Student Leadership, Ethics, and Public Service: she went on an Alternative Service Break trip to Washington DC with other NC State students, she attended numerous leadership workshops and events, and she connected with several CSLEPS staff members who helped nurture her enthusiasm for engagement and appetite for learning about leadership and service.
“Pauline has excelled as a student leader and her contributions to our campus and surrounding community have not gone unnoticed,
said Dawn Morgan, the coordinator for CSLEPS. “She has taken advantage of every opportunity offered to her and as a result of her networking and enthusiasm to participate in various programs and initiatives, she has enhanced her experiences.”
Pauline obtained the Visionary Leadership Certificate in her one semester on campus. The requirements for applying for the certificate include participating in 12 Leadership Development Series workshops and logging 20 hours of community service or civic engagement. Pauline went above and beyond and logged 38 service hours, including 18 hours with the NC State Women’s Center Read to L.E.A.D. program, and attended 20 workshops.
“The workshops are really diverse and tackle a lot of subjects, so it was really interesting to learn about all that,” Gane said.
She also spent the semester as a team leader for NC State’s B Corp Clinic at HQ Raleigh, and she helped one of the start-up companies there work toward their B Corp Label application.
Gane is studying business management at SKEMA and hopes to be a social entrepreneur after she graduates. She said the semester in Raleigh helped her verbalize her passions and gave the ability to express her visions and ideals more clearly.
“This semester was really a great journey for me and I feel a lot more mature now about what I want to do with my life and what I’m passionate about,” she added.
“Pauline is leaving a legacy at NC State that embodies the drive and ambition to get involved and make the most of one’s time in college,” Morgan said. “My hope is that through her experiences, reflections and testimony other students will understand the benefits of being engaged deeply in their university setting and will be inspired and encouraged to do the same.”