Growing up in ’21, Junpai Dowdy was always one of the fastest students in school. In eighth grade, he realized he had a talent for athletics, and after participating in summer sports programs, he decided to attend NC State University and become part of the athletics team.
As a member of the Wolfpack athletics team, Dowdy mainly runs the 400m, but every now and then he can also be thrown into the 200m, the 4x100m relay or the 4x400m relay.
And it is the competition he enjoys most in athletics.
“It differs from other sports in that you bundle everything you have in a short moment. It’s similar to maybe swimming. The moment is so short that you can’t afford to screw something up, ”he said. “What I love about the NC State Track Team is that everyone is very unique and I like diversity. I like the people here. Everyone has a lot of energy and it’s just all-round fun. “
Dowdy chose NC State because of its prestige, use of the latest technology, proximity to his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, and because they had a good athletics team.
When he got to campus, Dowdy didn’t know which degree to study, so he enrolled exploratory study hoping to find the best for him. He studied various courses and found that he was interested in engineering, particularly mechanics or electrical engineering.
But he was not convinced of the technology as a whole. He said he wanted something more practical and practical with similar aspects of technology. That’s where he found the NC State College of Education Technology, engineering and design education program with a minor in graphic communication.
“I love how the major touches everything. You get a sense of what technology is and you can go through a design process where you create and model something which I think is very important to know what you want and how to get there, ”said Dowdy. “We learned so much about so many things. We did a bit of programming, robotics, woodworking, metal welding, and some metalwork. I think it’s more practical technique. It is something that you experience. “
Dowdy demonstrated his design skills while doing an internship in the Department of Athletics at NC State University, where he worked with the visual design team. He used his knowledge and experience of Adobe products such as Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator to create and design graphics for various marketing items, including posters, brochures and emails for various sports programs.
One of his most memorable creations was designing trading cards for the baseball team. The trading cards should be distributed to the fans at every home game.
“Making the trading cards was pretty cool. They had the height, weight of the players and some personal questions like celebrity crush, favorite foods and favorite moments in the little league, ”he said. “Since I hadn’t really spoken to many baseball players, I learned a lot about them.”
Dowdy, who graduated last May, is currently looking for a position similar to what he was doing during his internship. With a degree in technology, engineering and design training, Dowdy believes his degree will enable him to move into multiple fields. He’s even interested in possibly creating and designing visuals for a game company.
As a student athlete and a new alumnus of NC State College of Education, Dowdy says he learned many skills that he can apply in his career, as well as some skills that he was able to transfer to the track. One of them is persistence.
“Even if I’ve failed many times, I know that I can always do better. I can always motivate myself to move on to the next step and try to finish. And in the end I’m always done, ”he said.
The College of Education also taught Dowdy to think differently. If he was on the track, he said he would think about a particular technique his trainer was talking about and try to analyze it in a different way and through a different lens. He also used the teaching skills he had learned to think about how to learn a technique, but also how to teach his teammates a technique and how best to learn it.
“I’ve been able to teach my colleagues something and that’s a great thing.”