Commencement speaker shares NDSU experience

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NDSU graduating senior Darby Beyer describes her collegiate career as an important time of personal growth. It is a reflective message she will share with her classmates.

Beyer is the class representative who will give an address during virtual winter commencement ceremonies, scheduled for Friday, Dec. 18, at 10 a.m. 

Below, Beyer shares some of her personal experiences at NDSU and gives her thoughts on why the university such a special place:  

Student: Darby Beyer

Major: Industrial engineering

Hometown: Chokio, Minnesota

Lasting impression
The thing that had the largest impact on my time at NDSU was living in the Engineering Learning Community. My freshman year, I lived in the Learning Community in Sevrinson Hall. I was so nervous to leave home and move to a university over 100 times the size of my high school, but within a week the students in the learning community made me feel at home. It was amazing to find other students that shared the same interests as me. Also, knowing people in my classes, have people to go to campus events with and feeling like I had people to rely on helped me get off to a great start to my college career.

NDSU experience
My NDSU experience was made great by being involved in student organizations. I started out joining the Society of Women Engineers and IEEE. I also became involved in Student Government, Greek Life and honor societies. I met my best friends and found upperclassmen mentors in these groups. Without the people I met in these organizations, I may not have changed my major or achieved the level of success I had in the classroom. My NDSU education gave me hands-on project experience that has provided me an advantage in getting internships and jobs. I also gained leadership experience that will be valuable in my career development.

Future plans
I am planning to start as a system engineer at Honeywell in Minneapolis.