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Amber Locklear: Goodnight Spotlight

Amber Locklear, Class of 2026, is intending to major in Aerospace Engineering. Read on to learn about her many goals and plans for her freshman year and beyond!

Tell us about yourself!

Hi! I’m Amber and I am a part of the Class of 2026! My current intended major is Aerospace Engineering. Although I am an Aerospace Engineering major I have never flown and this surprises a lot of people. I was born and raised in North Carolina near the southern border. I love horses and have been riding since I was eight years old. My other interests include reading and taking things apart although not necessarily putting them back together. 

Discuss your first semester at NC State.

My first semester at NC State has been an interesting one. I definitely struggled at first due to the change in teaching style, but eventually I got my bearings and was able to excel like normal. I have made wonderful friends and have done a few of the things I have dreamed about doing. I’ve learned a lot about myself and already gone through good changes, so I have definitely enjoyed my time here. 

Do you have any extracurriculars you would like to discuss?

I plan to do women’s club rugby next semester. I have always enjoyed playing a sport and it has been a great way for me to destress and meet new people. I still like to ride my horses when I can though.

What are some of your favorite things about the Goodnight Scholars Program thus far?

The support and the people most definitely! I met my friends during our first year retreat and we have been close ever since. Whenever I needed to talk about my plans for my time here at State other scholars and the pro-staff were always willing to listen and give me advice. There’s just so much opportunity within the program it’s hard to pick exactly what I want to do. 

What are some of your goals for the school year or for your undergraduate degree?

My biggest goal for my undergraduate degree is to keep my GPA above a 3.7 so I can take graduate classes and place into the Accelerated Bachelors Masters program. I also hope to join and meaningfully contribute to the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. I am Native American and I want to connect with others like me within the STEM community.

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