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Goodnight Spotlight: Eunyss Froa

Eunyss Froa (Class of 2027) dives into her artistic hobbies, her passion for efficiency and puzzle-solving which led to Industrial Engineering, and how she was able to stay connected with her Filipino culture at NCSU.

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I’m a proud Filipino American, and I come from a close-knit large family. My grandparents and parents migrated to the U.S. in the 90s. I grew up in a military family, so when I’m asked where I grew up I just say North Carolina because I’ve lived here the longest, but my favorite place I’ve lived was Alaska. It was so beautiful there year-round, and I just love the snow.

I’m the first in my immediate family to go to college, which sometimes puts pressure on me, but the support from my family and friends has made it easier to adjust and navigate through my first year.  

All my life I’ve had a passion for creating and puzzle-solving. I’ve probably tried almost every type of creative outlet, from drawing/painting to video editing. I even dabbled in songwriting with my friends when we were 15. It wasn’t great but it was fun. I’m also a huge board game fanatic and I enjoy playing with my family and friends. 

What is your major and why did you decide to pursue it?

My intended major is Industrial Engineering. When I first came to the State I was undecided; then I met my Goodnight mentor, Andrea Zamudio. I heard about Industrial Engineering over the summer when I was at an engineering camp here at NC State, but it wasn’t until I spoke with my mentor, whose major is Industrial Engineering, that I realized I liked the problem-solving and system efficiency components of the major. I’m someone who prefers to do things as efficiently as possible so  

Are you involved or interested in any extracurricular activities?

I want to be more involved with STEM clubs at NC State. I’m interested in joining the Science Olympiad Alumni Association where I’d help facilitate the events. I competed in high school and had so much fun, and I’d enjoy being able to still be involved with the organization. I sometimes play recreational volleyball at Carmicheal, but I want to play more often and improve my skills.

Have you been able to connect your ethnic and racial background to your time at NCSU?

At NC State I’m involved with FASA which is the Filipino American Student Association. Through this group, I’ve been able to meet and bond with such a supportive and amazing community. FASA has hosted events that incorporate Filipino culture like a Filipino language trivia night, a Filipino food thanksgiving, game nights where we play Filipino games, and of course karaoke. I’ve had so much fun at these events, I’ve even invited my non-Filipino friends to come with me because I enjoy sharing my culture. 

How has your experience been with the Goodnight Scholars program?

The Goodnight Scholars program has been amazing so far. I’m most grateful for the people I’ve met within the program. The Pro Staff are so supportive and great people to connect with. The scholars in my cohort are all amazing, everyone is so unique so hanging out with them is never dull. The support and community I find within the Goodnight Scholar program is unmatched. I have also enjoyed all the programs that Goodnight offers. I’ve got to do so many fun things like go to a cat cafe, watch concerts, and by far my favorite, play volleyball! Through Goodnight, I’ve gotten to enhance my professional image through networking and resume and LinkedIn workshops in class.     

Can you tell us a couple of long-term goals for the next few years while at State?

I guess a big one would be not failing a class, but I want to be more involved on campus and with the Goodnight Scholars program so that I can share my experiences and help current and incoming students navigate their college path. I want to study abroad somewhere in Europe. I love traveling and studying in a new country sounds like such a cool opportunity. In the next few years, I want to find internships and networking opportunities related to my major so that I can gain knowledge and get a better idea of what exactly I want to pursue as a career. My mental and physical health is also a big priority to me, so I want to be consistent with going to the gym or being active playing sports, as well as making time to connect with my friends and family.