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Student Spotlight – Ian Seidel

Ian Seidel


  • Anderson, SC

High School Graduation Year:

  •  2020


  • BS, Paper Science and Engineering, 2024
  • BS, Chemical Engineering, 2024

Work Experience:

  •  Product Development Intern at First Quality Tissue in Anderson, SC (Summer 2021)

Why did you choose Paper Science and Engineering (PSE)?

  • I originally applied to NC State for chemical engineering alone, and I didn’t think I’d actually end up in Raleigh for college. However, I began receiving emails from the paper science program (regarding professional development, job placement, and hands-on learning experiences) that slowly piqued my interest. After answering some preliminary questions, I was invited to campus for the Super Paper Scholars weekend event and instantly saw how well-managed and supportive the PSE program was. This, alongside an emphasis on sustainability and numerous scholarship opportunities, is why I decided to add PSE as a major and attend NC State.

What is your favorite thing about Paper Science and Engineering?

  • Although it was difficult to experience during the pandemic, the paper science program is a tight-knit community who gets the best of both worlds by being in the College of Engineering and College of Natural Resources. We get plenty of individual attention from professors and tons of resources to help us succeed in the classroom.

What is your favorite thing about NC State?

  • NC State seems like it strikes a rare balance between great academics, great campus life/extracurriculars, and a decent diversity in the student body. My favorite thing, however, is probably the Howling Cow ice cream.

What advice would you offer to an incoming freshman?

  •  You’ve heard it all already, but the clich├ęs are true: attend your classes, socialize with new people, and try new things (even if you don’t think you’ll like it). College is your time to determine who you want to be as an individual. If you work hard during the week, relax on weekends, and schedule time in between to experiment with new hobbies/activities, you’ll be absolutely fine.

What is your favorite extra-circular activity? 

  • I’ve always enjoyed minor league baseball games- the casual atmosphere, the unique ballparks, the bizarre mascots and team names- so one of my hobbies is collecting MiLB hats. For every new ballpark I visit and every new home team I see play, I pick up a cap to remember the experience. I have some pretty good memories tied to each one, and you can often find me wearing them around on campus.

What is the biggest obstacle you have faced thus far?

  • I mean, there’s not any other answer, is there? What’s more difficult than adjusting to college life during a pandemic? I’m proud to say I survived my freshman year when I couldn’t interact with other students, attend classes in person, or enjoy any of the benefits of living on campus.