Student Profiles

Emma Coggins

Senior
French Track
Concentration: Finance

My name is Emma Coggins and I am from Concord, NC, just right outside of Charlotte. I graduated from Jay M. Robinson High School, studying French for four years, therefore I’m enrolled in the French Track of the IBDD program. I chose NC State specifically for Poole College of Management’s IBDD program. This program is an opportunity for me to move abroad and experience studying and working in a foreign culture. After graduating from both NC State and NEOMA Business School, I will have the skills that I need to be successful in the global business world that we experience today. I hope to put my foreign language skills to use and work for a multinational company that allows me to travel during my career.

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Emily Haddock

Sophomore
Spanish Track
Concentration: Marketing

My name is Emily Haddock and I am from New Bern, NC. I graduated from The Epiphany School of Global Studies and have studied Spanish for nine years. I was raised cheering on the Wolfpack; my dad graduated from State and my twin brother goes here as well. However, I chose NC State and the Poole College of Management because of the IBDD program. I chose NCSU’s IBDD program because I’ve always wanted to live abroad. I am most excited about the opportunity to become fluent in another language while fully immersing myself in the culture of another country. It truly is a once in a lifetime experience and I can’t wait to take full advantage of all of the opportunities I’m given during my two years abroad.

Logan Smith

Senior
French Track
Concentration: Supply Chain Management 

My name is Logan Smith and I’m from Advance, North Carolina. I graduated from Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School in Kernersville, North Carolina. The language track that I am enrolled in is the French Track. I chose IBDD because of its uniqueness and rigor. The opportunity to travel overseas and learn about how business is conducted differently, both in a professional and classroom setting is not only valuable but is also a real-life exposure to a new world. Upon graduation from both institutions, I will be equipped with a global mindset and crucial intern experience. Preparing myself for professional success whilst living in a country I have always dreamed of living in is the epitome of making the most of my college experience.

Olivia Christensen

Sophomore
Italian Track
Concentration: Entrepreneurship 

I chose NC State because I fell in love with North Carolina during a family vacation. Afterwards, I discovered that their universities were top ranked in the country. My goal was to go to a university that offers excellent programs that fit my interests. I knew that NC State was the perfect fit and after finding out about the IBDD program during orientation, I was even more excited. Every time someone asks me what I like most about my school, I answer that it has top-notch study abroad experiences and an array of opportunities. Being able to study abroad for 2 whole years compared to a summer or a semester is beyond my wildest dreams. I am so excited to be at the chance to live in Italy and fully embrace the culture and become fluent in Italian.

Sanaa McClendon

Sophomore
French Track

Concentration: Finance

My name is Sanaa McClendon, and I’m from Charlotte, NC. I graduated from Merancas Middle College High School, a dual enrollment high school with Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte. During the beginning of my senior year, I decided I wanted to study international business. I came across Poole College of Management’s IBDD program while doing research on international business programs and knew it was what I wanted because it is an opportunity to learn a new language, live and study abroad, and experience a new culture. I applied to the French track with no prior study of the language and began taking language classes in the second semester of my senior year. I know that when I graduate from NC State and NEOMA Business School, I will be an asset to the business world as it continues to globalize. I am excited to build my foreign language skills and work for a multinational company that will allow me to travel and experience even more cultures.

Vidisha Purandare

Sophomore
Spanish Track

Concentration: Marketing

Hi! My name is Vidisha Purandare and I am from Cary, NC. I studied Spanish for three years in high school, so I decided to choose the Spanish track of the IBDD program. The IBDD program was a big reason why I chose NC State. I have wanted to study abroad for as long as I remember, and I know that I want to work and live abroad in the future, so I thought this program was the perfect way to gain an intense immersive foreign experience that would properly prepare me for my future. I also thought this program was a great way to set myself apart from others and show how truly passionate I am about International Business and creating a global community. In addition, I chose NC State because I loved the campus and the Wolfpack culture, which makes this big school feel like a family!