Durham Tech Alumni Spotlight

From parenthood to Durham Tech, Yun thriving as NC State Goodnight Scholar.


Madeline Yun enrolled at Durham Tech in Fall 2015.

College was a challenge for Yun at first, but it turned around quickly.

“I didn’t know what it was like to be in college because I had never been,” Yun said. “When I first started, I had forgotten how to study and I hadn’t spoken to professors before. I got to dip my toes in and try it all out at Durham Tech.”

As she worked toward an associate’s degree in engineering, she also worked part-time in the computer lab on campus.

Yun says it was challenging as a student parent.

“I struggled with the guilt of putting my daughter in daycare at such a young age,” Yun said. “There were moments where I felt like I was giving up too much precious time with her for a journey that I wasn’t sure would be beneficial for us. Self-doubt and guilt are obstacles I am learning to navigate as a student parent. Looking back, I am so grateful for the family, friends, and teachers in my life that encouraged me to continue.”

Yun graduated from Durham Tech in May 2017 and transferred to North Carolina State University where she is now majoring in Chemical Engineering. She credits Durham Tech for helping her find her career path.

Read more about Madeline Yun.

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