Kobe, a transfer student, was seeking community and a sense of belonging. This is how he found it.
When I transferred to NC State, I really struggled to find my place on campus. My first semester, the only place I had to go back to after class was my dorm. Now I spend all my time at Hillel on Hillsborough Street. Any time a student walks in, we ask each other how we’re doing. There’s always someone to talk to. Even if we’re working silently, it’s a place to be together.
At Hillel I truly feel comfortable and safe. It’s really hard to make friends in large classes, but talking to people at Hillel events, it’s great to have Judaism in common - it’s something to jump off of to make friends. Honestly, all my friends come from Hillel. Here I instantly felt at home. I got that warm fuzzy feeling.
I also feel like I was disconnected from my Judaism for so long and Hillel gave me the chance to reconnect. For example, this summer I did Birthright with North Carolina Hillel and I’m really glad I went. I felt so at home in a place that I expected to feel foreign. Now I have the confidence to participate in conversations about Judaism and Israel. I feel so lucky to have had these life-changing experiences.
I am so proud of the community we are building at NC State.
Kobe Friedman, NC State, December '19
Hometown: Charlotte, NC