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NMSU student recognized for accomplishments during NSE exchange

Eric Reed, a New Mexico State University civil engineering major, was one of two students awarded the Bette Worley National Student Exchange Student Achievement Award.


A photo of Eric Reed, recipient of the Bette Worley National Student Exchange Student Achievement Award.
Eric Reed, a New Mexico State University civil engineering major, was one of two students awarded the Bette Worley National Student Exchange Student Achievement Award.

Reed, on exchange at North Carolina State University for the 2010-2011 academic year, was selected from among nearly 3,000 students who participate in NSE annually.

The NSE allows students to spend up to one year at another college or university in the United States, paying their normal NMSU tuition. NSE provides a network of colleges and universities through which students have an opportunity to experience living and studying in a different environment.

"NSE was an opportunity to isolate the variables in my life and strive to be the person I really want to be," Reed said.

The Bette Worley NSE Student Achievement Award recognizes students who demonstrate the best use of their participation in NSE. While at North Carolina State University, Reed's host coordinators commended Reed for managing to earn a 3.9 GPA while taking a challenging upper-level engineering course load. Because of his hard work, Reed was offered a part-research/part-assistantship position.

"Eric qualified for the Bette Worley National Student Exchange Student Achievement Award through his display of courage, initiative, determination, leadership and personal growth," said Bruce Vandevender, NMSU NSE coordinator. "Once on the host campus, he had the determination to seek out and develop his leadership skills through multiple campus and community involvement. He used the exchange experience to challenge himself to grow personally."

Reed also took time to organize a concert to raise money to benefit a community in Uganda. As a result, he was invited to travel to that community.

During his time at North Carolina State, Reed also connected with students in the Park Scholars Program, a prestigious scholarship program, and traveled with them to Washington, D.C. He also was a mentor for a fourth-grade student at Hunter Elementary School in Raleigh and participated in a Sacrificial Spring Break, building homes with Habitat for Humanity.

"My exchange taught me a lot about who I am, what I care about, how people work, where I stand as a Christian, and how to be comfortable in many different situations," Reed said. "These lessons have changed my life by refining how I look at the world."

For more information about NSE, contact Bruce Vandevender at nse@nmsu.edu or visit www.nse.org.