Where are you now? Brad Reeves
Mississippi State University has over 124,000 alumni living across the globe. Of those, many young alumni are making their way in their respective careers and fields of study. Brad Reeves of Jackson, Miss., is one of those individuals who recently wrote a letter to his fellow alumni about his experiences at MSU.
Originally from Jackson, Brad graduated from Mississippi State in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in management and construction of land development. After leaving MSU, Brad attended law school and graduated in 2005. He now practices law with Balch & Bingham LLP. His wife, Dr. Mandy Armstrong Reeves, graduated from MSU in 2003 and practices medicine at Jackson Healthcare for Women. Brad is active with the MSU Alumni Association and serves on the executive committee of the national board of directors, as well as the board of the Central Mississippi Alumni Chapter.
While recently attending a continuing education seminar for Mississippi State alumni attorneys, I had the opportunity to walk across the Drill Field on a Friday afternoon. It brought a smile to my face as I recalled memories and friendships from my college days during my stroll amongst the historic brick buildings. It occurred to me how much of my life was shaped by my years on MSU's beautiful campus. It has been over 10 years since I received my diploma from the university, yet I still continue to benefit from the education I received at Mississippi State.
Looking back, I still remember the allure of private and out-of-state institutions for a high school senior. It was exciting to visit these schools and learn about their offerings. As the son of a Mississippi State alumnus, I came to the realization that the quality of education at MSU matched that of more selective schools. Like many of you, my college decision would be based in large part on scholarship opportunities. After considering the academic offerings and scholarship opportunities at Mississippi State, there was no doubt where I would enroll.
After graduation, I chose to attend law school while my wife Mandy continued her studies at medical school. We both found that MSU provided a firm foundation for our graduate studies and respective professions. Mandy and I are both gracious for the financial aid and scholarships that made Mississippi State the best opportunity for us.
We remain connected with Mississippi State through our involvement with the Alumni Association. Over the past few years, we have contributed to the endowed scholarship established by the Central Mississippi Chapter. This and other scholarship endowments allow Mississippi State to remain competitive with other universities in the student recruiting process. Mandy and I hope these scholarships ensure that Mississippi's best and brightest remain in our great state for their higher education and hopefully beyond.
During my walk on the Drill Field, I realized that, though enrollment has grown and the campus landscape has improved, the heart of our university remains the same. I am blessed to have graduated from Mississippi State and continue to reap the benefits of my degree and the MSU alumni network. It is crucial that Mississippi State has the resources and scholarships available to attract the next generation of Mississippi's leaders and scholars to our beloved university.