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UVA Student Hopes to Pave Way for 'Non-Traditional' Students

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An undergraduate at the University of Virginia is on a mission. He is leaving a legacy for others, proving stereotypical rules are meant to be broken.

When Jerry Reid, 68,  decided to go to college, he was afraid he wouldn't be accepted, but now he's so engrained in the UVA community, he doesn't want to leave.    

Jerry Reid's decision to go to college has turned into what he calls ‘a magic carpet ride' he never expected. In the spring of 2011, Reid made the decision to get his first college degree from UVA's School of Continuing and Professional Studies.  

Now, he embraces undergraduate life at UVA.  

Reid makes friends with other undergrads as a member of the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society and Chi Phi Fraternity.

"They all tell me that I'm just a 20-year-old with 48 years of very useful experience," said Reid.

Reid says he's on a mission to open doors for other non-traditional undergrads.     

This year, he worked with the University Judiciary Committee to add two positions for members of the Continuing and Professional Studies Program, and campaigned for the job. 

"If I don't get it, I don't care, because I wanted to leave this as a legacy for those who come behind me who want that experience," said Reid.

When he graduates next year he hopes to continue learning, and share what he's learned with others.   

"I pay attention because I want to, I learn because I crave it and what I want to do is teach, and inspire and talk and recruit - if I could get a job recruiting people to come to UVA I'd take it in a heartbeat," said Reid.

UVA is still tallying the votes in Reid's race to represent his peers on the University Judiciary Committee, but Reid says no matter what, he will be happy with the results.

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