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Professor Nic holas Beltran receives      Mentor Award



Faculty Mentor Nomination: Nicholas Beltran

Growing up, I never had a mentor in school. There was no teacher or adult who really believed in me or motivated me. It wasn’t until I met Professor Nicholas Beltran that I felt true support or empathy from someone. My biggest dream is to one day pursue a career in forensic science. For that reason, I am double majoring in chemistry and criminal justice. However, during my first chemistry lecture at NMSU (New Mexico State University), I realized that my skills in the subject were not where they needed to be. For that reason, I began to feel insecure and discouraged. During this time, I was even encouraged by another faculty member to drop my major. However, instead of dropping my major, I switched to one of Professor Beltran’s lectures. It took one of his lectures to make me truly fall in love with chemistry. I had never realized that the subject could be viewed in such a fantastic light. He brings so much life and joy to a subject that is boring to many. Before meeting him, I had never felt the need to persevere. But after meeting him, he has given me so much courage and help that I don’t want to give up. I now realize that I made the right decision in choosing chemistry as a major. It was because of his encouragement that I have not and will not give up on my dream.

Priscilla Baeza

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