Reggie's On Track Story
Former K-State basketball player turned actor and model, Reggie Britt says he always felt he needed to finish his degree. So in 2010 when Reggie called K-State and was informed he was only 15 credit hours short of a diploma, he knew it was time to get back on track and finish what he had walked away from 20 years earlier.
Before coming to K-State the first time, Reggie spent two years attending classes and playing basketball at Coffeyville Community College. After transferring and spending a year and a half at K-State, Reggie's agent found him a job playing professional basketball in Portugal. He played there for a year before continuing his basketball career in Sweden, Norway and Germany. Before he knew it, Reggie had been away from college and playing in Europe for longer than he realized.
"One year turned into three, three became five and the next thing I know I'd spent seven years removed from college and I still hadn't graduated," Reggie said. "People always said, 'I heard you played basketball for K-State. Did you finish your degree?' And I had to say no, unfortunately I didn't get my degree. That always really bothered me."
After his basketball career was over, Reggie began working as an actor and model in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. That's when he said he began to feel something in him wasn't complete, and realized it was not having a college degree.
"You speak to young folks out there and explain to them the importance of a college education, but if you're going to talk the talk, you've got to walk it as well," Reggie said. "I tell my niece and nephew about the importance of college, and before I got my degree they could look at me and say, 'well Uncle Reggie, you never finished yours' and I seriously thought about that and wanted to be able to set a good example for them."
In the summer of 2010, Reggie got on track to finishing his social science bachelor's degree. He says one thing he will never forget is the feeling he had when walking up to his first class the summer he went back.
"My heart felt like it was going to explode out of my chest," Reggie said. "I was so incredibly nervous. I was happy and excited I was doing it, but I was just so nervous. I walked into the room and the kids in there were less than half my age. It was kind of funny. But it was also neat, because a lot of them were able to see how important it was for me to go back and finish my degree."
Now that his degree is complete, Reggie says he's thankful for the opportunity he had to come back and finish at K-State.
"Now I'm able to say I'm K-State alumni, which is pretty special," Reggie said. "I could have gone and finished my credits in Florida, but I'm so glad I was able to do it here."
Reggie and his girlfriend, Molly, currently own and operate a business called Healthy Vending in Kansas City.
"It's less than a two-hour drive from my home in Kansas City to Manhattan, so I plan to come back and support all the athletic teams," Reggie said. "I want to be a proud alum and continue to support the 'Cats."