Graduate Spotlight

Ahmed Dadzie

Communication and National Security Minor Coordinator
Graduation: May 2017

It’s always been my dream and desire to be a politician someday. These dreams and aspirations led me to pursue my Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. After completing my BA, I decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Communication Studies with a National Security Minor. I believe that to be a good politician one must be a good communicator, and that is why I decided to earn my MA in Communication Studies.
I am currently working on my thesis which focuses on factors that influenced voter candidate preference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In addition to earning my MA in Communication Studies in May 2017, I am also enrolled in a dual master’s degree program in Criminal Justice and Public Administration with an anticipated graduation of Spring 2018. I was also elected as the President for the Communication Studies Graduate Student Association (CSGSA) for the Fall 2016 semester, and recently completed my term of office. 
As a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Department of Communication Studies, I teach three undergraduate COMM 265 labs. I am also the current coordinator for the Communication and National Security minor program. I have a great interest in teaching and plan to pursue my Ph.D. in Communication after completing my master’s degrees. My hobbies are playing ping-pong, working out in the gym, and volunteering. I enjoy learning more about different cultures and love to travel. I have been to the U.K., Portugal, and Mexico.

Andrew Potter

COMM 265 Head Teaching Assistant
Graduation: May 2017

I started at NMSU in 2008 and received my Bachelor’s in History in 2012. The following year I went to Beijing, China to teach English for a year. After a couple years teaching I decided to return to NMSU to work towards a Master’s in Communication studies and I could not have been happier with my decision. The past two years have been some of the most educational, exciting, and adventurous of my life.
This last year I was honored with the position of Head Teaching Assistant. While I love learning in the classroom, teaching is my true passion. The best part of my day is in the hours I spend working with my students. I do not plan on teaching forever but after I make my mark on the world I imagine I will end up back in the classroom at some point. Other than teaching, I love to play football, Frisbee, and any sport I can enjoy with my friends. In my free time I also like to play guitar, drums, piano and wrestle with my dogs. Finally, I sometimes enjoy writing fantasy novels when I can find time and I hope to complete a couple once I finish school.