I was thinking about Crowder College the other day. When I was a junior at East Newton High School, I started to think of where should I go to college at? Now, I had a lot of my friends who would go to universities or other colleges in the U.S. But for me, I found our hidden gem - Crowder College.

I was thinking about Crowder College the other day. When I was a junior at East Newton High School, I started to think of where should I go to college at? Now, I had a lot of my friends who would go to universities or other colleges in the U.S. But for me, I found our hidden gem - Crowder College.
I can still remember going to orientation at the college in the summer of 1989, we met inside the student center, heard from the dean of students, from some of the instructors and even took a tour of the college. Back then, the college only consisted of Newton Hall, McDonald Hall and the gym. A small college, but a great fit for me.
I entered college in August 1989, I took about 16 hours each semester at the college, going for an associates degree in education. I had some of the best instructors there including Russell Walker for history, Jack Divine for psychology/sociology and even the late Gary Sims. Shortly after my first semester, I even got a part-time job in the LOC (Learning Opportunity Center). Within a year, I was even tutoring students in history.
While in college, I stayed at my parents house and commuted every day to the college, to help in living costs. Crowder was a great place for me, there are a lot of fond memories there and to this day, I still cherish them.
After graduating from Crowder, I went to MSSU and a lot of my fellow students at Southern would ask why I chose Crowder, I simply said, "because it is a great college, affordable and a great place to get your core classes completed."
Fast forward to my career in journalism. Every once in a while, I will have the opportunity to speak to high school students during career fairs and they would ask about my education. I tell them if they can, to start off at Crowder College, get their core courses completed and then move onto another college or university to finish up their degrees.
Crowder has grown over the years, there are more buildings, more students, more educational programs, but the same values hold true for the college.
To me, Crowder is a true gem and I am proud to be a Crowder College graduate.



Todd G. Higdon is the managing editor and writes a weekly column. He can be reached at thigdon@ neoshodailynews.com.