I initially chose Springfield College because they participated in a state/federal TAA (Trade Adjustment Act program), which I was eligible for after being laid off from the textile industry.
Additionally, Springfield College accepted me. I mean this not only from an admissions point of view, but they also accepted me despite my lifelong history of difficulty and lack of success with school due to my previously undiscovered learning disabilities. For me the most valuable resource at Springfield College are the caring and dedicated professors. The School of Human Services faculty bring a wide range of experience and diversity to the program; some hail from other nations, such as Ethiopia and Somalia, as well as some the most economically challenged neighborhoods in our country. They shared their stories and experiences with the class, interweaving them with important lessons. Other professors were authors or leaders in the human services field. They taught their classes by not just utilizing textbooks, but also by sharing real, thought-provoking stories and experiences they’ve lived through.
At Springfield College, I was lucky enough to have played on the junior varsity baseball team in 2010, at age 58. I have more wonderful memories than I can count about my time at Springfield College, but three that stand out are especially important to me. The first was when my English literature professor, Richard Andersen, told me that I am a "good writer.” Second, was receiving my bachelor's degree summa cum laude. Third, was my baseball coach saying "Larry, go warm up.” In that game, I pitched a scoreless ninth inning, in a losing cause, on our home field, in the last game of the season. My teammates were cheering, and I fulfilled a lifelong dream.
If I could tell everyone just one thing about Springfield College, it’s that Springfield College will work with you to help you to succeed. I fully embrace the Humanics philosophy. The spirit, mind, body concept was something that I was able to experience first-hand playing baseball at Springfield College at 58 years old, as well as in my job working with disadvantaged children. Springfield College has a beautiful campus, and I enjoyed just being there. But, more importantly, I felt accepted and part of the overall student body, particularly with the other baseball players on my team. My favorite spot on campus is definitely the baseball diamond at Berry-Allen Field.