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Another from Coe-

Coe College has long been a diamond in the rough. Each new year brings expansion, new departments, capital improvements, and most of all, a diverse and intelligent student body.  2011 will bring a new Communication Studies Department as well.  Great school, great campus, terrific environment and a marvelous network of off campus opportunities.

ON COE COLLEGE -I would like to agree with this assessment. I’ll admit though, I’m very obviously biased. I have many great memories that I won’t soon forget of my time as a student of the Crimson and Gold. The word “experiences” sticks in my mind when I think of my time at Coe. Experiential learning is at the forefront of a students education inside and outside of the classroom at Coe. Intentionally or not, the administration of the institution have fostered an environment that allows students to learn for themselves. Student have a very high level of involvement on campus, which shows an eagerness for students to take charge and lead. This is hard for most students to challenge the status quo and step outside their comfort zone. Individuality is definitely encouraged at Coe with a diverse student population and very accepting atmosphere. It is hard to make an enemy on campus.

I feel blessed to have gone to a school that helped me help myself with hands-on experiences outside of the classroom and abundant opportunities to get involved. Words out – Coe College is one of the best kept secrets.

 


				    

2 comments for “Comments from readers – Keep them coming!

  1. Craig Struve
    September 2, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Coe College has long been a diamond in the rough. Each new year brings expansion, new departments, capital improvements, and most of all, a diverse and intelligent student body. 2011 will bring a new Communication Studies Department as well. Great school, great campus, terrific environment and a marvelous network of off campus opportunities.

  2. Gordon Zubrod
    September 6, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    I had always thought of myself as a very good athlete and a fair student. In my senior year in high school in the Washington, D.C. area, I was mulling offers from several Division I universities. A guidance counselor called me in one day and told me that, if I went to a Division I school, I would never develop intellectually to the degree to which she believed I was capable. She handed me an application to Coe and said that, if I went there, I could be involved in athletics but that, in a few short years, I wouldn’t recognize myself: I would discover that I had a mind. She hectored me into applying to Coe, which accepted me that Spring. I was intrigued and ultimately left the East Coast for Iowa. By my second year, athletics took a very distant second to academics. The faculty cared about me personally and had me over to dinner at their homes on a regular basis. Best of all, they taught me to read carefully, to write clearly and to consider all sides of an issue. Not only was I involved in athletics, I performed in plays, attended every concert and guest lecture that came to campus and engaged in long, after hours discussions with colleagues and faculty about literature, philosophy, history and public affairs. I was surrounded by classmates who loved learning and who went on to have distignuished careers in law, medicine, academia, the State Department and the military. Several became writers. Coe gave me the confidence to try out different careers. After serving as a Captain in the U.S. Marines, as a law professor and presently as a federal prosecutor, I’m still the go-to guy when good writing is required. I also met the great love of my life there and, in our 44th year of marriage, we still read to each other at night, a practice begun as students in a small college in Cedar Rapids. Coe, I owe you big time.

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