Every person has his or her growing up experiences, and it is no different with Sam Congdon. His childhood experiences have taken a big role in shaping who he is today. His birthplace is in Escondido California and he was born in 1973.
At four years old, his mother got married to a man who owned 30 acres of cherry orchards in Washington State. This is where he learned how to work, and gained experience that has remained invaluable in his whole life. When growing up, he worked in the orchards by taking part in irrigating, driving tractors, mowing grass and helping to harvest 100 tons of cherries every year. This taught him how to be diligent, how to see a task through to being finished and in putting in long hard hours. This has contributed to making his professional life much easier. Sam Congdon is glad that he grew up in such an environment that helped him to learn how to work.
Another area that he had interest is in playing drums. He started playing at a young age and played in elementary school, middle school, high school and in college. He has very fond memories of the trips that their matching band took to various places and of performances in parades around the Pacific Northwest. In college, his band played in Disneyland California, something that was fun and of great memory. He also played drums at the football and basketball games.
He graduated from high school in 1991 and enrolled at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale Michigan. This small unique college does not comply with affirmative action of racial quotas, a fact that has placed it at loggerheads with the federal government to the extent of not getting funding. On admission, the college looks at the qualifications of the student without considering the race. Due to this, the college is well known amongst the libertarians and conservatives in America.
Every student that attends the college has to take a course on the United States Constitution. It also provides a free online course on the United States constitution. You may also find a class that is being taught by a Supreme Court justice. When Sam Congdon was in the college, prominent personalities such as Margaret Thatcher, Clarence Thomas and Dan Quayle spoke at various events. This was a great experience considering that only few colleges would manage to have such kind of speakers.
This shows that Sam Congdon attended a good college that did not have racial discrimination but focused on ensuring that the students got the best education. Failure of the college to participate in the affirmative action programs saw the college being sued by the department of education on the basis that for it to accept federal funds, it would have to comply with the racial quotas affirmative action. Hillsdale lost in the case, which led to the college relying on private funds instead of the government funding.
The experiences of his early life in the farm and in college shaped him for what he is today. Playing of drums exposed him to different people and places and so did attending Hillsdale College.by