The mission of Division III is the provide an atmosphere of success for both the classroom and the field of play for all student-athletes. For Joshua Higgins of Bridgewater State, that was a major reason he chose the school to continue his education after high school.
The freshman from Fitchburg, Mass. is studying computer science in hopes of becoming a software engineer or a database manager following graduation. Besides the opportunity to still compete in cross country and track and field, Higgins saw the computer science program and team camaraderie as big pulls to the Bridgewater State campus.
Spending a lot of time walking between classes and to practice, Higgins gets to see a lot of different places on campus. He has one spot in particular that he considers a favorite. The walkway between the underpass and Crimson is where he gets to chance to see people of different nationalities and cultures walking to attain their priorities, whether it is going to class, eat, see some friends and other possibilities. He feels a sense of pride knowing that most everyone on that walkway's goal is to get a degree and pursue their career of interest.
A previous love of karate helped him to develop skills such as discipline, respect, self-defense, and confidence in one's choices to benefit them for the better which he knows will benefit him throughout his life.
Higgins got his first taste of the MASCAC Championships in the fall with cross country. He would traverse the 8k course in a time of 27:53 for 21st place. Last weekend, he competed at the MASCAC/New England Alliance Indoor Championship. He finished fourth in the 600 meter run with a time of 1:23.72 and grabbed an ninth place finish in the 1,000 meter run in a time of 2:42.49.
As of last weekend, he is ranked 13th in New England in the 600 meters and 24th in the 800 meters. The Bears compete this weekend at the DIII New England Indoor Championships.
Although his DIII career is only a few months long, Higgins already feels the encouragement of those around him to push himself to succeed in the classroom and on the track and knows that everyone could use a bit of guidance in their life.