A memory submitted by Nedra D Ballard, Class of 2007

My favorite professor at SMU is Dr. Ed Countryman. I recall sitting in his class listening to student responses to a question posed by Dr. Countryman. The look on my face must have been an outward expression of what I was thinking on the inside. “How different my thoughts are from all the others.” I sat silent and I thought invisible until Dr. Countryman got my attention and said, “Tell me what you are thinking.” Hesitating I responded, “My classmates have great answers, but I don’t think like they do. I see systems!” Dr. Countryman placed his hands on his head and exclaimed, yes! Yes! Thanks to Dr. Countryman, I am a teacher. Correction, I am an exemplary teacher.