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Brandon Morley '19

Brandon Morley '19

"When I graduate this spring, I will feel prepared to take on the world ahead of me."

Marywood “checked every box” for Brandon Morley. The university offered his program (history/secondary education), he loved the campus, and appreciated being able to stay close to home.

“From my first visit, I could tell that Marywood would offer me every opportunity to succeed, be known, and make a difference,” Brandon said. “This is a place where everyone says hello, everyone holds a door, and everyone gets involved. That is exactly what I fell in love with.”

Brandon quickly took an active role in the Marywood community. He served on Student Government for three years, and was elected as President his senior year. Brandon also worked with Marywood’s admissions office as a Student Ambassador, where he met with prospective Marywood students and their families, gave tours of campus, and shared his love for Marywood.

In 2018, Brandon was awarded the Pacer Pride Leadership Award, an annual award presented to an undergraduate student who “demonstrates a strong love for Marywood in their everyday life, creates positive experiences for fellow students, participates in organizations, university events, or community outreach, and promotes the mission and values of the university.”

Brandon has been equally enthusiastic and involved in his academics and career as he has with campus life. Since his first year, Brandon spent significant time out in his field, culminating in student teaching history at a local high school during the fall 2018 semester. Brandon said the hands-on experience and passionate, encouraging program at Marywood has had a major impact on his education and future career.

“Marywood is helping me get closer to all of these goals by constantly embracing and encouraging my love and desire for education,” Brandon said. “By taking part in an immersive program where I get to step foot into the field every semester, Marywood has shown me everything I love about my desired career path and exactly why I chose it.”

Brandon, like many students, was able to attend Marywood in large part thanks to scholarships and other financial aid provided by Marywood’s generous donors. Brandon said he is very aware and thankful of Marywood’s supporters that made his education possible.

“I thank the individuals who make Marywood thrive.” Brandon said. “They have not only made my education possible, but something I will treasure for a lifetime.”

Even when Brandon graduates this spring, he anticipates always having a strong connection with Marywood. Brandon said he looks forward to giving back, volunteering, and fostering connections with students as an alumnus.

“I have been fortunate enough to make immense connections with many different alumni,” Brandon said. “I hope to be able to form those connections with future students of Marywood. As an alumnus, I will always hold a spot for Marywood in my heart.”

“When I hear my name called and walk across the stage to shake Sister Mary (Persico)’s hand, I will feel prepared,” Brandon said. “Prepared to take on the world ahead of me.”

Brandon is anticipated to graduate after the 2019 Spring semester. He plans pursue a teaching career as a middle/high school history teacher. He is also eager to give back to Marywood and expects to return to campus to volunteer frequently.

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