Morgan was one of six students in North America to receive the PACK EXPO scholarship from the PMMI Foundation of the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies.
- Polymer Engineering
In awe over the endless possibilities to come, Morgan can't wait to put her hands-on experience to the test after graduation. In a world where plastics are often misunderstood, she looks forward to applying her expertise to create processes and products that transform tomorrow for the better.
TAKING THE LEAD
Q&A with Morgan
WHY PENN COLLEGE?
The second I stepped foot on this campus, I knew it was my new home. I had visited many campuses in the past when going through college tours for my brother and even looking at some for myself. Penn College just felt different. When going through the tours for the specific majors, it was heartwarming to see that you can create a bond with your professor and classmates, and even work directly with your professor. When I learned within the first week (or even day) of being in class, you’d be in the labs working, I was amazed. Most schools don’t have you in the lab until your second or third year. I've always been somebody who wants to learn something hands-on and knowing that I wouldn't have to wait a year or two was a deciding factor.
WHEN DID YOU KNOW PLASTICS WAS FOR YOU?
Touring at Penn College is definitely what helped me decide I wanted to go into the field of plastics and polymers. I think hearing that the opportunities are endless in this career path and that you can spread your wings in all directions and still find something was a really relieving feeling. Also just seeing how passionate the professors are and how they truly want us to succeed and make a difference, feels amazing. Just being able to know that I could go to work and create something new or better than something that's already out in the world is awesome.
WHAT EXCITES YOU MOST ABOUT YOUR FIELD?
The fact that I can go into the lab or work every day and create something new or work to better a process is exciting. When you look at the world today almost everything has some sort of plastic component to it. I love being able to be out in public and notice these things that maybe I might not have before entering the field. It's exciting that I can also spread my wings in all directions. One day I could be creating kids’ toys and the next day I could be working on a life-changing medical device.
HOW DO YOU PLAN TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN PLASTICS & POLYMERS?
I think by helping show the world that there's more to plastics than environmental harm, and that there are ways to change that. One goal I have is to be able to make processes energy efficient and to help limit the footprint that plastic processing has.
IF SOMEONE WERE CONSIDERING PENN COLLEGE, WHAT WOULD YOU TELL THEM?
I would tell them to really come to this college! Any professor, regardless of the major, truly wants the best for every student, and their end goal is to see us succeed. Also, the fact that the job placement after graduation is so high, is such a relieving feeling. I also appreciate that in your first couple of days, you’ll already be creating and making things. Another thing I would point out is the fact that since it is a smaller college, you get to know a lot of people. I've already been able to meet some of my best friends here!
WHAT IS THE COOLEST THING YOU'VE LEARNED SO FAR?
I think one of the coolest things I've learned so far here is to step out of my comfort zone. In labs, my professors always push us to step to the front of the line and not be scared to run the machines or be the leader. I have been able to do all of these things and so much more just with a little push from my professors and even my classmates. Also, just learning all of the different processes and creating fun things in the lab (keychains, snowmen, bottles, etc.)
Tomorrow is in the Making
TAKING THE LEAD
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