Humphrey School News—November 8, 2017

First-Generation Student Jordan Morgan

The University of Minnesota is joining other colleges around the country November 8 to celebrate first-generation students, staff, and faculty. The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is proud to share the stories of some of our first-generation students. 

Jordan Morgan, MS-STEP '19
Hometown: St. Peter, Minnesota
Bachelor's degrees, environmental studies and sociology, Bemidji State University

At age 18 I became homeless, and spent my entire senior year of high school working full time at a pizza restaurant after school.

What does it mean for you to be able to attend college? I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity to go to college.  I was fortunate to be awarded the Al and Cathy Annexstad Hope and Inspiration Scholarship, which allowed me to attend Bemidji State University for my undergraduate degree. It’s an honor to receive financial support in the form of scholarships, grants, and fellowships to accomplish my academic goals. When someone awards me financial support I interpret that as the institution believing in my academic aptitude and goals. Now I will work hard to reach my full potential, to make everyone who believed in me proud of my academic growth and the impact I strive to make on my community. 

Why did you choose the Humphrey School? I knew that I wanted to study climate and energy policy and law. I believe that climate change is the largest existential issue humanity has ever faced and I want to become a leader who facilitates climate solutions through emerging policies and technologies.

When I was looking at graduate programs, the top two criteria I considered were the rank of the program and the faculty in that program.  The Humphrey School of Public Affairs ranks well so I applied. What set the Humphrey School apart in my mind was the superb faculty. I met with many of the faculty at the Humphrey and they were all great, but specifically Dr. Gabe Chan impressed me with his willingness to discuss the program and his research. It seemed to be exactly what I wanted to research and he got excited when I told him about my academic interests. I feel very fortunate that I am a grad student at the U, and have only gained more respect for my adviser, Dr. Chan, as I have gotten to know him better. 

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