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  • #waybackwednesday Morgan Coleman

    #waybackwednesday morgan coleman

    With 50 days to commencement fast approaching, we wanted to check in with a few members of the senior class to tell us about their fondest memories at Dean. #waybackwednesday will feature a weekly Q&A with these students, giving YOU an inside perspective on student life at Dean College.

    Read on to learn more about Morgan Coleman!

    What is your favorite memory of your time at Dean?

    I have countless memories from my years at Dean and it is hard to choose just one. During Community Advisor and Orientation Leader training we commence our training weeks with a closing activity: Tap a Shoulder. In the activity, we tap a shoulder of a fellow leader whose qualities we admire and appreciate. That activity is always a favorite of mine. During Community Advisor winter training, I facilitated another activity called Boundary Breaking. My community advisors were vulnerable with the words and appreciative towards one another. Being a part of the activities such as these remind me of why I love being involved here so much.

    Who was the first friend you met during your first year at Dean? How did you meet?

    The first friend I met at Dean was my orientation leader, Alexis. She was my Community Advisor my first year in Wallace, and we have been good friends ever since! Now when I want to say hello, I just stop by her office in Admissions!

    What was your all-time favorite meal at the dining center during your time at Dean? Why?

    Gluten free pancakes. they are delicious and gluten free... what more could I ask for?

    What was your favorite event (sports, club/org, holiday, academic, etc.) that you participated in during your time at Dean? Please explain why and use detail.

    I've been extremely fortunate to be involved in multiple areas of the college during my time at Dean. I have loved being a Community Advisor Mentor amongst many other student leader positions, but my favorite event is New Student Orientation. You make incredible friends and become so close with the other Orientation Leaders. NSO season makes me appreciate my school more and more each year; It is the one time of year the faculty, staff, and students alike share endless waking hours working to welcome so many new students. We are all extremely excited and equally tired during those two weeks. Our spirit shows how close our community is here at Dean.

    Is there a specific faculty/staff member that had a positive impact on your time here at Dean? What did they do to help you grow as a student? What year did you meet them?

    I met Jen Polimer during my first year and summer as an Orientation Leader. I admire her dedication and crazy work ethic, and sometimes I get to babysit her adorable two-year-old! I was extremely reserved when I met her and she continually pushed me into events that were out of my comfort zone until I gained my voice here at Dean. She's been my rock and someone who never fails to make me laugh. Thanks to Jen I will never be late again as she has taught me and all the student leaders, “early is on time, on time is late, and late is unacceptable”.

    What has been the best part of senior year at Dean?

    My favorite part of my senior year is being able to apply all I have learned through my three years to shape my life after Dean (hopefully in student affairs) and the students’ lives around me. I’ve made a second home at Dean and now I get to share all I have learned about the school with students who will be filling the shoes of my senior class and making their own legacy here. Each training, for Community Advisors or more, has been my last training and just getting to celebrate with everyone this year is the best part.

    What advice would you give yourself as a freshman coming into Dean?

    Be comfortable being uncomfortable. What I mean is, step out of your comfort zone and get involved in a sport, club, performance, or leadership role that you are interested in but may be apprehensive to join. You are capable of far more then you think so put yourself out there and embrace all the school has to offer you.

    What does the Dean Difference mean to you?

    Each day we support the uniqueness and interests of our students and there is always a friendly face around the corner. As a student, you are not just known as your ID number, we are the individuals who are known as presidents of clubs and organizations and names that contribute to helping one another in the community each day. Dean offers students incredible opportunities to get involved; for many students those opportunities would not be possible at other institutions. We have the opportunity to grow in our leadership roles and participate in clubs or areas we are passionate about.

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