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Trinity Washington University | Profile: Morgan Kellman ’11

Morgan Kellman ’11

Morgan Kellman

Politics, Arabic, and…Basketball?

Morgan Kellman ’11 of Middletown, Maryland, wanted a big city and political experience when she began looking for colleges. She and her family visited several campuses in the nation’s capital, but when they landed at Trinity something clicked during the campus tour—it felt like home and she immediately fell in love with the supportive atmosphere and the countless number of ways to get involved.

Arriving at Trinity, Morgan dove headfirst into her academic and extracurricular endeavors. She took advantage of the variety opportunities Trinity offers its students. Morgan:

  • Joined Trinity’s basketball team;
  • Became the lead singer in the Campus Ministry Choir;
  • Participated in the College Democrats and the Green Leaders Club;
  • Was elected freshman class president, and is now spending her senior year serving as Student Government Association (SGA) president.

In addition to her activities outside of the classroom, Morgan, a political science major now, was able to leverage her interests and language skills into an opportunity to study abroad.

Walk like an Egyptian

After studying Arabic during her first years at Trinity, Morgan decided to take on the challenge and study abroad in Egypt in the fall of her junior year. She was in Cairo for five months and credits Trinity for her ability to think broadly and her willingness to be open to new experiences in Egypt.

It was not just academics she observed; Morgan eagerly learned about the many facets of Islamic culture and religion, and was warmly received and encouraged to practice her Arabic language skills.

Uniquely Trinity

Back at Trinity, Morgan picked up her extracurricular activities, and then some. In addition to the SGA, Morgan is a member of the Trinity Honors Program and still a varsity athlete in three sports. She is using her time as SGA president to make sure Trinity’s distinctive traditions, that she’s enjoyed all of her years here, are honored and practiced.

Along with events that are designed to raise the awareness of homelessness or gather canned goods for food banks, Morgan makes sure to continue to emphasize the traditions that are distinctively Trinity’s like the Freshman Medal Ceremony or the Holiday Well Sing (in your finest PJs, no less!).

These traditions help strengthen the bonds between Trinity students and remind them that they are a part of something greater than one individual. “These traditions,” Morgan notes, “are something uniquely yours that can and must be shared with other generations.”

Honoring Potential

Morgan’s contributions to the Trinity community, both academically and socially, have not gone unnoticed. On September 25, 2010, Trinity highlighted her achievements by awarding her the prestigious St. Catherine Medal at Cap and Gown Convocation. The distinguished award is named after St. Catherine of Alexandria, a third century scholar renowned for her love of learning. The medal is given to recognize an outstanding senior who reflects the ideals of St. Catherine.

Morgan attributes these achievements and her incredibly high level involvement to Trinity’s culture of encouraging students’ confidence—confidence to feel no fear of failure, and confidence to find your place.

“Trinity fosters your potential,” Morgan declares. Where will your potential take you?

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