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All in the family: Father and daughter earn degrees

Senior math major Kirsten Morris tutors a student at the Learning Center.
Senior math major Kirsten Morris tutors a student at the Learning Center.

Senior math major Kirsten Morris has taken full advantage of her three years at Georgia College.

"I've always enjoyed being active both inside and outside of the classroom, and balancing these roles has taught me a lot about myself, "said Kirsten, who will graduate in May. “I knew I wanted to continue being active in organizations when I came to college.”

During her time here she’s been active in collegiate 4-H, the Student Government Association, served as a student ambassador, was in the Honors Program and helped create the first chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics at the university. She was also accepted to 12 Ph.D. programs across the nation and recently landed on the University of Georgia.

“I’m truly thankful for all the opportunities I’ve had at Georgia College,” said Kirsten. “What I’ve learned in my three years here is that all of the promotional material, all of the marketing that I’ve ever seen about Georgia College, was all true.”  

Kirsten also had the opportunity to participate in Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in California where she collaborated with faculty at California State University Channel Islands. This summer, she’s also been accepted to another REU at Purdue University. She’ll participate in the EDGE program (Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education), an intensive, 4-week experience that focuses on women entering into Ph.D. programs.

“I knew I wanted to go onto graduate school and having the REU experience just made me feel even more prepared and confident applying for programs when it came time,” said Kirsten.

Her time at Georgia College has also been marked with sharing her love of math with others through her jobs as a tutor, supplemental instructor leader and a supplemental instructor coach at the Learning Center.

For Kirsten, the excitement of her graduation day well be even more of a momentous occasion as her father Mark Morris will also be graduating with his MBA on May 6.

“Completing an MBA program has been high on my list for several years, but one thing or another seemed to get in the way. I knew I wanted to further my business education before finishing military service, but wasn't sure how,” said Mark.

After speaking with faculty about the Georgia WebMBA, Mark knew Georgia College was for him. Juggling a military career, a family and a full course load was difficult—but Kirsten says it’s been a joy to see how successful her father has been.

“It’s really inspired me how successful he has been with his degree,” said Kirsten. “He has managed to balance a large family, his full time career in the military and earning his masters—it’s definitely been amazing to watch.”

Mark says the experience of graduating a day apart will be memorable for the both of them.

“I just think it will be very cool for Kirsten and I to watch each other receive our diplomas and hear our names called,” said Mark. “This will definitely be an experience we will treasure.”

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