Graduate Spotlight: Morgan Goeckel

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Morgan Goeckel. Photo by Suzanna Arul

Morgan Goeckel, a Class of 2023 graduate of Mercer University‘s Tift College of Education, earned a Bachelor of Science in Education in secondary education, English.

What are your plans after graduation?

I’m going to be a campus life graduate assistant during which I’ll be getting my master’s in higher education leadership.

How do you plan on changing the world?

My goal is to help reform the education system. Currently, the education system is in shambles, and no one wants to teach or feels comfortable sending their students to school. That being said, I want to help change that. I want to help make classrooms a safe place, where our priorities are in educating and preparing our students to become strong adults.

What advice do you have for incoming students?

Take risks! My biggest regret in college is that I was too scared to take risks at the beginning of my undergrad. I didn’t put myself out there at first, and it really hurt my mental health. Now I am active in multiple organizations, many of which I’ve served in leadership positions, and have made countless friends and memories during my time at Mercer. While it is scary at first, college is a place for you to grow as an individual and learn who you want to become. Life is too short; take those risks but see them as opportunities to become the person you’re meant to be.

How did Mercer prepare you for your future?

Mercer has provided me with a great deal of knowledge about leadership and communication. Through a variety of leadership roles, rigorous classes and campus organizations, I have had a copious amount of opportunities to develop skills that I will be able to apply in the real world.

What makes Mercer special to you?

The close-knit community is what makes Mercer feel special to me. I always run into a friend or classmate walking around campus. I’ve met some of my closest friends and built long-lasting relationships just from being active on campus. It truly helps Mercer feel more welcoming and like a second home.

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