A Thoughtful Transformation

Morgan Smith (’19)

Morgan Smith (’19) can’t resist a good story. When she isn’t studying or spending time enjoying the outdoors, you’ll likely find her in a local coffee shop with a cup of espresso and a good book or conversation.

“I really enjoy how every person communicates in their own way,” she said. “I would love to incorporate my passion for stories into a career in social justice.”

Smith has chosen communication studies and public relations for her major and a minor in solidarity and social justice as her path to pursue her goal to make a positive difference in her community. Fascinated by the intersection of social justice and communication, Smith credits her Gonzaga experience with opening her eyes to new perspectives and opportunities.

“GU has challenged me to step outside of my comfort zone and ask questions about the person I want to be,” she said. “I have redefined my view of leadership from positional to interpersonal—thinking beyond myself and learning about the impact I can have on others.”

In her first year at Gonzaga, Smith jumped at the chance to participate in the Center for Community Action and Service Learning’s (CCASL) alternative spring break program, Mission:Possible. She traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee with 12 other Gonzaga students to perform acts of service in the community there. It was a memorable experience that she says will remain with her for the rest of her life.

“I was reading Green Eggs and Ham to a group of kindergarteners,” she recalled, “and the kids were so excited to just be there and be silly with us. I will never forget sharing that moment with my fellow Zags.”

Smith’s growth both in and out of the classroom has only been possible with the scholarship support she received. She is thankful for you and your generosity, as the scholarships you help provide are allowing her invaluable opportunities.

“I wouldn’t be able to attend Gonzaga without your help,” she said. “I am so grateful to have the way I think challenged, to make connections, and to gain meaningful relationships that I’m sure will extend beyond my four years here.”


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