Headed to Europe after graduation
Homecoming Queen Morgan Habbison loves LaGrange College, but she’s also ready to explore the world.
“I’d like to go to grad school overseas, and right now I’m looking at London,” says the senior art and design major from Fayetteville. “Or I may find somewhere to work overseas, possibly in advertising. I want to branch out from America; I feel like going abroad will challenge me a lot.”
Until graduation day in May, she will continue representing LaGrange College as its Homecoming Queen and stay active in her sorority, Phi Mu. Morgan also is a Panther cheerleader and secretary of the Student Government Association.
“My mom walked me out on the field during Homecoming,” she said. “I went out with an open heart, an open mind, and didn’t quite expect to win. I felt it would be close because at LaGrange College, everyone knows everyone else; it’s very tight-knit.”
Morgan credits Girl Scouts, in part, for the leadership skills she developed before she came to college.
“I was a Girl Scout for 10 years and started as a Brownie,” she says. “Growing up in Girl Scouts is growing up as a leader. I think because of Girl Scouts my family and friends knew I held myself to a high standard. The organization teaches you to work to the best of your abilities and put your best foot forward. It teaches you to recognize your strengths and weaknesses and work with them, not against them.”
Morgan now gives back to Girl Scouts by serving as a camp counselor and canoe instructor for the past two summers at Camp Meriwether, a Girl Scout camp in nearby Luthersville.
“I’ve met a lot of great young girls there,” she says. “The camp allows me to spend time with them, give them insight and make sure they’re on the right track to be the leaders they should be.”
The leadership skills and confidence she honed in Girl Scouts are now serving her well at the college, where her sorority particularly holds a strong place in her heart.
“Phi Mu has helped broaden who I am,” Morgan says. “It’s taught me you can’t be a part of something and just sit in the back. You have to work with each other and do what you can to make the chapter better.”
Morgan loves her professors in the Art and Design professors and also has enjoyed learning outside her major. She particularly went beyond her comfort zone when she took a Costume Construction class.
“It felt good to be behind the scenes in the theater and to make a dress from scratch using a pattern, which I’d never done before,” she says. A student wore her full-length dress, which featured a key-hole back, in the recent Theatre Arts’ production of “Metamorphoses.”
Morgan also went to Greece earlier this year during Jan Term, when many LaGrange College students study-away for three weeks domestically and abroad.
“It had been my dream place to go for years, so when they announced a LaGrange College group was going to Greece, I told my mom we had to work to make it happen,” she says. “I had never been out of the country before that. I loved seeing the history and culture of the country. It was a good test to see how I could handle being away from my mom next year. It showed me I could do it.”