Undergraduate ROTC Student, Mechanical Engineering Major – Class of 2022
Morgan grew up hearing her father’s stories about his time at the United States Naval Academy and his service as a Submarine Officer. He always hoped she would follow in his footsteps. This sparked an interest in service. Her interest grew while watching her older brother earn a commission, also as a Submarine Officer, from Villanova NROTC. While she considered attending the Naval Academy, Morgan ultimately chose to forge her own path at Notre Dame as a non-ROTC student.
On campus Morgan is a proud member of Flaherty Hall, where she plays interhall sports and served as the Big/Little Commissioner. She was a member of the Welcome Weekend team so she could help new students love Notre Dame as much as she does. She also tutors elementary school students in South Bend and plays on the Club Field Hockey Team. Morgan’s love for math and physics led her to major in Mechanical Engineering, which is a perfect fit.Morgan felt drawn to the community and school spirit that Notre Dame offered. In her first semester, Notre Dame quickly started to feel like home. She found friends and enjoyed her classes but felt like something was missing. She still felt the passion for service and dreamt of becoming a Navy Pilot, which inspired her to join Naval ROTC. She began as a college program student in the spring of her freshman year and later earned a three-year scholarship. She loves that ROTC allows her to help others, learn about and experience leadership, and become a part of something bigger than herself.
When 2020 summer training was cancelled due to COVID-19, Morgan was disappointed that she would miss out on a chance to learn about the different service communities. She spent the summer taking flying lessons to work towards a private pilot certificate. Despite her family’s love for the submarine community, Morgan hopes to become a Naval Aviator when she commissions.