Hey, y’all! My name is Morgan – I am a college
dropout burnout who left to chase bigger dreams all the way to New York City and back again. That may not have been what you expected to hear from me considering statistically over half of you come to my blog through a Pinterest pin leading you to a college post. So let me backtrack a bit.
I started Mostly Morgan from my freshman year dorm room – I was feeling lonely and overwhelmed and I wanted to find comfort in the community of online bloggers.
Through starting my blog my eyes were opened to the world. I realized that there was a world outside of the bubble I grew up in. I was in a space with some of the most incredible people I’ve ever met. People who blog for a living, travel the world, and make their own rules. Suddenly the formulaic college to degree to nine-five seemed a lot less appealing.
In the fall of 2015, I entered a very dark period where I was suffocating in depression and self-loathing. It was at this time I decided that I needed to take time off college to get my mental health under control.
And that’s when my life began.
It hasn’t been long since I left college, but if feels like another life all together. In that time I’ve moved to New York to start an internship at an amazing tech company, I started a business blog, and I’ve made new friends that feel more like soulmates – people I’d have never met if I were still in college.
As of August 2016 I am living back in Illinois, working remote for the Tech Commpany I was with in New York, and working on a few secret projects of my own.
I now consider myself a freedom chaser, and I never want to fall back into a cycle where I’m living my life for anyone but me. Up until this point I’d always done what was expected of me and I was afraid to make waves. Not anymore.
Leaving school has done a lot for me, and it is one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever made, but also the most rewarding. Since leaving school I’ve:
- Gotten my dream internship
- Moved to NYC
- Found happiness again
- Figured out where I want my life to go
I do get a lot of questions regarding leaving school, so I thought I could address a few:
“Why did you leave rather than just take on an easier course load?”
Becuase I was working towards a degree that I wasn’t passionate about and one that wouldn’t serve me in the future. I am confident that I’m going to be successful, and I will find that success without a degree.
“You’ll regret it down the line/you’re not going to find a job/you’re being short sighted/etc.”
You hush. Leaving school was the best choice for me, I can say that with 100% certainty. I am not missing out on anything by not having a degree: my experiences and skills are much more valuable for what I want to do with my life.
“Are you ever going to go back?”
Ah, here is a good question. At this time, I give a tentative yes. I do think I’ll transfer my credits over and get, at the very least, an associates. Not because I think I need one, but because I think that in the past two and a half years I’ve gotten enough credits that I should only have to take a class or two so why not?
A few extra things you might not know about me: I am twenty years old, I’m a gemini vegetarian, I can’t sing or dance or play an instrument, I’m dating my high school sweetheart, I used to be a competitive runner, my number one dream is to be a mom, I am a great cook, I want to travel the world, I grew up with the Rock River in my backyard, s’mores are my favorite food, and I love to write.
Any questions? Feel free to ask!
Also my friend/favorite person, Desiree Sandlin, took all of the pictures of me. She is lovely and perfect.