About me

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Hey, y’all! My name is Morgan – I am a collegeΒ 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 Β 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.

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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 YorkΒ 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.

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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?

 

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A few extra things you might not know about me: I amΒ 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.

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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.

  • Jenessa

    What made you interested in ASL?

    • It actually started when I was a little girl! My aunt is special needs and has a vocabulary limited to several words so my grandma was working on teaching her to use basic signs (toilet, please, etc.) so I learned some as well. It wasn’t until I started college last fall that I started actively trying to learn. I took ASL as a class and I love everything about it and I’ve gotten really cool experiences teaching kids sign language and interacting with the deaf community. Do you know Sign Language?

      • Jenessa

        That’s a really cool story.

        I don’t know it fluently, but I hope to someday. I grew up having a friend that was mute and learning some sign language from him. Then I started having hearing loss in grade 8, and decided to actually start learning on my own. I’m actually hoping to become a Visual Language Interpreter, and work in hospitals with the deaf and mute community.

        • That is so cool! I am definitely not fluent yet either – I like to call myself ‘conversational.’ I can definitely hold my own in conversation but deaf signers need to slow down for me and I fingerspell what I can’t sign.

          It’s amazing that you took the initiative to start learning sign in eighth grade, I admire you!

  • Allison Raines

    When did you start your blog?

    • I started my blog on January 28 of this year! So it’s been quite a while now! πŸ™‚

      • Allison Raines

        Wait a second — you go to U of I! My boyfriend lives in Illinois; I was literally just in Illinois like, a week ago. Next time I’m there I’d love to meet you. It would be fabulous to actually meet a blogger the same age as me lol. I hope you have a great second year there!

        • That would be so cool! I know, I love all of my blogging friends, but most of them are twice my age! It would be great to connect πŸ™‚

  • Love your blog! I’m at the University of Illinois too!!

    • Thank you, Shelby!! And no way!! That is so awesome! If you ever want to meet up once we are back on campus, I’d be totally game!:)

  • Annabel Rose

    I am going to be a freshmen in college next year, and it turns out I want to do pretty much the exact same thing you’re doing. I have a million questions! If you’re willing to, I would love to know what you’re first year experience was like and how you chose Speech Pathology!(: Thanks!

    • That is so cool! You can shoot me an email at morgantimm12@gmail.com if you want and I will answer any question that you have!! I love talking about my major!

  • Are you at the Champaign branch? My cousin Amy graduated with her masters there and is a speech pathologist. She and her husband Nick work with student ministry on campus there now πŸ™‚

    • I am in Champaign!! That is so cool that she is still in the area! I hope I am lucky enough to find work close when I graduate!

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  • Ana Valentin

    Literally me. Thank you so much for making me feel less weird! I started a blog and your style is similar to mine, I have hope!

  • Catharine

    Hi Morgan! I’m on trend set with you and I found your blog from a post and I decided to check it out! I’m a sophomore as well but I’m an education major. I would love to study speech and language in grad school and hopefully become a speech therapist. I guess you could say that I’m not going out it the typical way, but I’d love to talk to you and ask about the major and your experience πŸ™‚

  • bythesparklingsea

    Hello Morgan-love this blog of yours! Look forward to reading more interesting posts πŸ™‚

  • Courtney

    Hey hey, stumbled onto your blog via Pinterest and I have to say I love your major (I’m deaf, so I might be a bit biased ;D), but also I love your blog in general. I was wondering if maybe we could talk/email sometime – I’ve been looking into starting up a blog, but I never know where to start haha.

    • I never saw this until now, I’m so sorry! I always forget to check comments on my about me page! And I would love to talk! You can shoot me an email at mtimm2@illinois.edu!

  • Mikaila Conklin

    Just stumbled across your blog through Pinterest, and I’m a SHS major too! There aren’t many of us out here on the web!

    • There aren’t! It’s a rare but incredible major! I love it so much!

  • Sarah Fernandez

    read your tips about packing for college, and I honestly cannot thank you enough! It brings a lot of comfort knowing that there are real people out there, with intelligent thoughts to share with the world. I’m 18 and will be attending Stetson University in Florida, and reading through your blog has given me the confidence and mental preparation needed to begin this new and exciting chapter in my life. Keep on blogging!

    • Oh, thank you so much!!

      And Florida!! I’m jealous! That sounds incredible! I am so glad to hear that I have been able to help you! Good luck starting at Stetson, you’re going to be great!

  • Ane I.

    Aaahhhh no way! I go to U of I too! I just stumbled across your blog! If you are in Champaign next year I’d love to meet you! πŸ™‚
    Love,

    Ane | Basque Prep

    • That is awesome! Yes, we should absolutely meet up! I’ve connected with several U of I & Champaign/Urbana bloggers, and we are planning a large meetup, too!

      • Ane I.

        Count me in, I’m so stoked! πŸ™‚

  • Erin Orentas

    I just found your blog on pinterest and I’m super excited because I go to U of I too! I was just wondering how you got involved with Her Campus, because I looked at their website and I couldn’t figure out how to apply for a specific chapter. Thanks!

    • That is awesome! If you ever want to meet up for coffee or something just let me know! πŸ™‚

      And I followed their Facebook page and at the beginning of the year they posted a link to applications! I won’t be involved next year, but it was really fun!

  • Your blog has been so useful to me! I’m in my first year of A-Levels in England, and I’m currently beginning to look at universities. Your blog has offered so much great advice and has inspired me to start my own blog to offer advice to others! Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

    • That is so incredible that you’ve started a blog! I would love to check it out! πŸ™‚ I am so glad that I was able to help you!

  • Samantha Contreras

    Found your blog and I am so happy that I did. I am going to be a freshman this year at U of I! If you’re in Champaign when I arrive I would love to grab lunch with you sometime! Your blog has been more helpful than you can imagine!

  • I absolutely ADORE your blog. I’m going to be a freshman next year in college and these posts are SO cool!! Anyways-I’m also a new blogger (about a year old) at http://www.thepreppyqueenbee.wordpress.com, I’d love for you to check me out. But in actuality, I seriously am inspired by your blog-keep doing you girl!

  • So happy I found your blog! College degrees are over-rated. πŸ˜‰ Trying to break free from the 9-5 now. Thanks for the inspo!

  • Sometimes life starts when we thing everything is over. Good that you have found your happiness once again. Keep growing and enjoy life.

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  • Dilupa Samarakoon

    Love your blog and how info rich it is πŸ™‚ Thank you for helping new bloggers πŸ™‚