Morgan Johnson

Wartburg helped me become a more well-rounded person

NAME: Morgan Johnson 

CLASS YEAR: 2019

HOMETOWN: West Des Moines, Iowa  

MAJOR: Business Administration: Finance and Management

INVOLVEMENT ON CAMPUS: Baldwin Leadership Fellow, igKnight mentor, resident assistant, Black Student Union,

Morgan was one of four Wartburg students chosen to attend the 2017 National Character & Leadership Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo., at the U.S. Air Force Academy, as part of Wartburg’s Baldwin Leadership Fellows Program. 

WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE AT THE LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIUM LIKE: The symposium was an amazing experience. Each day I was able to listen to a variety of motivational speakers ranging from athletes, to business men/women, retired war veterans, and Olympians. Each speaker had a different topic that connected to both character and leadership. I had never witnessed or thought much about the hard work, dedication, character, and leadership that goes into being in the military. However, after living amongst the cadets, listening to the motivational speakers at the symposium, and networking with USAFA students, it gave me a huge appreciation for the United States military.

WHAT PROJECT ARE YOU WORKING ON FOR THE BALDWIN FELLOWSHIP: I am working to find a way that Wartburg students can connect and serve in the Waverly community. Through that, I am in the process of creating service teams of about four or five individuals willing to give a few hours each month to serve in the Waverly community. Through this opportunity, I have been able to create long-lasting relationships with people, serve the community, and build my own leadership skills.

HOW HAS YOUR LEADERSHIP JOURNEY CHANGED YOU: I have seen changes in the way I treat and lead people. By attending the symposium, I learned a lot about character and respect and what it truly means to be a servant leader. Because of that, I try to treat each person with the respect they deserve. Along with that, I have learned that I can really do anything I put my mind to. Seeing the students at USAFA give 100 percent in everything they do really inspired me.

HOW IS WARTBURG PREPARING YOU FOR THE FUTURE: Coming to a smaller liberal arts school has shaped me into a more well-rounded person. I think it really goes back to the four pillars and what Wartburg stands for. We get a broader view of education at Wartburg which is something you don’t see at larger institutions. This is displayed through some of the essential education classes we take, the friendly community, and students involvement which all directly goes back to the four main pillars: leadership, learning, faith, and service.

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE LOOK LIKE FOR YOU: I’m majoring in journalism and communication with minors in business and leadership. I’ve definitely thought about higher education and leadership and seeing where that takes me. Right now, I am challenging myself to grow and find my passions.

WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU NEVER THOUGHT YOU COULD DO BEFORE COMING TO WARTBURG: One thing I didn’t know I could do before coming to Wartburg is be so involved. I’ve met so many people through the organizations I’m in and it’s rewarding to be a part of different organizations I am passionate about. Another thing I didn’t know I could do is travel. I went to Europe for May Term my first year and will be going to New Zealand this May Term. You see these opportunities at bigger schools, however, Wartburg really has a great way of promoting these things and allowing students to learn through more than just the classroom.