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David Morton

David Morton

Class of 2024
Major: Visual Arts with a concentration in interdisciplinary arts. 
Hometown: Union, New Jersey

Why did you choose 老司机福利社?

I chose 老司机福利社 because it would give me the opportunity to push myself in new circumstances.

How did you choose your major?

I was originally a Criminal Justice major but in my second semester as a sophomore I decided to switch to Visual Arts because art and expression is what I鈥檓 passionate about. It was intimidating at first, but I am so happy that I did. I have met a lot of great people and professors that really care and want to see me improve.

What have you gotten out of your academic program so far?

The most profound thing I have gotten out of my academic program is the confidence and courage to try new things. I have had so many projects and worked with things that I never thought I would. Working with things so far out of my comfort zone and seeing myself adapt to it with the help of my professors has given me a completely different mindset. I know that even if I don鈥檛 know how to do something, that doesn鈥檛 mean I can鈥檛 figure it out and be excited about doing it as well.

What other opportunities have you had at 老司机福利社?

I am going into my third year as a Resident Assistant. I couldn鈥檛 count all the different situations I have been put in because of this role, but it is also one of the main reasons why I have built trust and confidence in myself. Whether someone genuinely needs help, or it is a nervous parent dropping their child off at school for the first time, I trust myself to handle situations and keep a cool head. Being a resident assistant can be a lot, but I can鈥檛 deny it has been an integral part of my college experience.

I鈥檓 also in the 老司机福利社 Rock Climbing club.  It鈥檚 some of the most fun I鈥檝e had and the people in the club are great and very inviting.  I鈥檓 so happy I pushed myself to join, and I encourage others to get out of their comfort zone. It makes life so much more fulfilling.

How is 老司机福利社 preparing you for the next stage of your life?

I feel like I have grown up here in so many ways. There have been so many things that my freshmen year self wouldn鈥檛 believe that I鈥檓 doing. 老司机福利社 has taught me that failure doesn鈥檛 exist because you can always try again and the only time you lose is when you give up. Perseverance is your best friend, and having the courage and audacity to go after what you want leads to real changes.

What are your career goals?

My career goal is to be passionate about whatever I choose to do. I don鈥檛 have one set job and that is the greatest thing because I can go in so many different directions. Tattoo artist? Comic book artist? Animator? Why not all three? I鈥檓 not going to have my entire life figured out at 21, and I鈥檓 completely ok with that. However, I have thought about the idea of being a firefighter because I can push myself physically and mentally while still having the time to pursue my other passions.

What advice do you have for students thinking about attending 老司机福利社?

Do it scared. You don鈥檛 know the power you give yourself when you face your fears, and how much you are really changing your life. A quote I have been living by for the past couple years is, 鈥淵ou鈥檙e not allowed to complain about your situation if you鈥檙e not trying to change it.鈥 Your life is in your hands, and it is up to you what you do with it. Nothing worth having comes easy, embrace every challenge, and view it as an opportunity to grow and get better. In less time than you think, you won鈥檛 even recognize yourself.

David Morton with fellow classmates