Lifelong Learning members mixing chemicals

Meet Morgan A. Jordan

Morgan JordanHow long have you been at Wofford? Since June 2016 

What are your favorite book(s): The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery, The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman 

What are your favorite film(s): Fanboys, Memoirs of a Geisha, Girl with a Dragon Tattoo, Rio Bravo

What was your biggest adventure? I spent some time teaching in China before coming to Wofford. The experience shaped my entire worldview. China was a stunning country and the community within the city was incredibly vibrant. Travelling throughout the streets of China on my bicycle inspired me to do the same here in Spartanburg, so I often bike to work. Every moment seems like an adventure when you are on a bike! 

What inspires you? I am inspired by curiosity. Learning is addictive, especially when you are studying something you consider a passion. I love to learn new things, whether it is a practical skill or a new point of view. That sense of curiosity has led me to explore beekeeping, blacksmithing, gardening, language studies, dancing, and even mead-making. Working at Wofford in Lifelong Learning has been very satisfying, especially since it appeals to my inquisitive side. So many of our members have expertise and experience in a countless number of fields; it is exciting to be around like-minded people with a love for learning. I feel very much at home.

What was your most unusual job? I once worked on a farm as an intern where spreading organic fertilizer was a regular chore. The fertilizer of choice at this particular farm was obtained from alpacas. Alpacas are excellent for farms in many ways, but that did not make “shoveling day” any less pungent! 

What is one of your future goals? Ever since volunteering in the language studies programs in China, I have wanted to add more stamps to my passport. When the time is right, I want to volunteer in other areas of the world. There is something to be said for traveling, living and learning from a volunteer’s viewpoint. You tend to gain a better understanding of the community when you feel like you have a role in it. Countries on my list include Cambodia, Thailand, Japan, India and Tibet.

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