For KU graduate Morgan Kilgore, deciding where to go for his undergrad degree was a no-brainer.
“I grew up a KU fan and KU was my dream school from the beginning, he said. “My great grandpa used to drive the bus for KU athletic teams and I grew up on stories of Wilt Chamberlain, Phog Allen, and Don Fambrough. Not only that, but the tradition and history of KU are second to none. From the Rock Chalk Chant to the walk through the campanile, KU is steeped in tradition and that really appealed to me.”
A 2014 graduate, Morgan holds a B.A. in Global and International Studies, with minors in German and Public Policy. Now in law school, Morgan hustles toward a new dream — to work internationally, particularly in Germany. Visiting the country while he was in high school left an impression on him that he’s never been able to shake, and like his decision to attend KU, adding a German minor to his studies was second nature.
“I knew that Germany had a robust economy and I wanted to live there,” Morgan said. “I figured that learning German would be an integral part of achieving that goal.”
Tradition may have led him to KU, but tight-knit departments like Germanic Languages and Literatures are what made him stay. Small class sizes helped him focus his studies, and he credits that with the grasp of the language even today. “It’s really comforting to walk into a class on the first day of the semester and see so many familiar faces that you either had a class with previously or lifelong friends that you made while studying abroad.”
Morgan will spend the summer working at a business litigation firm in Kansas City, and while he hasn’t yet had a chance to put his expertise in German to work, it’s already made inroads for him as he pursues his J.D.