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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.”

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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.

“I truly believe that my knowledge of the German language made a significant impact in the quality and number of law schools that I was admitted to,” Morgan said. “Without it, I would not have received the substantial scholarship that I did, and I would not have stood out as well as I did as a candidate.”

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The School of Languages & Cultures serves as a gateway to understanding the diversity of the world, through learning languages, literatures, and cultures, past and present. Through its research and teaching, the SLLC offers students opportunities for deep engagement with a wide range of languages, literatures, and cultures that provide the knowledge and skills to interact with and understand the world. The faculty and students who teach, research, and learn in the SLLC consider issues of diversity fundamental to all of our work. The study of others' languages, literatures, and cultures enables us to develop deep empathy and perspective informs the way that we approach issues before us, whether on a personal, local, regional, national, or global scale. Therefore take it as axiomatic that the SLLC stands for a campus that is committed to the meaningful sharing, contemplation, and discussion of ideas that emerge from multiple cultural perspectives and experiences. We continually rededicate ourselves to the principle of diversity. We strive to create an atmosphere where all students and faculty feel comfortable and welcome to express their views as well as work together to solve conflict. Further, we view our mission as a center of diversity on a flagship campus as requiring us to lead by example.

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