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Courtney Morgan-Bowling

Posted by on Monday, December 3, 2012 in Student-Athletes of the Month.

Courtney Morgan
Major: Child Studies

Why did you choose to attend Vanderbilt?
The first time that I ever laid eyes on Vanderbilt was 8 years ago when I came to Nashville on vacation. As we passed the campus I knew right then and there that I wanted to attend Vanderbilt. That dream stuck in my head for the rest of my middle school and high school career. When I was in high school, bowling opened the opportunity for me to attend Vanderbilt and become a student- athlete. There was absolutely no way that I could have said no. Now, I get to wake up every day knowing I achieved my dream of attending Vanderbilt. I consider myself blessed to have the privilege of being a part of a stellar athletics program and a stellar academic institution.

What are your career goals?
My main career goal is to get books into the hands of as many children as possible, and to raise awareness about the positive effects of reading on early child development. I also have a passion for children’s literature, and because of this I want to learn and eventually teach what components go into making a good children’s book. I’m not exactly positive of what this looks like in my career yet. I have considered everything from teaching to library science, to publishing; however, no matter which career path I choose I know that there will be children and books involved in it for the rest of my life.

What does it take to be academically successful at Vanderbilt?
I think that developing effective and efficient study strategies is one of the most impactful things for academic success. It is important to know yourself and how you like to learn so that you can make the best strategies possible. Also, building good relationships with professors is really helpful. When you know your professors, it is a lot easier to go in and ask for help than it is if you’ve never talked to them before. Plus, when they know you better they understand more about your learning style and may be able to explain a concept to you in a different way (or more in depth) than they did in class. Lastly, SLEEP! I always do better on tests when I got a good night’s sleep the night before.

How do you manage your demanding schedule?
My schedule can get pretty overwhelming, so I make lots of lists and use my planner all the time. I generally plan out my day in the morning because it helps me to be able to stay on top of things, and also helps me organize my thoughts. Plus, I like being able to check things off of my planner/ lists when I finish them. It makes me feel like I’m accomplishing my tasks instead of getting bogged down in my thoughts of everything I still have left to do. I also make sure to make time to have some fun to help knock down my stress levels and get myself outside of my own head- even if it’s just taking an hour to watch a TV show.

What is your ritual before taking a test?
When I’m studying for a test I generally have some anxiety, but I will get to a point where I am calm and know that I have learned everything that I am capable of learning- that feeling is when it’s time to stop. After that, the most important thing for me to do is to go to bed early and get a good amount of sleep. Then, I usually get up early to have breakfast and read over my study guides one last time.

What is your favorite quote?
“Remember always that you not only have the
right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.”- Eleanor Roosevelt

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston Churchill