Senior Spotlight: Morgan Minear (’21)

As we celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2021, we share the experiences, memories and plans of some of our seniors.

Morgan Minear (’21)
Hometown: Decorah, Iowa
Major: Media Studies with a minor in Music

Morgan Minear (’21)

While at Loras, I have been on the cross country team, choir, Praise and Worship, Campus ministry, LCTV, Duhawkappella and track & field.

I originally looked at Loras because my sister was a student here. She and my parents sang Loras’s praises, so it was definitely on my visit list when I looked at colleges. I ultimately picked Loras because to the magnetic atmosphere and family-like community. It felt like an institution that genuinely wanted me to be a student and a place where I could grow authentically.

In comparison to my freshman year, I feel like I have grown into my own community of people more than I thought I ever would. Loras is the biggest school I have attended in my life (so far). In general, I expected my college experience to be more isolated. What is special about Loras is it’s small enough to simultaneously meet new people every day and grow in relationships with people around campus. Additionally, I have grown to appreciate the impact of a Liberal Arts education on my life. It wasn’t something I prioritized when looking at colleges, but it has given me the opportunity to learn new ideas, facts, and events throughout our world that I may not have known otherwise.

As a student-athlete, some of my first memorable moments at Loras College came from competitions on the weekends and travelling to new cities and states with the team. Outside of competing and hard training, there weren’t many dull moments. Through my media and music studies, I’ve had several opportunities to make and perform art with my peers that I will cherish and reflect on for years to come. Even more simply, some of my best memories at Loras College are from staying up way too late at the end of the semester doing (or intentionally avoiding) homework with my roommates and friends. My plan after graduation is to attend the University of North Texas to pursue a master’s degree in Vocal Performance.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2020, Loras was ranked the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the fourth consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 12th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).