Scott Morgan | January 1, 2016
Editor’s note: Published in June 2016, A Letter to My Freshman Self is an anthology of 65 personal letters that Notre Dame alumni spanning 60 graduating years up to the Class of 2016 addressed to themselves as freshmen. Edited by Lily Kang ’16 and Ian Tembe ’17, the letters reflect on often complex undergraduate experiences and offer wisdom to help undergraduates make the most of these transformative years of their lives.
As I stepped foot on Notre Dame’s campus as a freshman in 1991, I never could have predicted the journey that my life would take over the next 25 years. I found my calling to use my gifts to empower entrepreneurial leaders and underserved students to realize their full potential. I married the love of my life (at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, no less, with friends from ND in attendance), and we are building a life and raising two strong young daughters together. I’m filled with excitement for the upcoming chapters in my life, and believe I’m prepared to grow from the difficult ones that I know will surely come as well.
The road I have traveled was due much more to luck than skill, and to seizing opportunities that privilege and fortune placed on my path along the way. Since many important seeds for this journey were planted during your four years at Notre Dame, I want to highlight them for you so that you can fully recognize and embrace these opportunities.
Above all else, use your precious time at Notre Dame to explore the world and the many possibilities for living a meaningful life. The spirit of adventure that characterized my undergraduate experience had two important dimensions. First, I chose to “go wide” by trying out different classes (including art, resulting in a self-portrait that has not seen the light of day) to see what grabbed my mind and stirred my soul. I also studied in London and travelled throughout Europe, gaining the valuable perspective that comes from seeing the world and experiencing other cultures.