Jordan Morrison wanted to understand the technical side of business and loved the creative side that marketing offered. She earned a Bachelor in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Texas at Arlington.

(Photo Courtesy of Jordan Morrison)

(Photo Courtesy of Jordan Morrison)

As a student worker at the University of Texas at Arlington, Morrison was given the opportunity to work in the office of development, which is part of the office of the president. She thought, “How cool is this. I could do this for a job? That’s awesome,” said Morrison.

Morrison moved to Houston and worked at Rice University as an event coordinator and planned seminars and small special events. She loved it but was not a fan of Houston’s extremely humid weather and returned to Dallas.

She got hired at Southern Methodist University (SMU) to work in the Simmons School of Education and Human Development, a newly developed academic department, Education Policy and Leadership department as an administrative assistant and was exposed to budgets, admissions and special events. She quickly became a Jill-of-all-trades.

A new master’s degree program was being formed and Morrison jumped at the chance to be one of the first students enrolled. She earned a Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership with a specialization in higher education from SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development.

“For my career path, it was worth it for me to get the master’s degree. It was worth it tenfold. You challenge yourself and expand your knowledge, and in the long run, you will advance your career. When you see that perfect job come out, you will be ready. I feel I can do my job better because of this degree. When you can find a job that combines your bachelor’s degree and your master’s degree, you have succeeded,” said Morrison.

Robin D. Everson is a native Chicagoan who resides in Dallas, Texas. Her appreciation for art, food, wine, people and places has helped her become a well-respected journalist. A life-long lover of education, Robin seeks to learn and enlighten others about culture. You can find her work at