Morgan Armour ’23, College of Agriculture, Health & Natural Resources

Morgan Armour reflects on her time at UConn

Portrait of Morgan Armour

Portrait of Morgan Armour, taken March 24, 2023. (Sydney Herdle/UConn Photo)

Morgan Armour started her UConn career as a transfer commuter student, and initially found it tough to integrate into UConn life. But then she found clubs that aligned with her interests, like the Wildlife Society, Paws and Claws, and Yoga Club, and in doing so, she found community and took on leadership roles. Now, she’s proud of how far she came – including receiving a substantial scholarship from CAHNR (Family Difference Maker). “Be bold,” she advises future generations of Huskies – good advice for anyone.


What’s your major and why did you choose it?

My major is Natural Resources with a concentration in Fisheries and Wildlife. I started in veterinary interests, but slowly realized I did not want to be a doctor or perform surgery. I then spent some time in Environmental Science, but it wasn’t until after I transferred here and met my current advisor, Morty Ortega, that I found my current major. We agreed it was a well-rounded major concentrated in working with wildlife species which is what I desire to do as I am interested mostly in exotic species, plants and animals alike.

What’s one thing every student should do during their time at UConn?

I would advise future students to do the things I never did on campus such as rock climbing or sledding at Horsebarn Hill! I think everyone should step out of their comfort zone and go out of their way to show their passion in everything they do. Be bold. Make friends!

Who was your favorite professor and why?

Morty Ortega, my advisor, is also my favorite professor. I love that he gets us the information we need and understands the value of all our time. He doesn’t keep us in class past what’s needed, he is very compassionate, understanding, and inspiring. I appreciate the fact that he doesn’t believe in standardized testing, he believes in real learning. I respect his work so much and the way he really goes out of his way for me.

What’s one thing that will always make you think of UConn?

I think anytime I hear the word “huskies” I will automatically think of UConn, how could you not! My cat Mila also has a stuffed husky toy she plays with constantly, so there will always be our mascot around reminding me, until she demolishes him at least!

What are you most proud of about your time at UConn?

I am most proud so far of the fact that I received a somewhat larger scholarship from the CANHR department. I finally felt like my hard work paid off, literally! It was so surprising as I forgot I had even applied, but the fact that I was seen as a “Family Difference Maker” truly speaks to my character and was good to be recognized for it.