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Ben Morrow Leans from Study Abroad Experience


Ben Morrow Leans from Study Abroad Experience


NEW BERN – For University of Mount Olive (UMO) student Ben Morrow, the journey to college was not an easy one. Morrow, a student at UMO’s New Bern location, has learned to persevere regardless of difficult circumstances. Morrow has faced success with his college career, and he has been awarded wonderful opportunities. Most recently, he was able to study abroad in France.


Morrow enrolled at UMO in the spring of 2012, majoring in Business Management and Leadership. He hopes to graduate in the fall of 2018. His life is driven by a passion for social justice.  At UMO, he found a faculty and staff that made him feel appreciated and nurtured. “The New Bern location and its staff have never made me feel incapable, disallowed, or out of place. They have always promoted my personal growth and provided me with opportunities.”


Along with his enrollment at UMO, Morrow has also taken classes at Davidson County Community College, where he was offered the opportunity of a lifetime. A partnership between French Embassy and the nation’s top engineering schools created a study abroad program directed at community college students. Morrow was selected for the program, and for ten days in June, he studied in Paris.


His adventure in France allowed him the opportunity to see the world in unique and personal ways. The trip was designed to focus on historic and modern engineering. Morrow was astounded by the advanced technology in structures that have been around for centuries.


 “The absolute best part of the trip was the day spent at the Chateau de Versailles. It is a place that a picture cannot adequately capture,” he said. “You can read about things in a book all day, but at some point you want to go and be among them.”


The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College.  For more information, visit