Second Generation of Sullivan’s Attend UMO

Second Generation of Sullivan’s Attend UMO

MOUNT OLIVE- Morgan Sullivan of Wilson grew up attending Daniels Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, so she was very familiar with the University of Mount Olive, which was founded by the Original Free Will Baptist denomination. When it came time to pick a college to attend, Sullivan knew she wanted to go somewhere that would allow her to grow in both faith and academics.  The University of Mount Olive (UMO) filled her wish list on both accounts.

Sullivan’s parents, Johnny and Donna Sullivan, met, fell in love, and graduated from UMO; so they were strong advocates for their daughter attending the school. Initially, however, Sullivan was hesitant to follow in her parents’ footsteps.

“I was contemplating attending other colleges, because I did not want to be known just as Johnny and Donna’s daughter,” revealed Sullivan. “Then I visited the school, just to please my parents. As soon as I stepped onto the campus, I was very much at peace with where I saw my life going. In that moment, I knew UMO was where I wanted to spend the next four years of my life.”

Sullivan started her journey at UMO in the fall of 2014 where she is pursuing a degree in education.

“I have always had a passion for working with children,” she said.  “Knowing that I am helping the next generation of leaders really inspires me.”

Outside of the classroom, Sullivan is busy around campus. She is an Admissions tour guide, a singer in Free Spirit, and a volunteer with the Open Hands Club.  She is also active in Stoney Creek Free Will Baptist Church.

“I have so many opportunities at UMO! I enjoy providing tours for prospective students and helping with fundraisers for the Open Hands Club to give back to the community. I also enjoy going to chapel and spreading my faith by performing with Free Spirit,” said Sullivan.

With already a year and a half already behind her, Sullivan is confident that her decision to UMO was the right choice for her future.

“I am very confident that God has lead me to UMO for a reason,” smiled Sullivan. “I could not ask for a better group of friends than I have made while at school, and the faculty and staff are amazing. I give all the glory and honor to God for allowing me to be a part of the UMO family.”

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