Written by Marie Kane |
Photos by Lindsay Harden & Marie Kane
Lindsay Harden- nicknamed “Linny”- graduated with Morgan’s Class of 2017 and now goes to UNC Charlotte, in North Carolina. If she wasn’t there, she does not know where she would be. “This is the school I know I’m supposed to be at. Now that I go to school here, I know I’m not supposed to be anywhere else.” She described college as a new adventure.”There’s this place down south called cookout. For $5 you could get a tray of an entree and a drink and the first time I went, I had no idea what it was. I had Cheerwine, and it was the best cherry soda ever.”
She knew that she wanted to go down south somewhere, and chose this college on a win. Originally, she was a nursing major but switched to a communications major. Next semester she will be taking public speaking, online Spanish, intro to communications theory, intro to psychology, statistics, and an English class. She said “college all the way” after being asked if she likes college or high school better. “At first I was like yeah, I can’t handle this, but now I have adjusted, and I am happy where I am. This is the happiest I have been in a long time.” Lindsay wants to go into event planning. “I hope to work as an event planner for a nonprofit and settle down in the Charlotte area.”
Lindsay loves the people she has met and loves that she gets to spend a lot of time with them, but she shared how it sometimes gets annoying when she has a lot of tests in one week. Lindsay explained how the people and weather down there are really different than they are up here. She believes it is a friendlier atmosphere. She said, “I really like the independence and being on my own. Coming back, it feels like I never left.”
“I miss being around everyone all the time. It’s weird. You’re never going to be around the same people again. I miss my teachers and the sporting events.” Lindsay would not do anything differently if she had the opportunity to redo high school. She has no regrets. “Everything I have done has made me who I am today.”
Lindsay’s favorite teachers from Morgan were the Luthers. “They were basically my school parents and were always there for me.” She gave a shoutout to Mrs. Chausse and Journalism. “I’m thankful for all the good memories I had here in Clinton.” Living on a campus for Lindsay is pretty convenient. “I can walk to all my classes, but I like to cook and it’s hard to eat healthy.”
Biology teacher Chris Luther knew Lindsay for three years since her sophomore year. He had her as a student in Honors Biology as well as AP Biology: “One word to describe Lindsay Harden would be enthusiastic. She always came in ready to learn and participate. She’s the type of student that made class better by actively participating, asking questions, and being a role model for the class.” Mr. Luther would like to thank Lindsay for making his job more enjoyable.
Spanish teacher Laura Luther had Lindsay for Spanish 3 as well as Spanish 4 Honors and described her as energetic and that it was great to have her in class: “She was always willing to participate and really cared about her classmates.” She said that a funny moment with Lindsay was whenever she would say the word “story” in Spanish. “We miss her leadership and wish her the best.”
Lindsay played on the Morgan Golf team for all four years of her time at Morgan and helped to get the girls team going in her senior year. She said, “I really liked the golf coaches. Bergman and Cherry were so great and so helpful.” She also enjoyed that she got to play with her good friends.
Lindsay’s advice for current Morgan students getting ready for college is to enjoy the time they have being around everybody: “You will never be around each other again. Have an open mind, branch out, and don´t worry about making mistakes because you will eventually grow from them.”