Thanks to the Cook Honors College and IUP professors, Linus
Morales was able to realize his lifelong goal of studying abroad – one of many
opportunities he found through IUP.
As a freshman Asian Studies major, Morales participated in a
Chinese speech competition a professor recommended he enter. He won second
place. The next year, he gave a lecture at a conference after a professor encouraged
him to speak about his experience learning Chinese.
On campus, Morales became a Chinese language tutor and was a
community assistant in the residence halls, which helped with the cost of his
education. He was also in a band with a few fellow Cook Honors College
students, who wrote songs, played shows, and recorded an album.
With help from the Cook Achievement Fund, Morales spent his
junior year living in China and studying at Nanjing University as an exchange
“I lived in an apartment in the center of the city, took the
metro every day, and made connections with people I will never forget,” he
His senior year, he wrote an honors thesis paper, turning to
his advisor for additional resources on his topic and for help with graduate
Morales is now studying Chinese linguistics graduate student
at the University of Arizona, where he has a graduate assistantship. He
appreciates his IUP journey.
“I never thought I’d be given these opportunities and experiences,
and I’ll forever be grateful for them,” he said.