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Howard Community College Alumnus Continues Moving Onward and Upward

Marc Morris began a deep dive into archaeology at HCC, but that is just the beginning of his story.
A profile of Marc Morris

Marc Morris has always been fascinated by different cultures since he was a child. He loved visiting museums, calling them his “amusement park.”

After starting at Howard Community College (HCC), Morris shared his interests with Dr. Laura Cripps, dean of social sciences and teacher education,. “He was clearly a person who has natural inquiry,” she says of Morris’ passion for archaeology. She encouraged him to take part in her Global Archaeology and Cultural Anthropology course, and quickly realized that he had a strong desire to become an archaeologist.

“You have to sweat and toil in the field,” Cripps says, explaining the path to an archaeology career. “There’s both an academic and a physical component to succeeding.. He was never put off by this. He continued to seek out opportunities to excavate and join digs, to engage.”

After graduating from HCC and learning about the academic partnerships the school has with four-year institutions, Morris chose Dickinson College, calling it a “natural choice.” Morris adds, "I was able to declare my major in the first week,” choosing a major in archaeology with a minor in anthropology.

Once Morris had graduated from Dickinson, he was awarded the Fulbright US Student Program. The program allows students to pursue research, study, or teaching opportunities in 140 countries abroad.

Through the program, Morris is studying archaeology in Vrije Universiteit in southern Amsterdam. He also takes classes at the University of Amsterdam through the Amsterdam Centre for Ancient Studies and Archaeology.

While his master’s degree classes are taught in English, he looks forward to learning Dutch. “My hope is, between meeting Dutch friends and this program, I can hold a conversation in Dutch,” Morris adds. “I’m looking forward to learning Dutch, getting to experience the Dutch culture, and the experience of living in Europe on my own.”

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program experience sets Morris up for success as it supports his living expenses while in the Netherlands. Having a deep love for excavation digs, cultures, and having worked this past summer as a research intern, Morris has now set on course to obtain his master’s degree in Mediterranean archaeology.

“When I got the final notification, I had to sit down,” Morris says of his acceptance into the Fulbright program. “One of the first times that I really felt I deserved something … I worked really hard for it and it paid off.”

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