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Chris Morton '18

Growing up in St. Louis, Christopher Morton ’18 says serving the community was always a big part of his life. Having the ability to pursue his passion for service while exploring his interests in the classroom made Illinois College the perfect fit.


Chris made lifelong friendships and learned important lessons about leadership and teamwork through his four-year involvement in service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. He recalls one of his favorite activities was the clean up of Jacksonville’s Town Brook, which brought together various Illinois College Greek Lettered Organizations to remove over 65 bags of trash, debris and other unwanted items from the area. 

The physics major also learned important lessons inside of the classroom. He describes coursework as challenging and difficult, but says he was able to work with many influential professors who pushed him to realize his full potential. During an independent senior study in his last semester at IC, Chris discovered a knack for software coding, which has led to his next step after graduation as a software engineer intern. 

“I discovered a skill for this work at Illinois College and it has really developed recently. My experiences at Illinois College have taught me how to take charge when needed, but also when to take direction. I have been helped by the guidance I’ve received from my professors. The lessons I have learned will really help me in my future career.”