Sometimes, the chapters in your story aren’t written in the order you originally planned. That’s the case for Patrick Morrison, whose story from military service to collegiate life reveals growth, resilience, and renewed passion.

In the Fall of 2017, Patrick took his first steps in higher education at Saint Paul College, but this chapter ended after just three weeks. His unhappiness and lack of readiness for college propelled him into a new direction – a six-year journey in the Navy. As a Hospital Corpsman, he served with dedication and bravery, gracing the shores of Australia and Japan.

January 9, 2024, marked a new chapter in Patrick’s story. After an honorable discharge from the military, he returned to his initial starting point – Saint Paul College. This time, however, things were different. Patrick was filled with a renewed passion for learning and an interest in a new field: stage acting and comedy.

Patrick recognizes the challenging road ahead, so he’s coupled his passion for acting with a practical ambition: an education in writing. His end goal – to land a role as a creative writer for TV or movies.

Patrick acknowledges that school is still challenging, but the supportive environment at Saint Paul College is a comfort. Admiring the college’s 100% acceptance rate, he feels seen and validated despite his past academic struggles. Saint Paul College’s empathetic approach towards its students is a testament to its commitment to fostering a culture that values ambition over GPAs.

Speaking of ambition, Patrick can’t wait to take to the stage in the school play – “13 Ways to Screw up Your College Interview” on May 2. As he delves deeper into the world of performing arts, this play is an exciting stepping stone towards his acting aspirations.

Patrick’s story exemplifies how detours aren’t setbacks but different routes to the same destination. We can’t wait to see where this story goes next!