Nursing Graduate says: “Get a planner!”

By Collegian Staff

This is the first article in a series we hope will develop some traction here at the Collegian. We’d like to profile graduates who’ve started their careers, gain what wisdom they’ve gathered now that they’ve completed college.

This time we got a chance to talk to Brian Mullaghy, BSN, who graduated from Morton in 2013. He’s currently employed as a nurse in the Chicago suburbs. He stresses time management and self-advocacy as important to professional success.

1. ) Tell us about your career and why you picked it.

Well, I always wanted to be a teacher but quickly realized, after taking some anatomy courses, that I loved the human body. I decided I wanted to be able to teach people about their bodies, and what better way then being a nurse?

Nursing is a very stressful job at times but the satisfaction you get from helping others through their worst times makes it worth every ounce of stress!

2.) Ignoring the question of finances, what was the biggest challenge you faced in your 4-year program?


I can’t stress that enough. Between working full-time on night shift from 11pm-7:30am 5-6 days a week, while also taking classes 2 days a week for 4 hours, it got hectic.

I had to get a planner for the first time in my life, and I really had to use it because it became overwhelming to just have it all sit in my head. Once I used the planner, it helped me not to have to think so much, and I knew exactly how long I had to do all my work and what needed my attention the most.

Saved my life!

3.) What advice do you have for students who plan to transfer?

Always attend class, and don’t assume teachers at a 4-year will give you breaks when you don’t do your homework. Get your work done early and enjoy being done while you see all the rest of your classmates struggling to finish the day before, while you sleep without worries.

4.) What is the biggest challenge you face in your current career?

I can’t say I have many challenges in my current career. When you love what you do, you’re never actually working but just helping others. Something to take away, when entering a career, is to know your worth! When you know your value to your employer, you can advance for the pay you deserve!

5.) What do you mean by your worth?

I mean that employers will sometimes try and tell you and pay you “what you’re worth.” Most times, that’s not the case. You need to know what your time is worth and your value to the people paying you, so you can advocate for higher pay for yourself, and you improve.

6.) Thanks, Brian. Good luck in your career!

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Morton Offers New Journalism Course

By Collegian Staff


This Spring, Morton College will offer a course in Journalism (JRN 101-H1). The course will work intimately with The Morton Collegian to offer students not only training in covering events and generating copy, but also an outlet for their work, and a permanent place for them to begin developing an internet presence.

The instructor for the course is Morton Collegian’s faculty advisor, Mr. Karolis Zukauskas.

JRN 101 is primarily a critical thinking course, a media consumption course, and its goal is to prepare a student to think like a freelancer.

Mr. Zukauskas has taught English and Humanities at Morton College since 2003. He has a Masters degree in writing from Columbia University in New York, has worked as a teacher and writer in four different countries (Austria, Cuba, Lithuania and the USA), has published two novels, is about to publish a memoir, and he worked for two years as an contributing editor and content provider at The Good Men Project.

We asked him the magic question. Why should someone study journalism when it seems the profession is in decline?

“I don’t feel the profession is in decline,” he said. “Media companies are struggling to generate revenue, and the old-school model of print journalism is under serious threat. However, new models are evolving, faster than a lot of students are gathering, and there’s a great demand for professionals able to gather, process, compress and articulate information. Those professionals may not end up working for media companies. Some might end up becoming their own media company.

Journalism students may not end up working for media companies. Some might end up becoming their own media company.

“There’s a difference,” he continued, “between majoring in Journalism and taking an introductory journalism course. If we’re only thinking about money, we can rest assured that all skills are marketable, and skilled thinkers and communicators are in enormous demand. The course is certainly designed for someone interested in attending a J-school. However, it’s primarily a critical thinking course, a media consumption course, and its goal is to prepare a student to think like a freelancer while communicating with eloquence.”

The course will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:30-1:45. It starts January 16th. For more info, contact the Office of Admissions and Records.

Photo of a Press Conference from Wikipedia.

Meet Your New Editor-in-Chief

by Collegian Staff


The Morton Collegian is pleased to introduce Irisneida Rodriguez, our new Editor-in-Chief. We sat down to get to know her this week.

What brings you to Morton College?

I live nearby and decided I wanted to save some money. I graduated with the class of 16’ from Morton East High School. I always knew I would attend college—I excel in academics and like to learn. Today, I am pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Arts with plans to major in either Sociology or Psychology.

Why are you interested in journalism?

I would always write a lot, and honestly, meeting the word requirement wasn’t my problem because I usually surpassed it, anyway. My Sociology Prof. Mr. Drury has motivated me into considering writing for the Morton Collegian.

What are some issues that you care about?

There are many social issues that are interesting to me and worth writing and learning about. I am an advocate of Feminism, Black Lives Matter and the Defend DACA movements. In Sociology, the Conflict Theory as well as Symbolic Interactionism catch my attention. I plan to share my personal views about these topics.

Help us with that. Many students haven’t heard of Symbolic Interactionism!

Symbolic Interactionism is, in general, a study of how we interact on a day to day basis, in our interpersonal relationships, based on the meanings we give to symbols. A symbol could be a degree as a symbol of success, widely accepted by society, so we don’t really question it anymore. Another example could be red hearts as symbols of love. I’m fascinated by how these symbols develop and what they really mean.

What are your plans for after Morton College?

I plan to transfer to University of Illinois at Chicago to obtain a Bachelors in Sociology (or Psychology) with perhaps a minor in Journalism. I feel so undecided because I have so many subject areas that interest me; that explains how I went from an Associates in Science to and Associates in Liberal Arts, as that program offers more areas I could consider.

How Does DACA Affect You?


By Collegian Staff

Will the ending of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals affect you, your family or a loved one? The Collegian is interested in your story. If necessary, we’ll keep your story anonymous; however, we’re very interested in what impact this legal action will have on our community, and we want to give students, staff, faculty and others a chance to be heard.

If you would like to share your opinion, story or experience, please contact our staff at this e-mail address. We’ll arrange for an interview.

Work for The Collegian


Are you considering a career in media, or do you simply want to express yourself and learn how a contemporary online magazine works? Gain this experience at The Collegian, Morton’s student-run paper.

The Collegian is currently hiring editors, reporters and photographers. At least two positions are paid. Other positions might become paid as the paper’s readership grows.

Candidates should be self-motivated, possess outstanding writing and communication skills, and they should be able to meet deadlines and work as members of a team. To be considered, candidates must be currently enrolled at Morton College. Ideal team members will have at least two semesters of experience studying at Morton College.

For more information, please contact Karolis Zukauskas, the Collegian adviser.


Photo of Quill and Scroll from Wikipedia.

Student Trustee Goal to Raise $4,000 for Hope Scholarship


By Marcela Ruiz

In times when the media has been singling out DACAmented and undocumented students, The HOPE Scholarship is committed to support these students to continue their education at Morton College.

“I wanted to be the person who knows and shares with others.”

As the Student Trustee, Andrea Chavarria decided to continue The HOPE Scholarship 5k fundraiser to raise money for students who are not eligible for federal aid. She wants the annual race to become a tradition, an event Morton College students look forward to every year.

“When you don’t know the resources available, you have to ask and I wanted to be that person who knows and shares with others” Chavarria said when asked about the reasons she believes in this scholarship. “When you get involved, meet people, it motivates you a lot” she added.

In addition to filing to obtain the permits needed for the race, Chavarria has made great efforts to find additional resources to accomplish her goal. On January 25, she announced The World’s Largest Laundromat donated $500 towards the scholarship.
Since 2012 the Morton College community has also responded positively demonstrating their support by making donations in labeled boxes inside the cafeteria.

This year The HOPE Scholarship 5k will take place on Sunday, April 23 at Morton West High School. Chavarria hopes to reach her goal by the end of this semester, as she will be transferring to UIC to pursue a career in Physical Therapy.