Midland is in the midst of a population boom, and Morgan Larabee and is one of the
many citizens who have found a new home in the Permian Basin.
At the end of her senior year in high school, Larabee’s parents told her they were
moving to Midland. They gave her two options: she could stay in her hometown of Aztec,
New Mexico and attend community college there, or she could move with them to Midland
and attend Midland College (MC).
“My family is the most important thing to me and I wanted to be close to them,” said
Larabee. “I came to MC, looked at the campus and I immediately loved it. We moved
in August 2018, so I was rushing to get registered for fall classes. The MC staff
were great about getting me settled.”
Larabee is entering her second year at Midland College. She is working on completing
her perquisites before applying to MC’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. That
competitive program teaches students to use sound wave equipment to generate an image
of organs and tissues used to assess and diagnose various conditions.
“I really care for people, and sonography technology is really amazing to me,” explained
Larabee. “Right now my prerequisite classes are creating a baseline for me; I will
go more in depth once I am accepted into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program.
The prerequisite classes are giving me the necessary context.”
Larabee likes to be challenged. So far, her favorite class has been a science class
most others dread.
"I have really loved all my college classes, but Anatomy and Physiology really stands
out," stated Larabee. "The teacher, Joey Schenkman, is an amazing professor. He wanted
us to know the material and really understand it. It was the hardest class I have
ever taken, but I loved it."
“Anatomy and physiology is a fun, interesting, but rigorous course required for many
pre-health pathways,” explained Schenkman. “Morgan possesses a strong ambition and
commitment to studying and learning. She has always shown a true curiosity and drive
to learn the concepts relating to human health and wellness.”
"Overall, I am really happy with my choice to attend MC," said Larabee. "The faculty
and staff are dedicated to the students. My older siblings went to big universities,
and they never had as much help as I have had access to at MC. There are free tutors,
and the professors are very helping and accessible. Everyone is trying to make sure
Recently Larabee was awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the Permian Basin Association
“I like to research and apply for a bunch of different scholarships,” Larabee said.
“My parents and sister are members of that association, and my Mom urged me to apply
for the scholarship. The application was rigorous; I had to write a resume, answer
long form essay questions and get letters of recommendation. The process took a whole
Debbie McNeely, psychology instructor at MC, wrote Larabee a recommendation.
“Morgan is a student I will always remember as having such a positive impact on the
whole class,” said McNeely. “She came in every day eager to learn with a smile on
her face. Morgan always made sure to greet her fellow classmates and me; she really
lifted the mood of everyone around her. It was such a pleasure having Morgan in my
MC Speech professor Katherine Allen also wrote Larabee a recommendation.
“Morgan brought a lot of energy to class,” stated Allen. “I knew that her positive
attitude would benefit future classes and her studies, and I wanted to help her earn
Students who are interested in learning more about scholarships should visit www.midland.edu/scholarships.
Scholarship applications for the spring semester will be available on the website
October 7 through December 2.