Career & Education

Jabari Morgan: A 'National' success

Sunday, October 08, 2017

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If his address were the only judge of his success, then he would probably have been labelled a failure from birth. But like others who were born and raised in inner-city communities and have excelled tremendously, Jabari Morgan is not allowing the 'bad image' of his community to define him.

The 19-year-old, who lives with his father Sean Morgan in Allman Town, is a first-year medical sciences student at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus.

Morgan attended Kingston College where, in 2015 he aced all 10 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate subjects. He went on to sixth-form where he gained a total of seven grade ones and three grade twos in Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination Units 1 and 2.

While some might attribute his success at the exams to pure talent, Morgan notes that he put in a lot of work to ensure that he maintained high academic performance. He also credits his father, an accountant at National Baking Company, for being one of the major driving forces behind his success.

“From an early age he really showed me the importance of education. He has always shared with me his life story, how he grew up, how he struggled, to how he got where he is today. He just always wanted the best for me,” Morgan said. This knowledge, he said, propelled him to never settle for mediocre performance.

“I always want to make him proud and he has invested heavily in me over the years, so, although I do it for myself, I do it for him also because I just want to make him proud,” Morgan said.

He also mentioned his mother, Roxann Soares, who does not live with them but who he says plays a supportive role in his life.

Young Morgan has been a beneficiary of the company's educational assistance programme since 2010. The programme, which began in 1986, rewards students whose parents work at the company.

“The assistance from National went a long way because it eased the burden on my parents and it helped them to go even further. I had more resources for school because I got assistance for tuition already,” Morgan explained.

In addition to his good grades, Morgan has been very involved in his school community.

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy so I try to be involved,” he continued. “I was president of the Tourism Action Club, director of Sixth Form Association and a perfect.” He also played cricket in high school and captained the Kingston College Under-16 team.

Morgan, who will graduate in 2022, said at the end of his five years at university he wants to make a lasting impact, make friendships with other people from other faculties and graduate with the highest possible honours. More than anything else, however, he wants to continue to help and impact his community by giving back tremendously.

“I would like to help others coming through as well, because they see me as a role model,” Morgan said, adding that his guiding mantra is “each one, help one”.

“When you invest in the future you reap positive benefits down the line,” the young man said.

As for his interest in medicine, Morgan told the story of Buzz Lightyear, a fictional character in the Toy Story franchise.

“It was electrical, and from I could remember myself I was pulling the toy apart and putting it back together. [That's what] sparked my interest,” Morgan said.

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