Alumni Profile: Jennifer Morrison, M.S. ʼ08
More about Jennifer Morrison:
A down side to her job:
Three to four times a year, she travels to sites abroad. Chemonics has taken her to conflict zones like the West Bank, Kosovo and Afghanistan. Afghanistan was particularly difficult, she says. “You’re secluded on the compound. And then when you leave you have to put on the vest, the armor, a helmet. You can’t leave the armored SUV. It’s very isolating.” However, in Kosovo and Israel, she was able to experience the culture. The local staff introduced her to the food, the people, the environment—even their families.
Her guilty pleasure:
Television. From Law & Order: SVU to the Food Network. She particularly loves quirky shows like Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me and Eureka. “You know—all the shows that are cancelled after one or two seasons.”
How she winds down:
Running, cooking and attending her husband’s performances: He’s a stand-up comic and a regular on D.C.’s storytelling scene.
How she stays healthy:
For mental and physical well-being, a lot of her daily commute is by foot. After work, she eschews public transit for a 2- to 3-mile walk with friends, a short trip on the metro and then another mile home after disembarking the train. “It’s exercise and it’s social!”
Before attending UB:
Morrison was born in South Texas and attended Texas A&M University. When she was little, she had her sights set on being a judge.
Another reason she chose UB:
It was her first experience in urban living—and she loved it: “I like telling people that I survived the ‘dangers’ of Baltimore!”