2
October
2017

Alex Watters Interview0

Charismatic and optimistic are two words that describe Morningside’s own Alex Watters very well. His positive attitude is enough to put anyone in a better mood just from talking to him. Even after the accident, Alex stays positive with an “attitude of gratitude” in which he focuses on things he should feel lucky for.

It is important, according to Alex, to think about the things you should feel thankful for as opposed to focusing on what is going wrong. He could have easily focused on the downsides to the diving accident that put him in a wheelchair for the rest of his life back in 2004 as opposed to feeling lucky for what he has now.

As of now, Alex is one of three first year advisors. His job is to help students through their first year of college in terms of adjusting and getting everything sorted out with their classes. Alex feels good being able to influence these students in a positive way.

Although there is “not a chance in hell” Alex would have been an advisor had it not been for the accident, he feels good about how his life has changed since the accident. Alex truly¬† appreciates being able to help students to succeed. He is greatly inspired by his own student’s success especially when it comes to the tougher cases.

Alex supports his students by going to their games or other events, and tries to make it to at least one of each sporting event and other events in the community. On some level he feels as though they are his own kids, and sometimes even cries at their games when they get put in. Happy tears of course.

He encourages other students to make changes in the community or even in their day to day routine. He tells them, “Your ability to influence others is more than you know.” It can be as simple as a smile and a hello to staring up a conversation with someone new because you never know what that person is going through and you could make their day.

       



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