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Once homeless, now SDSU student body president

SAN DIEGO – A San Diego State University student has overcome all odds to become the top leader on campus.

Josh%20StillJosh Morse was recently elected as the new SDSU student body president, but given his past the accomplishment might seem unlikely.

Morse had a difficult childhood: an absent father, mother with addiction problems and even homelessness. Eventually it became too much.

“There was a point that my mom could not provide for me,” said Morse. “I could provide better for myself. So I took it upon myself at age 11 to pack my bag up and I left.”

Morse couch-surfed with friends and other family members for about a year, but no matter where he was staying one thing never changed.

“Every day I was at school,” said Morse. “I did well. I excelled. I got good grades and that really set me up for the success I have today.”

His life changed drastically when he came across the Klien family from Ocean Beach. They knew very little about him, but saw his need and offered him a place to stay for the weekend.

“They said ‘I know you’re jumping around,’” said Morse. “You can stay with us for the weekend. I’m proud to say, and so blessed to say, that weekend turned into seven years this past October.”

With a loving household, Morse grew into the leader he is today. He became student body president for Point Loma High School and captain of the surf club.

Those leadership skills continued into college. At SDSU, he is a fraternity brother for Sigma Phi Epsilon and the captain of the surf club. He’s also involved in numerous other student organizations including Aztec PRIDE, SDSU philanthropic organization that supports the community.

Always humble, he attributes his success to others.

“I found that leadership was kind of a big thing for me,” said Morse. “That I really liked giving back, because I was so appreciative of the things that I was given and the people who helped me along the way.”

Now his goal is to use what he’s learned to help others with similar challenges.

“That experience has really developed me as a leader, effective communicator and someone that’s built that compassion for helping students,” said Morse. “I know firsthand that without someone to help you along the way that there’s no way you can possibly reach your maximum potential.”

Morse is majoring in finance and is also enrolled in the pre-law program at UCLA. Once he graduates, he will begin working on his Masters in public policy at UCLA.

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8 Comments to “Once homeless, now SDSU student body president”

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      Jake said:
      March 21, 2013 at 1:06 PM

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    Peter said:
    March 21, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    great story

    Thomas said:
    March 21, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Drive on Josh. Great job buddy! Another story showing that in this country, the only person that can hold you down, is yourself. Always be humble and always remember where you came from.

    Mark said:
    March 21, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    V, D, BL

      pt502 said:
      March 21, 2013 at 2:55 PM

      All day living the balanced man life style

    Chris said:
    March 21, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    What a wonderful story. It shows you can become whatever you want if you work hard. His parents should be ashamed of themselves. Thank God he left home at eleven. He has a unlimited future.

    Jim Green said:
    March 25, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Congratulations from a Va. Zeta Sig Ep, initiated 1952. "It All Gets Better" if we persevere.

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