Seth Morones is using his past personal experiences as a homeless youth in his own research to explore this often overlooked subgroup. He describes his current project (interviewing six formerly homeless students) as “what I refer to as resource relationships for homeless youth who are seeking to gain access to higher education opportunities. In short, who did they work with to take the next step in their educational careers, and what did those relationships look like.” To him, the act of research is a search for the truth and he describes research as being almost addicting: “I find that I am constantly wanting to learn more and more.”
Morones has also discovered a passion for looking deeper at societal issues and gets to do just that as a Sociology major; “it might seem a little out-putting that I love to study what is wrong with our world, but I began to look at it as not a negative thing per se, but as an opportunity to better understand the world we live in to try and make a difference later.” He added that in the future, “I hope to help create comprehensive education systems that fit the needs of all students. I might sound like a dreamer, I know, but often I find the realistic world to be too confined by rules and regulations that we in effect limit our potential.”
He is certainly not limiting his potential here at UNC. He is currently the Resident Assistant in the Honors Learning Community in Decker Hall, is a McNair Scholar, and is afraid of fish “(yes, the things that swim around and are typically harmless).” He used to be a music major and retains his passion “for all things music;” he also enjoys dancing and working out in his spare time. Morones had wanted to originally become a world-class musician attending Juilliard or another conservatory, but decided that UNC had a great music program too.
He came to school mostly because he had nowhere else to go at the time as he was living with friends and in group homes; the day he received his acceptance letter from UNC was the day he found a home and “a home is what UNC became.” He has had unwavering support from faculty and staff as well as a determination to succeed in his new home: “Now my goal is just to make those people proud!”
He seems to be doing just that.