Jennifer Moore is about to visit her 49th state.
Name: Jennifer Moore
Position: Student services coordinator, Department of Epidemiology
Time at the Gillings School: I’ve been in this role for just over a year, but I’m also a graduate of UNC’s School of Education and I worked in admissions at the School of Nursing from 2007 to 2015.
What I do at UNC Gillings (and why I love it): I help students from the time they visit as prospective scholars through the day of their graduation. In between, I act as a tour guide, admissions counselor and grand marshal of a large amount of paperwork!
I love interacting with students. My last job was strictly in admissions, and I missed working with enrolled students. Now, I work in an office where the department’s student room is right outside my door, so I get to see our students all the time. I also thrive on the great events that we hold in our School; that social element is perfect for me.
An interesting perk of my job: is that I’ve been able to orient myself to this role by participating in a class for incoming students that explores epidemiology. It’s been interesting to learn about the field we work in and what epidemiology can accomplish. Otherwise, I had a bit of a quick-start introduction to the School – I started just a few days before the fall student orientation, and it almost felt like I was part of the incoming cohort of 2015 as I went through it with them!
I was also extremely happy to get a standing desk for my office. I love the Culture of Health at the Gillings School and have brought in a helmet so I can take advantage of our new bikeshare program.
I’m originally from: New York. I’ve lived in Virginia, Washington and California, too. I originally went out west because of simple wanderlust – my sister lived in Utah for a while, and we made the cross-country drive together lots of times. (We’d camp along the way to keep costs down.) Because of those trips, I’ve seen every state in the country except Alaska and Hawaii. Now, I live in Chapel Hill with my daughter, Jazzy, and our dog, Seattle.
The first job I ever had: was as a home health aid, when I was about 16. My neighbor had a son who was disabled, and she applied for funding to get me trained so I could help care for him. After that, I went on to work in group homes for a while, and I originally majored in psychology because of those interests. As an undergraduate, I learned about counseling in the school setting, and I went on to make that my focus when I earned my Master of Education degree. Back when I lived in Seattle, I worked at a large community college that had more than 10,000 students. My favorite thing was meeting students of all ages, majors and backgrounds who had different stories about why they were studying there.
One thing on my bucket list: is to cross off Alaska and Hawaii as the last two states I haven’t seen… and I have a trip planned to Hawaii in the spring! I’ll be meeting a friend there for a week. I’d also like to explore some of the states I’ve passed through already with a bit more time. (My sister and I sometimes breezed right through.) She and I had amazing adventures, though. We saw meteor showers in Montana – you’ve never seen true emptiness until you’re out west at night – and once we glimpsed a herd of wild horses running in the distance. Really, I just love to travel, wherever it takes me.