Meet Our Students: Samuel Moore
A monthly series to help you get to know the students of NLU, where they've come from and the things they've experienced on the journey toward their degree.
Pursuing B.A. in Business Administration
What brought you to NLU?
I am the older of two children born to a teenage mother. My grandmother suffered from Alzheimer’s and my mother needed to care for her and my sister; consequently, I was unable to afford college after I graduated from high school. I moved to Chicago because I felt opportunities were limited in the southern United States for me.
My grandmother was a sharecropper until she was 12, and she expressed to me her want for all of her grandchildren to receive a college education. I have a lasting memory of my mother graduating from a job-training program after she received her GED when I was seven years old. She was able to complete two years of college, which enabled her to provide a home for my sister and me. This is one of the best illustrations of self-determination through education I can remember.
Equally, I want to be an example for my children and nephew of how to overcome adversity. I did not have marketable skills for this new economy; meaning, I did not have any computer skills, and I needed computer skills for school and a job. I applied to AmeriCorps Project MORE.
AmeriCorps is a volunteer national service organization. Project MORE serves parents of Head Start-age children in economically depressed areas of Chicago. Through Project MORE I received a certificate in Adult Basic Education (ABE) and computer training while tutoring adults attempting to attain their GED certificates.
Finally, I enrolled at Malcolm X College, and one of my service co-members found information about the Harrison Fellows scholarship and suggested that I apply.
What are you currently studying?
I major in business administration. A majority of the classes in my major are preparing me to develop business enterprises for my community. Specifically, I really enjoy the principles of finance class this spring quarter. We cover how to determine risk and return, short- and long-term financing, as well as understanding cash flow. I find all of these topics fascinating.
Are you involved in any school clubs or off-campus activities in your community?
I am an AmeriCorps alumnus, and every year since 2010 I have participated in the Martin Luther King National Service Day with Project MORE. Project MORE and volunteers collect donations of food and clothing to distribute to shelters in the Chicago area. The AmeriCorps members, alumni, and volunteers facilitate reading and financial literacy workshops to the patrons of the shelters we serve on Martin Luther King’s birthday.
How have you grown in your time here?
I was tapped in the summer of 2012 to help develop a series of professional development workshops. The workshops are designed to help residents of economically depressed areas in Chicago overcome barriers to employment and secondary education. I developed my research and communication skills here at NLU. Now I have clearer short- and long-term goals.
What do you hope to do after college and how is NLU preparing you for that?
I am preparing to become an owner-operator of a distribution company. Logistics companies have thrived in the recent downturn in the economy. I will provide a service that is critical to the economy and provide needed jobs in my community.
What have you liked most about your experience at NLU so far?
I had the opportunity to lead a team on a business development project facilitated by the Undergraduate Initiatives Manager, Traci Dennard. The project was open to the Harrison Fellows majoring in business administration. Similarly, the professors here bring real-world experiences to the classroom. I can focus clearly on what I want to learn from each class I take and how I may apply it in a business environment.
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