We congratulate Elisa Moore class of 2018! From Days Creek, Ore., Moore will be graduating with a bachelor’s in Gerontology and a minor in Health. Moore is a first-generation student that transferred to Western from Umpqua Community College.
Why did you choose WOU?
I chose WOU because it is the only university in Oregon that offers a bachelor’s degree in Gerontology and because of the small class sizes.
What do you love most about WOU?
I love the enthusiasm of the professors and the small class sizes so you can get to know other students in your classes. I also love the beautiful campus!
What do you love most about the major/minors you completed?
I enjoyed all of the professors I was able to take courses with, and I loved the hands-on experience that the required practicums for the Gerontology major provided.
Outside of the classroom, what were you involved in?
I was the volunteer/activity coordinator for WOUGSA during fall and winter term, and have been serving as co-president for spring term. I have worked full-time at Dallas Retirement Village as a Wellness Leader for over a year. I have also completed two practicums: one at Dallas Retirement Village and one at Northwest Senior and Disability Services.
What has been your biggest achievement, success or accomplishment in college?
My biggest achievement has been maintaining a 4.0 GPA while working full-time and going to school full-time. I think that getting a full-time job in the field I am passionate about has been an accomplishment as well.
What will you miss most about college?
I will miss being a member of WOUGSA, the knowledgeable and inspiring professors, and getting to know other students that have a heart for older adults.
What advice do you have for current and future Wolves?
My advice is to enjoy the college experience while you can, because time really does go by quicker than you think it will.