Senior Jessie Moore’s passion for International Studies

Senior Jessie Moore is heading to CARE USA this summer before moving into the International Affairs graduate program at Georgia Tech.

But she didn’t always have it figured out.

“After my sophomore year, I felt burnt out and I was unsure I was going to be able to return to Berry financially or if I even wanted to,” Jessie says. “However, returning my junior year was the best decision I have ever made and that choice has opened so many doors for me. Including international travel to Morocco, internships and numerous work experiences.”

As an international studies major with a Spanish minor, senior Jessie Moore is no stranger to hard work. She  recently completed her honors thesis under the mentorship of Government Professor  Kirsten Taylor and Associate Spanish Professor  Julia Barnes. The thesis details the Cuban women’s activist group, Las Damas de Blanco, and the possibility of democratization and greater human rights in their country.

“Dr. Taylor has been more than an advisor or a mentor over my Berry career. She has pushed me to go beyond what I ever thought was possible and she constantly demands the best from me. This has allowed me to find my passions and realize what I want to do with my life, for which I’m eternally grateful,” Jessie says.

During her time at Berry, Jessie worked as a head resident for Residence Life, challenged herself as the vice president for Model United Nations, was a member of the Leadership Fellows scholarship organization and held numerous accolades in honors organizations across campus. She has also won the William Pence International Studies Award twice, and the “Best Delegation for the World Health Organization” at the Southern Regional Model United Nations Conference in 2018.

“Berry has given me a strong support system of community and instilled within me a spirit of compassion, initiative and work ethic,” she says.


Written by Senior Alexi Bell

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