Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Women's History Month Spotlight: Anedra Moore

From representing Vol State at various events to conducting campus tours, student leader Anedra Moore wears more than a few hats around campus. Most notably, she lists Presidents Ambassador, AmeriCorps VISTA, president of the Returning Student Organization, and treasurer of Phi Theta Kappa on her current résumé. With a background in healthcare administration, Anedra returned to college in 2015 at Vol State to embark on a new career path. As a Cyber Defense major, she has a long-term goal of working for NASA as a cyber-analyst. Now at the age of 45 years young, Anedra has overcome many setbacks to become the leader she is today. Here's one thing she knows for sure: "It's never too late."

From humble beginnings in the small town of Many, Louisiana, Anedra’s family relocated to Tennessee during her later high school years where they lived in campground for about a year. Her father’s job soon provided them with housing through James A. Cayce Homes before her family purchased their own home. She finished up high school and received a scholarship to Tennessee State University for her athletic ability in track. She majored in Biology at TSU and dreamed of becoming a cardiovascular surgeon. But there was something else she wanted, which was to get married and start a family.

She met a man during her college years that she believed to be the one; she was quickly proved wrong. Her partner didn’t support her vision of going to medical school. She put her own hopes and dreams on the back burner in order to support his. She changed her major to Healthcare Administration and Planning at TSU so she could graduate and get married sooner. Life then quickly took a sharp left turn for her.

“I was abused from day one, I was abused for many, many years. At some point, I contemplated suicide because I thought, ‘you know what, this is just not what I wanted for me’ … I just thought, ‘there’s no way out but death.’ I even attempted it, but was unsuccessful. The next day when it was all over and I woke up, I realized that there’s a purpose for me. I needed to find out what that purpose was,” she said.

Eight years into an infernal, miserable marriage, her spouse left her for another woman. “He took everything. The house, the car, the furniture, everything. He filed for divorce, I went home to my parents; I went into a state of depression for about a year. I didn’t leave home, the only time I would get out of bed was to use the bathroom or shower and I wasn’t eating, I really just wanted to die.”

With the support of her family during that year, she eventually picked herself up, dusted off her shoulders, and got back out into the world. “If I had let that thinking, that I had failed, sink in, I would not have been able to rise above that situation. In my mind, I had failed, it was too late, it’s a wrap. But then I realized it’s never too late. It’s never too late to live your best moments. It’s never too late to be your best self. It’s never too late to live your best memories, and that’s what I’m experiencing now.”

Fast-forwarding to today, Anedra has indeed discovered her life’s purpose, which she said is serving others. One way she plans to fulfill this purpose is by opening a community center in her small hometown in Louisiana, which will offer professional development skills, career workshops, and other types of education. “That’s my dream,” she said. She plans to do this in honor of her father, who passed away in 2018, from whom she said she received her “serving heart.”

Anedra is a mother of two adopted children that she said are her “world.” She is projected to graduate from Vol State in December of 2019 and will eventually transfer to Western Kentucky University to continue her studies in Cyber Defense. In the meantime, Anedra will remain at Vol State for another year as she fulfills her second term as the Middle School Career Exploration AmeriCorps VISTA for the college.

-By Rachel Keyes

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