From Soldier to Coder, UF Grad Reaches Career Goals
Chris Moore’14 admits that it was difficult going to college full-time after his military tour ended, especially as a parent. “It is tough, but not too tough. After getting acclimated to going to school again I was able to set up a good routine for getting my work done and spending time with my family. Having a family and children to provide for was a very good motivator and kept my focus on the end game. It was worth it,” says Moore.
After exploring many career options during his time in the military, he found computer science to be the best fit. With the University of Findlay being located just 30 minutes from his hometown and trusted recommendations pointing to Findlay’s reputation and veteran-friendly services, Moore decided to pursue his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Findlay.
The University of Findlay participates in the Chapter 33-Post 9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2008 and the Yellow Ribbon Program. He indicates the aid he received through his GI Bill and veteran-specific assistance at Findlay helped make his transition into a full-time student much smoother. An advisor was assigned to him who assisted with class registration and verifying his enrollment with the Veteran’s Affairs Office. “It was a pretty smooth process. I would get a statement every semester with my GI Bill remaining benefits and that was that.”
Moore also felt supported and prepared academically through mentorship from Mary Jo Geise, Ph.D., Professor of Computer Science and Co-Chair of the Computer Science Program at Findlay. “She was extremely helpful throughout my undergraduate education and the education I received at Findlay really increased my ability to think critically and creatively. I felt prepared to enter my field with confidence.”
Now a web application developer at Tour De Force Inc., he enjoys creatively solving problems by writing unique code that provides their clients with access to their Customer Relation Management, Salesforce Automation and Business Intelligence Database anytime, anywhere. “It’s very satisfying to complete a challenging project or overcome some challenging obstacle. It feels great accomplishing something that difficult,” says Moore.
When asked if he has any advice for students, especially other veterans and parents, deciding on college, he said, “Whatever you choose make sure you give it your best effort. Think of the future. Doing the minimum will get you a degree, but it won’t make you stand out when you are entering your field. Also, don’t be afraid to change your mind. If you start to feel uncomfortable with your chosen education path don’t dwell on the time you have already dedicated to it. Think of the rest of your life and whether you’ll be happy.”