James Steven Moore, a Benson native, just completed his B.S. in Fire and Emergency Services Administration with a Minor in Public Administration. He is a proud Fayetteville State University (FSU) graduate and credits FSU's Bronco STAR program with helping him stay the course. Diagnosed with ADHD, ADD and social anxiety, Moore struggled with focusing on his assignments and getting them completed. Over time, he was able to identify various techniques that helped him. "In order to be able to concentrate, I had to do things such as use fidget toys and/or listen to music," says Moore. Moore says that he has learned to limit his distractions and push them out of his mind. These coping methods also helped him with his timed tests.
A major part of Moore's educational growth is due to the Bronco STAR program. Moore expressed his sincere gratitude for the Bronco STAR program:
"Wow, with Bronco STAR, I don't know where to begin! Bronco STAR has just been such an awesome program! The staff has been very supportive and encouraging. They have been there to offer help when I needed it, including assistive technology such as recorders so that I could record my lectures and transcribe them at a later date. I discovered Bronco STAR my last year at FSU and became a part of it. However, I wish I could have been a part of it sooner. Bronco STAR has made my last year at FSU a fun and enjoyable year! I did better due to the fact that I knew I had that support system out there for me. This semester, I served as an Eye to Eye mentor at Reid Ross and I was excited to learn that there are in fact others out there that are like me!"
Moore encourages other students to not feel ashamed of their learning differences (LD). He says students should embrace their LD. "We are not different, we just learn in different ways! Our LDs make us unique, they cause us to push to be better and more creative thinkers," says Moore. He says students shouldn't worry about people laughing or making fun of them. Instead, they should use that negative energy to prove them all wrong by being a great success.
James S. Moore plans to obtain a job in the fire and emergency services field as an emergency services director with the state or with a county or municipality. He is also open to being a fire chief or officer. One of Moore's favorite quotes: "I was one of the 'puzzle children' myself, a dyslexic, and I still have a hard time reading today. Accept the fact that you have a problem. Refuse to feel sorry for yourself. You have a challenge; never quit!" - Nelson Rockefeller. Moore is living proof of what can happen if you keep pushing toward your goals.
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