For a long time, Julette Moore thought that she couldn’t go back to school and earn her bachelor’s degree. There were too many “what-ifs.” She was working full-time and raising her daughter, Rheanna, and it didn’t feel possible.
As Rheanna transitioned from middle school to high school, Moore searched for ways to motivate her daughter to take her education seriously. She decided the best way was to go back to school and be a role model.
“I want to show children that education is the key, that they can do this,” says Moore.
She discovered Lesley’s Center for the Adult Learner (LCAL) through an open house event and enrolled.
Not only did she graduate with her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies last month, but she was also awarded Lesley’s 2022 Luke Baldwin Award.
“I feel honored to receive this award, especially knowing what Dr. Luke Baldwin stood for in lifelong learning,” Moore says.
Named for Baldwin, who was an advocate for adult learners, an associate professor, an associate dean for academic affairs and an interim provost, the award is presented each year to one graduating senior enrolled through in LCAL. Recipients each exhibit a passion for lifelong learning and continuous community service.
An educational journey
Originally from Jamaica, Moore immigrated to the United States about 14 years ago with her daughter, sister and her nephew. After arriving, she enrolled at Bunker Hill Community College, where she earned her associate’s degree in Business Administration.
One semester later, Moore came to Lesley, where she felt embraced and supported.
“When I started Lesley,” Moore recalls, “I met so many lecturers and professors that were really hands-on and helpful in terms of helping with your assignments. They truly inspired me to continue.”
Moore’s own college journey has been an inspiration for her daughter, who just completed her freshman year of college. Their mother-daughter relationship has been a tremendous support system for both of them.
“We motivate each other,” Moore says. “We encourage each other to do well. We talk a lot, and we tell each other that ‘you can do this’ or ‘you got this!’”
Moore plans to work with children and motivate them by sharing her educational journey. She hopes to continue her education by getting a Master of Social Work and draws inspiration from the words of Martin Luther King, Jr.: “If I can help somebody as I pass along, then my living will not be in vain.”