Hometown: Fargo, Okla.
Goals: Amanda Moyer plans to become a doctor and hopes to make a discovery that will lead to a better quality of life for those living with an autoimmune disease. Her own personal life experience has made her truly passionate and curious about the subject.
Moyer says she is very determined and classifies herself as “kinda nerdy” but adds that she is OK with that. She also describes herself as curious, empathetic and passionate about life.
”I consider myself a leader and usually find myself in charge or very involved,” she says. “I am a perfectionist, and if I take the time to do something, I will do it to the best of my abilities. I find it almost impossible to do something only halfway. I am going to be very blessed to live to work, not to work to live. If you can make it in a career that you love, happiness will follow. I love life!”
Moyer has been interested in science for as long as she can remember, but a recent summer internship with the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in Oklahoma City allowed her to broaden her horizons and even make some discoveries of her own. To read more about her summer internship, please read the article titled Senior biology student clones DNA as part of summer internship program
Movie: 300, Boondock Saints
TV Show: The Daily Show, Colbert Report, Family Guy, Scrubs
Actor/Actress: Johnny Depp
Book: Harry Potter series, anything by Dave Berry
Type of Music: Red Dirt
Group/Singer: Too many to name – Wade Bowen, Casey Donahew, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Lucero, Josh Abbott, Eli Young, Roger Creager, Stoney LaRue, Reckless Kelly, Mike McClure
Drink: Sparkling Strawberry Kiwi Green Tea
Food: Unique Salads (I know, kinda weird). I love wine, coffee and dark chocolate.
Pet: I have enough trouble just taking care of myself at this point.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
“Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:30-31
“Do not remember the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall you know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” – Isaiah 43:18-19
Q & A with Amanda:
Q: Why did you choose to earn your degree at Northwestern?
A: NWOSU is fulfilling my educational needs. I have many opportunities to advance my knowledge. The science professors are wonderful and will do anything to help you. At NWOSU I have a professor teaching all my science courses, not a TA. I have made many wonderful friends here as well. I would recommend (and do) NWOSU to anyone.
Q: What are some of the things you’re glad you learned in your Ranger Connection class that you took as a freshman?
A: Ranger Connection helped me find out where I needed to go to do everything or to find the right people to talk to. Also, I use a lot of the facts I learned about NWOSU when I give tours for NSA. For someone who is not so outgoing, I think Ranger Connection helps them get out there and meet new people.
Q: What does “Being a Ranger” mean to you?
A: It means that I am part of an elite group of people. From the faculty to the administration, NWOSU is dedicated to teaching students what they need for life success. I take extreme pride in being a Ranger.
Q: What is your favorite class or subject in and out of your major field of study and why?
A: I have to name three. I loved Readings in Biology, the Fundamentals of Art and Cell Molecular Biology. I enjoyed the lively discussions we held during Readings in Biology. Listening to the different analyses and points of view was very enlightening. I enjoyed taking the Fundamentals of Art because I love to draw. Drawing is something I have trouble making time (for) between all the sciences courses. It was nice to have to make time to do something I love, receive credit for it and enhance my skills. Cell Molecular Biology was a difficult class. Although difficult is NOT usually my idea of fun, I found it very interesting. It was the first class I took that really started to tie all my biology classes together. We also learned about a lot of very recent discoveries which was very interesting.