Peter Moore speech

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Syracuse University | Justine Polonski

April 19, 2015

OSWEGO, N.Y. – Deciding what you want to do with your life is not something you do overnight, said Syracuse University’s Director of Athletic Communications Peter Moore.

“Don’t ever put pressure on yourself that tomorrow by 9:25 you have to know what you want to be,” Moore said.

Moore spoke to a journalism class consisting of mostly seniors and juniors on Thursday at SUNY Oswego and provided them with some advice for the future.

Describing his own experiences, Moore said when people ask the typical ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ question, it “can pack a lot of pressure depending on how you take it in.”

Moore talked about how people try to plan for the future and how that is not necessarily bad, however he stressed that it really is best to take things one day at a time.

“Here’s another example of why you can’t look ahead and see exactly what’s going to happen… Things change,” Moore said.

Moore cited an example from his own life of leaving Ithaca College to become a part of the staff of Syracuse University as one of the times when he could not have foreseen a change.

“Ithaca wasn’t the same and this was going to be something different,” Moore said.

Moore also spoke about how he got to where he is today. He spent most of his life preparing for his current position at Syracuse.

Moore was a physical education major with a minor in radio/television.

“What I ended up doing in school was great prep for what I am doing now,” Moore said about his experiences at Ashland College.

Moore knew he wanted to coach high school basketball, so he would need a teaching degree. While at Ashland, he wrote part time for the local paper and was a junior varsity basketball coach.

After graduation, Ashland hired Moore as an assistant coach, but after a stint he decided to make his way to Kansas to be the director of college relations.

“Kansas was like a foreign land,” Moore said. “The people were going 30 mph and I was going 60 mph, and I mean that in regards to their driving and personalities.”

After leaving the ‘foreign country’ that was Kansas, Moore spent a successful period of time at Ithaca before ending up in his current position at Syracuse. When he got the job at Ithaca, he thought that was the place he’d be for good. But, things changed, and he started looking for a job again. He was offered the spot at Syracuse and he decided that was where he wanted to go next.

“I decided to take it, and the job rejuvenated me. I love it,” Moore said.

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