Five Under Five: Shannon Mosier ’12

May 16 2017
Category: Alumni

Our “Five Under Five” series features a question and answer session with an Elmira alumnus who graduated within the last five years. 

Today, meet Shannon Mosier who graduated Elmira with the Astonishing Class of 2012 with a bachelor of science in criminal justice and human services and in 2014 earned her master of science in emergency disaster management. Shannon currently lives in Painted Post, New York and is working as the IT Helpdesk Manager for Corning Community College.

Shannon Mosier

1. What is your fondest memory of your time at Elmira?
The people, not only my friends and the memories we made together, but the bonds I made with faculty, staff, and administrators. I have kept in touch with many of them. As for my favorite memory with my friends it is all of freshmen year. It was everything from late night study group sessions to learning the trick of doing laundry at 1:00 a.m., so that you can use all of the washers and dryers. I also love Holiday Banquet because it is just fun being around the entire college community and singing.

2. What is the most valuable lesson you learned in or out of the classroom at Elmira?
Be kind and honest. You never know who you are about to influence. Being a Gold Key, I never tried to hide anything and was very honest with all my tour groups. They thanked me for it in the end because they had a real perspective on life at Elmira College, In fact, everyone I had on a tour ended up attending.

3. How did your experience at Elmira impact your passions in your career and who you are today?
Elmira College helped to launch my career in information technology. I was never a technology person, but my first week home from undergrad, I received an email from my advisor who said they had a position open at Elmira College that they thought I would excel at. I set up an interview and was offered the position in IT as a graduate assistant. It was the best position and great move for me. I have learned a lot about what I can do and have gained many skills that have transferred to my other jobs.

4. What advice do you have for current undergrads or students considering attending Elmira?
Don't worry. Try to remember that it’s okay if at the end of your four years you still do not know what you want in life. I had a great plan senior year of college and then I decided it was not for me. Don't feel like you need to know what you want at 18. In time, you will see what you like and want to do. Never feel ashamed of going to school for something and then not ending up in that field right away. Even four years out, some of my fellow classmates are deciding what path is the best fit for them. It takes time and in the end what you are meant to do will happen for you.

5. What is the best thing about being an Elmira alum?
Everything! I love the memories and all the songs. My husband can't stand hearing all the songs because I keep singing them. And knowing that whenever I come back on campus it still feels like home.