Reclaiming her destiny

Missinda Moss overcomes obstacles to start a fulfilling career

Missinda Moss has had several labels placed on her over the years. She spent her early years coping with abuse and life in several group homes. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2012. She suffers from a rare form of narcolepsy, a condition causing sporadic and extreme sleepiness. The single mother of three also copes with agoraphobia, a complex panic disorder involving a fear of being helpless or unable to escape – usually in a public setting.

But you won’t hear Moss making any excuses.

“Everybody has obstacles in their lives, big or small,” she says. “We can’t let those obstacles determine what we allow the future to be. I refuse to sit back and be a label or a victim.”

MessindaIn 2010, Moss took control of her own destiny. She had been told for years by her then-boyfriend that she “wasn’t strong enough” to continue her education and should put her dreams on hold. Eventually, she terminated the relationship and began researching her options.

Moss carefully considered her options and chose Ivy Tech Community College for its affordability, close proximity to her home, and degree programs. As a student, she discovered some other benefits to attending Ivy Tech, including small class sizes and caring professors.

“My professors were never afraid to take me aside and reassure me that I can do this,” says Moss. “They’re more than happy to help students be successful.”

This support system was critical because Moss was not only the first in her family to attend college but the first to even graduate from high school. Inspired, after years of being told she should just give up, she kept moving forward. Moss earned academic honors, joined the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, and participated in the Campus Activities Board and the Student Leadership Academy.

At long last, her persistence paid off: she earned an associate degree in architectural design technology, a growing field aligned with her interests.

“I’ve always been fascinated with houses, and I thought it would be really neat to design a house in 3-D, allowing people to take a tour of the house virtually before they even see it in person,” explains Moss. “Ivy Tech’s design technology program was a really good fit for that passion.”

Moss also parlayed her degree into a Building Information Modeling (BIM) position at Symphony Consulting and Management, an electrical contractor in Muncie. It’s a long way from where she once was and representative of just how far she’s come.

“Nearly everyone in my life has told me I shouldn’t be where I am right now,” Moss says. “I can’t let that control what I do day-to-day. I’ve accomplished something. In spite of all the obstacles, I earned a great education, and I’m working in a field that excites me.”

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