Maxwell Moody

December 18, 2019

Three months in Antarctica gave Maxwell Moody ’17 a new perspective about life on the planet.

“It made me more aware of all the resources that I use in everyday life and influenced me to live a more minimalist lifestyle,” he explained.

Moody worked at the McMurdo Station in Antarctica in 2018 as part of his job as a mobile calibration technician. The company he works for secured a contract with the United States Antarctic Program, which falls under the National Science Foundation. He spent his days testing high-precision instruments used in research. His job was to help bring the level of uncertainty, which is the chance that research being presented as true is actually false due to faulty equipment, as close to zero as possible.

“I took my job seriously and made sure I did everything I could do to make sure all the impacts I made were positive ones,” he said. “Every job is important, no matter how big or small.”

Moody is grateful for the opportunity to have lived in one of the most beautiful places on the planet.

“I am extremely lucky that I got to go on such an amazing journey,” he said. “The community at McMurdo Station is amazing, very supportive and everyone is treated as equals. From the janitor to the lead research facilitator, everyone works toward the same goal, which is to enjoy and preserve an important piece of our planet that is melting more and more by the day.”

Moody worked for an accounting firm after graduating from UNCW in 2017. He soon realized that although he loved learning about accounting while a student at Cameron School of Business, working in an office wasn't for him. Moody left the accounting field thanks to a former college roommate and fraternity brother.

“He pointed me in the right direction after I left my accounting job, and it was one of the best things that happened to me,” said Moody, who is ready for his next adventure – hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. “That is my 2020 goal, to finish the trail, start to end.”

-- Venita Jenkins