Hometown: Portmore, St. Catherine, Jamaica
Major: Meteorology - Operational track
WCSU Degree: Bachelor of Science, Meteorology
Activities: Kathwari Honors Program, International Students Club, Meteorology Club, School of Arts and Sciences Dean's Circle, Weather Center volunteer, Refuge Temple Church of God member; Internship: WTNH News 8; part-time work as Information Technology and Innovation (ITI) Computer Center Assistant (2015-present), ITI Student Training Specialist (2014-present), tutor in calculus, mathematics and meteorology (2013-15)
Honors and Awards: Dean’s List (Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013), Alumni Scholarship recipient, Dr. Mel Goldstein Scholarship in Meteorology, Jonathan D. Mottley Memorial Scholarship, Macricostas Family Scholarship, graduating cum laude
Gail Murray has wanted to become a meteorologist since the age of 10. "The reason for pursuing this career path is because I have always been fascinated with the weather and the dynamics of it," she says. "I want to give society this valuable information on a day-to-day basis to ensure that they have a pleasant day and will be able to keep themselves safe. In addition, for most of my school life, I have been engaged in many scientific classes and events. I am always elated to do, practice and help in any scientific expositions. I decided to venture into the field of meteorology because it is a branch of science that involves not only helping people on a daily basis, but also provides the opportunity to take part in different aspects of science and the scientific world."
"The reason I chose to study here at WCSU is because a degree in Meteorology is not offered in my home country, Jamaica," Murray says. "When I researched WCSU, the meteorology program was very good. Also, it was close to my family in Connecticut."
Murray says she has had a few university members who have mentored her in various ways. "They have helped me to understand both the spiritual, educational and financial aspect of going through college. Many times I became downtrodden, knowing that my tuition was hanging in the balance, but they have helped me to see that there is hope. I just have to believe."
Asked what she will remember most about her Western experience, Murray says, "When I was awarded the Alumni Association Scholarship in 2015, I was so happy and motivated to move on in school despite my financial difficulties. I was pleased to share the award reception with my Pastor, Bishop Courtney Williams, Ms. Dianne Patterson, her daughters and Ms. Yvonne Kerridge. The names listed are a few of the people who have taken me into their families as a member and I am truly grateful. Also, I am including my Aunt Olga McDermott and my mom Maxine Murray (May her soul rest in peace) who were not able attend, but are very important to me."
After graduation, Murray plans to seek jobs within her field before continuing her education. "Within two to three years, I will be working on my master’s."
Murray’s advice to new students entering WCSU is: "Never give up no matter what financial, social or educational trial you face as you journey through your life at Western. Also, ensure that you create bonds and ask questions no matter how simple you may think they are; they are all important. Finally, just remember that all hard work will overcome any difficulties."