Student Spotlight: Erica
“I think one of the best things about Truman is the constant opportunity to try new things and develop yourself—starting out as a freshman with little experience or perspective, I’ve grown a lot through the variety of possibilities offered here.”
After a long college search process, Truman State University made the top ranks for Erica Lindsay’s undergraduate options. With its high academic standards, low cost for out-of-state students, and vibrant atmosphere, the liberal arts institution seemed like a no-brainer.
Only problem? The 15-hour commute.
Coming from Maryland, Lindsay was a little nervous moving halfway across the country for college. She chose Truman for its reputation and cost but wasn’t sure what to expect when it came to the experience. Stepping on campus her freshman year, however, she was soon greeted by peers, teammates, advisors, and professors.
“I realized pretty quickly that I had nothing to worry about,” Lindsay said. “Everyone here is so welcoming. Even though I was very far from family and friends, I felt at home.”
During that first year at Truman, Lindsay devoted most of her efforts to running track and cross country while trying to figure out her future. After changing her major from business and psychology to communication, she found interest in applying classroom concepts and made it her goal to get more involved.
Becoming a Student Advisor her sophomore year added both challenge and excitement to her busy schedule. While sometimes hectic, she found fulfillment in serving the communities around her while also balancing cross country, academics, and extracurriculars.
“I think one of the best things about Truman is the constant opportunity to try new things and develop yourself,” Lindsay said. “Starting out as a freshman with little experience or perspective, I’ve grown a lot through the variety of possibilities offered here.”
Truman’s culture of rigor and support motivated Lindsay to move past her comfort zone and pursue opportunities within The Index, Advertising and Public Relations Organization, Joseph Baldwin Academy, and even study abroad.
From days full of captivating classes, races, and events, to late-night study sessions, duty rounds, and production nights, Lindsay said she is always being pushed to her fullest potential. With each experience she became more comfortable with her place on Truman’s campus, often forgetting how far she had to come to get here.
“I’ve made so many great connections and lifelong memories,” Lindsay said. “The school really attracts fantastic, passionate people who you want to meet and get to know. I might have been hesitant initially, but I couldn’t imagine going anywhere else for my college journey.”
Lindsay anticipates applying what she has learned here to professional realms and beyond. While at a larger school these possibilities can be more competitive, she described, Truman makes them attainable for all who are willing to put forth the effort.
“Truman gave me so many chances to take risks and follow my interests,” Lindsay said. “I don’t know where I’d be personally or academically without my education here.”