A look inside freshman year: Lindsey Slack, University of Missouri

While her friends were debating the relative merits of various University of California campuses late last winter, Sonoma Valley High School senior (now college freshman) Lindsey Slack was sorting through acceptances from a long list of state universities across the Southern and Midwest states.

She narrowed her finalists to Auburn University (Alabama), the University of Alabama and the University of Missouri.

After a whirlwind tour of the campuses, Slack chose Missouri and in the middle of August, she (accompanied by her mother Diane Barker) began her freshman year at the institution fondly known as “Mizzou.”

“Being born and raised in Sonoma, I knew from the beginning that I wanted to study outside of California,” said Slack. “I love to travel, see new areas and college seemed to be a great way to be somewhere new and different.

She was looking for a university with solid values, big sports, a fun and active college town, great academics, students who are passionate about their school and a strong Greek system. Slack quickly realized that the Midwest and the Southern universities had all of those traits, so she narrowed her search to that part of the country. According to Slack, the University of Missouri had it all, including a great nursing program with an enormous teaching hospital right on campus.

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