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Lindsay Moore
Lindsay Moore University of Cambridge

As a self-described "struggling high school student," Lindsay Moore enrolled in CSM's Concurrent Enrollment Program to earn credits toward her high school diploma. Taking classes at CSM helped her to graduate from high school and form a solid foundation for her future college success. After she graduated from Carlmont High School, Lindsay continued her studies at CSM.

"I was able to explore a myriad of academic interests, talk with professors about my future career goals and could always get help when I needed it. The support network that existed at CSM was incredible - I felt like people genuinely cared about my success as a student," Lindsay explains.

As a full time student, Lindsay maximized her two years at CSM by getting involved in a number of co-curricular activities that enriched her community college experience. By participating in CSM's service learning initiative, CSM Connects, she found a pathway to pursue her passion for public service by getting involved with the campus and the wider community. Lindsay describes, "Through service learning programs, I was able to take my learning outside while making a difference in my community."

She also became a member of student government, serving as a student senator; founded the Beta Xi Eta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, an honor society; and joined other student organizations. These activities not only helped her in obtaining scholarships for transfer but also in building her resume to become a competitive transfer applicant.

In reflecting on the preparation she received at CSM, Lindsay says,"In addition to providing me with the skills necessary for growing into a successful student, CSM allowed me to explore and hone my interests while cultivating my passion for learning. It was one of my professors at CSM who inspired me to pursue a career in psychology and neuroscience research but my classmates and their varied educational backgrounds and personal life stores instilled in me a passion for education policy."

Two years later, Lindsay was accepted as a transfer student to Williams College in Massachusetts, where she earned her bachelor's degree in psychology with a concentration in neuroscience. While attending Williams, she was selected as a visiting scholar at Georgetown University's Center for Clinical Bioethics where she conducted research and was a presenter at the National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference. Backed by the strong foundation she received at CSM and Williams, Lindsay received the Dr. Herchel Smith Fellowship, a full scholarship, to the prestigious University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom to pursue her master's degree. As a graduate student, she is currently serving as a junior associate fellow at the Centre for Science and Policy in Cambridge and plans to apply to law school later this year. Although her scholarly pursuits keep her very busy, somehow she finds the time to play on the varsity women's basketball team!

"The opportunities and experiences I had at CSM most definitely contributed to my acceptance and success at Williams College and now the University of Cambridge." When asked what she would say to prospective CSM students, Lindsay responds, "CSM offers all the resources necessary to help you accomplish your academic and career goals. CSM is a fabulous community college!"