Lindsey Austin Hi, I'm Lindsey Austin from Cross Plains, Tennessee and I'm one! I'm one of Tennessee's best.

I graduated in 2007 from East Robertson High School and came to Middle Tennessee State University to study public relations. I chose MTSU because of the reputation of its College of Mass Communication. Because of the College's outstanding reputation and the fact that it offered the major I was most interested in studying, it just made sense to attend MTSU. Everyone I talked to about mass communication talked about MTSU in the same breath. For me, the decision was simple.

I also received an academic service scholarship which really helped make my decision that much easier. I had already applied here and been accepted but when I learned I was going to be receiving such a significant scholarship to help fund my education, everything just fell into place.

CUSTOMS was my first real experience on campus and I enjoyed it. It was raining during much of the time we were here, but I still learned a great deal. It was very helpful to be walked through everything by students who had already done it all. They helped make getting acclimated to campus that much easier for me and the others in my group.

My first year on campus, I lived in Gracie Hall. I liked living there, but would have much preferred living in one of the residence halls which cater specifically to freshman students. I think I would have got so much more out of my first year on campus if I was living with other freshmen. But it was a good experience and I learned how to live on campus fairly quickly. Living in the residence halls also helped me to adjust to being away from home. I really didn't know anyone on campus. All my friends and family were back home so it was a little bit harder for me to adjust to campus life than perhaps for other students. But then I met some people who lived in Corlew (one of the all first-year residence halls), and it completely turned my life around. My first semester, I went home every single weekend. My second semester, I got involved on campus through my new friends and I have never looked back.

One of the best things I did was to go Greek. I joined my sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I also became a part of the Rowdy Raiders and spent a lot of time at football games, cheering on the Blue Raiders. They are so much fun! I also became a Raider Rep, one of the official campus tour guides. I get a chance to talk to prospective students and their families about what a great place MTSU is and answer all their questions from a student perspective. I really enjoy the fact that what I say to a student could make a difference as to whether he or she attends MTSU the following fall. I try to say something on each of the tours I give that will make someone want to come to MTSU above any other school they might be considering.

One of the best parts about being a Raider Rep is the opportunity to talk with students one-on-one and answer their questions about Middle Tennessee. Most of them want to know about parking on campus, followed closely by what it is really like to be a Blue Raider. I always tell them about my personal experience, being careful not to generalize or give a false impression about MTSU or campus life. I tell them about my great experience in the College of Mass Communication, the incredible Rec Center and its recent renovation, and I make sure to talk to parents on the tour, too. I try to answer questions my parents had when we first visited campus.

When I first came to campus, I thought it was huge. I could not imagine finding my way around or ever seeing the same person twice. But after just a few days on campus, I realized that was just not the case. Campus started to feel smaller and smaller as I learned my way around and started seeing the same friendly faces each day. We might be big in size, but MTSU really does feel like a small school once you are on campus.

Attending MTSU was one of the best decisions I ever made. I love my major, am learning new concepts every day, and have met some people who will be my friends for the rest of my life. So come join me at Middle Tennessee State University. Be one of Tennessee's best. Just like me, you'll be glad you did.