MOUNT OLIVE – Lindsey Stanley of Fayetteville graduated from University of Mount Olive in December 2012. She created many great memories at the College, and accomplished more than she ever thought possible. Now that her journey at MOC has ended, Stanley is ready to move towards her next big goal—graduate school. She was recently accepted to Ohio State, Auburn University’s Schools of Veterinary Medicine, and North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Stanley has decided to attend NCSU, and is confident that the foundation she received as a student at MOC will help her succeed.
Stanley, now 22, knew she wanted to attend MOC at a young age. “In 2004, I watched from the sidelines as my older sister became part of the season and conference-winning women’s soccer team at University of Mount Olive,” said Stanley. “As younger sisters do, I looked up to her and wanted nothing more than to follow in her footsteps and play soccer at the collegiate level.”
Stanley did follow in her sisters footsteps years later when she became a member of the women’s soccer team and an exemplary student at MOC. Her former advisor, Dr. David Dommer, assistant professor of biology, had nothing but positive things to say about her. “Lindsey was one of the hardest working and dedicated students not only in the Department of Biological and Physical Sciences, but at University of Mount Olive as a whole,” stated Dommer.
“As a four-year starting varsity soccer player, college marshall, honor student, award winning researcher (Derieux award for research excellence from the Collegiate Academy of the North Carolina Academy of Science), and peer mentor to her players and our students, Lindsey exemplifies excellence in every walk of life. Her acceptance to Auburn’s School of Veterinary Medicine is something I know she is immensely proud of, and I was blessed daily to take any part in her formal education,” Dommer added.
As an MOC alumna, Stanley feels that she is well prepared for graduate school. “University of Mount Olive provided the supportive structure that allowed me to grow up, figure out what I wanted in life, and achieve my personal and professional goals. I made lifelong friends and was able to discover more about how far I could push myself, and how determined I could become when faced with challenges or adversity in any form, while still holding fast to my goals, values, and beliefs.”
Stanley is looking forward to conquering the challenges she will face as a graduate student. “I am hoping to learn anything and everything that I need to know in order to be a successful veterinarian when I graduate. I also hope to be continuously pushed and molded into a medical professional that is well rounded and passionate about the care of animals.”
Stanley has come a long way from the little girl watching her sister from the sidelines, but she still has her eye on the prize. “I really cannot put into words how excited I am to finally be pursuing my dreams. It all feels very surreal still. I guess it hasn’t really “hit me yet,” but I’m sure it will all become far too real when I have my first test!”
University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The College, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville. For more information, visit www.moc.edu.