I am a Believer
Meghan Davis wasn’t sure about her ability to succeed in college. “I wasn’t your typical straight-A student in high school. So, I always thought that the level of achievement I reached in high school would be my potential that I could achieve in college,” she said. But what she came to realize in only her first year at Otterbein University was quite different.
“I’ve amazed myself in how much I have been able to achieve academically,” Meghan said. “When I changed my mindset from ‘I’m not as smart as those other kids’ and began setting goals and expectations for myself, my grades began to skyrocket.”
“That’s what’s so awesome about Otterbein - if you want to reach a goal academically, there are so many people here that will be rooting for you and ready to help you out, so that you can succeed.”
Meghan didn’t just overcome her doubts about her academic ability during her first year at Otterbein, she overcame personal tragedy as well. Meghan’s mom passed away early in her first semester. Through the devastation, Meghan felt support from many at Otterbein.
“It was the worst possible thing that I thought could ever happen to me, but it was such a pivotal moment for me here at Otterbein, because it was the moment when I knew with 100 percent confidence that I had come to the right school,” Meghan remembers. “I received texts from my RA (resident assistant), RAs I didn’t even know, my ADRL (assistant director of residence life), a call from Dean (Bob) Gatti, emails from my managers at the Admission office, letters from professors and the Department of Education, and just more than I even thought imaginable.”
“At Otterbein University, you are definitely more than just a number. The people actually care. There are so many people here to support you, and I just think that’s an amazing thing and what makes Otterbein such a hidden gem.”
With a strong faith and surrounded by support, Meghan completed her first year at Otterbein. She started her education classes and had two field placements. During the summer of 2013, she traveled to Uganda with education professors Adele Weiss and Diane Ross for a month to provide educational resources to an underserved village. And she has gotten involved on campus.
“I’ve participated in a variety of activities throughout the year. Some have included America Reads, UBUNTU Mentoring, Shades of Success, Achieve Maximum Potential Mentorship Program, Otterbein Christian Fellowship, Fuel, Discipleship, Bible Study, and ALD/PES Honor Society.”
From her experiences, Meghan has a lot of advice for students looking at Otterbein.
“Don’t be afraid to try new things to get you to the place of reaching your full potential. You don’t have to let your past and what other people in high school called you define who you are,” Meghan said. “Believing that you can do something is a pivotal first step, but there is some effort that you will have to put into it. But, when you get to that end result, with your diploma in hand in four years, you’ll be so satisfied.”