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I am Inspired

Katie Miller was absolutely sure about her major when she came to Otterbein University - she was going to be a pre-dentistry student. But she had no idea that her job in Otterbein’s Center for Student Success would ultimately lead her down an unexpected path.

“When I was a freshman, I was determined to be a dentist. But, after doing some soul-searching and working in the Center for Student Success and having the support of staff there, I am now studying higher education and student affairs at the University of South Carolina,” Katie said.

Otterbein prides itself on being able to provide its students with the personal attention they need to be successful. Katie found an inspiring mentor when she met Kate Lehman, assistant dean for student success.

“Kate is definitely the most inspirational woman that I know. I have learned so much from working in her office, and just being around her,” Katie said. “She puts her heart into every project she is working on, and genuinely cares about each and every student that comes into her office. I wouldn’t have even thought about going into higher education and student affairs without her life-changing and motivational advice and positive influence.”

Katie has had amazing experiences both on and off campus. On campus, she was involved with many volunteer organizations and events, including Up ‘til Dawn, which helps the children and families of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Serving as the executive director of Up ‘til Dawn during her junior year, she helped raise over $20,000 in donations for the hospital.

Off campus, Katie took advantage of the opportunity to study abroad at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. 

“Studying abroad was something that I always wanted to do but that I never really thought I would actually do. It was by far one of the best experiences of my life, and I am so blessed that I was able to spend four months in Europe,” she said. “I learned more about myself and the world than I ever could have imagined. I traveled to 11 different countries, worked on projects with people from all over the world, and became a public transportation master!”

Katie said she was nervous about coming to Otterbein. But, looking back, she said can’t imagine going to any other school.

“There is no doubt that Otterbein has a special charm. In my opinion, it’s the faculty, staff and students that make Otterbein such a wonderful place to call home,” she said. “It’s easy to fall in love with Otterbein, because it is such a friendly, supportive and welcoming campus. It’s easy to volunteer, meet new people and, ultimately, try new things.”

“Without the support from Otterbein, I wouldn’t have studied abroad in the Netherlands or have had the opportunity to intern at The Childhood League Center.”