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Senior Achieves Childhood Dream

Some Otterbein students have interests so focused that only two majors will do. And yet, it is that same focus that allows those students to land the perfect job to have the best of both worlds in their careers. Senior Lindsay Paulsen is just such a student.

After Paulsen graduates on Sunday, May 18, she’ll be heading Gaithersburg, Maryland, to take her post as assistant editor for Dressage Today magazine. With a double major in journalism and equine business and facility management, Paulsen is more than prepared for the challenge.

“In this position, I will be editing and writing stories, but also doing a lot of work with social media and corresponding with other equestrian-related companies. Hopefully, I will also get the chance to do a bit of reporting at major dressage shows. I feel very blessed to be able to say that I landed my dream job,” she said.

Paulsen said she has wanted to work for an equine publication since she was in grade school. When looking at colleges, she had to consider the elements that would help her achieve that goal.

“I made it a priority to explore smaller colleges that offered a journalism program, but also an equine program and eventing team. After I saw photos of Otterbein’s brand new Austin E. Knowlton Center, I was sold,” she said. “I also loved how Otterbein was located in a safe, suburban town near the larger city of Columbus and it was one of the few equine schools that was co-ed. I remember stumbling upon Otterbein’s website when I was a junior in high school, and as soon as I found it, I knew that it was where I wanted to go. I was so confident in my decision that it was the only school to which I applied.” 

Paulsen interned with Dressage Today the summer before her junior year, and immediately knew she was up to the challenge. “When I sat down at the intern desk for Dressage Today for the very first time, I was amazed to hear everyone speaking a kind of language that I was already so familiar with. I felt like I could jump right into the conversation, speaking confidently as a journalist, but also as a horsewoman,” she said

One year later, while interning with Practical Horseman magazine, Dressage Today offered her a part-time job, working remotely as an editorial assistant while she completed her senior year of college. She was offered the full-time position in February 2014. 

In addition to academics, Paulsen competed on Otterbein’s Intercollegiate Dressage Association team and Eventing team with her own horse, Kat.

“I have whole-heartedly loved every riding lesson that I have taken at Otterbein,” Paulsen said. “Our coach, Kari Briggs, has been tremendously patient and has an amazing skill for tailoring each of my lessons to perfectly suit the needs of my horse and me. Otterbein's incredible equine facility and top-notch instruction is easily one of the things I will miss most about college,” she said.