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Student Transfers to Otterbein, Discovers Passion

Logan Meddings took her mother’s advice after high school to pursue the nursing profession. That good advice steered Logan to Marion Technical College to begin what would eventually become her life’s work and passion – that of owning her own horse therapy facility and working with autistic children. 

“I attended a health care fair and considered being a physician’s assistant. So I enrolled in pre-nursing classes,” she explained. 

While she wanted to please her mother, she realized that she was ready for the next step in her life. She wanted to experience a different environment from the one she knew growing up on a farm. Logan transferred to Otterbein University in the fall of 2012. 

“I was so excited. I was packed a month before classes began,” she remembers. 

Logan met regularly with Mary Mosca, admission counselor in the Adult and Transfer office while she took classes to prepare for admission to the nursing department. It was during these meetings that Mary discovered Logan had a passion for something other than nursing. 

“I had a friend whose brother was autistic and I enjoyed working with him,” Logan said. Mary helped her declare a major in Allied Health and Logan hasn’t looked back. “I’m getting the college experience I dreamed of,” Logan said. “The coursework is very detailed, but I enjoy everything about this place.” 

As a full-time student at Otterbein, Logan has become immersed in campus life. She’s involved in Up Til Dawn (for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital) and the Special Olympics Club. Last spring, she also pitched and played outfield for the Otterbein women’s softball team. 

Logan is excited about her future. “I want to attend graduate school at Ohio State or Xavier in occupational therapy,” she explains. “My dream is to work with autistic children through animal therapy, and have my own horse therapy business.” 

Logan’s path is similar to many others at Otterbein. Nearly 17 percent of current first-year students are transfer students. Through articulation agreements with numerous two-year institutions, such as Marion Technical College, Otterbein guarantees admission to those with Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degrees and a 2.5 or higher GPA. 

Logan’s advice to others who are considering transferring to Otterbein, “Even if it seems out of reach, if it drives you, do it.” 

To find out more, contact the Office of Adult and Transfer Admission at 614.823.1356 or cardinalinfo@otterbein.edu, or visit www.otterbein.edu/earndegree.