First-generation college student Logan Allen is not afraid to take charge. Whether it’s in the sports she plays, her on-campus jobs or the various programs she’s a part of, Logan loves to lead. “I have always been a leader. Whether I’ve had a specific titled role or not, that’s just who I am as a person,” Logan expressed.
The criminal justice major from Union City, Michigan, first came to The University of Olivet for Scholars’ Day and felt a connection to the college. She knew it was the right fit. “After I left Olivet, all the other schools I visited were like, ‘meh,’ doesn’t seem like the right fit. And I knew that Olivet was somewhere I could see myself, and it was small enough that I could jump in and lead in any way I wanted to and that it wouldn’t be difficult,” Logan said.
When Logan visited for Scholars’ Day, she connected with Professor Regina Armstrong, Ph.D., head of the criminal justice program. From that moment, Logan knew she wanted Dr. Armstrong to be a part of her education. Logan was first a psychology major with a minor in criminal justice. She then switched to a criminal justice major with a minor in psychology. She said, “I saw many opportunities for myself with a criminal justice degree, and Olivet’s criminal justice program is really impressive.”
The Criminal Justice Honor Society (CJHS) is one of the many programs Logan is a part of. When Logan was elected president of CJHS, she wanted to make a positive change. She said, “We sponsored the Relay for Life event during Service Day this year, which had a great turnout, and we’re hosting another event for Spring service day too.”
Aside from CJHS, Logan is a part of the Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI), President’s Leadership Institute (PLI), Global Citizen Honors Program (GCHP) and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and she holds two campus jobs in admissions and athletics. She is also a member of the volleyball and basketball team.
“I think the different roles I’ve taken on throughout campus have challenged my thoughts on what being a leader is and what that means for different situations,” she said. Logan explained how being in PLI has taught her valuable skills, like how to work with other leaders. “I’m going to work with people who are higher leaders than me or in a higher position. Learning how to work in that setting, learning what to do when I’m not necessarily in a specified leadership role, and figuring out how I can still lead in a way I want to while respecting those other leaders within has been helpful,” she continued.
After Logan graduates, it is her dream to work with the FBI. “There are so many things I want to do, but I know whatever career field I end up in, whether it’s the FBI or corrections or whatnot, I won’t ever be stagnant for too long. I will be getting into a field where I can continuously climb,” she said. Currently, Logan is waiting to hear back from law schools and is looking forward to her internship with an Olivet law office specializing in family law.
Being involved on campus has led to many positive relationships for Logan. One of them is with Athletic Director Haley Diringer, J.D. A law school Logan is applying to is the one that AD Diringer attended. Logan said, “She’s been super helpful in my application and reaching out to admissions people at the school. It’s something I don’t think would have happened if I was at a bigger school.”
“Being a Comet has shown me that there are many opportunities for me and that I am capable of doing anything I want. And everyone here is going to help me in the process. I think that comes from professors, coaches, teammates, classmates, everyone all across the campus,” said Logan.
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