Logan Shirley Has a “Good Run” at UMO

Logan Shirley Has a “Good Run” at UMO

MOUNT OLIVE- Logan Shirley of Johnston County is gearing up to graduate from the University of Mount Olive on December 19. As she looks forward to achieving her degree, Shirley is thankful for the lifelong friendships and the remarkable mentors that she made along the way.

Shirley graduated from North Johnston High School in 2011 and knew that she wanted to attend a university that would offer small class sizes and continue her love for running cross-country and track.

“I am from a small town, so UMO made me feel comfortable,” said Shirley. “Location was also a factor. I did not want to be too far away from home, so Mount Olive was the perfect location!”

Shirley initially majored in biology, but felt that it was not the right fit for her future ambitions. After researching her options at UMO, she decided to switch her major to exercise science.

“Biology just wasn’t what I pictured at all,” recalled Shirley. “Reality hit, and I realized that I didn’t want to do something I did not enjoy. So, I made the decision to switch majors. It was a great decision, and I thoroughly enjoyed each of my classes. I actually wanted to learn and study for the tests!”

Not only did she enjoy her classes, but also Shirley enjoyed the insight and advice from her exercise science professors. “The professors that helped me most for my future career are Coach Kylis and Dr. Deaton. They have both worked with cardiac rehab, which is what I intend to do, so I look to them for advice.”

Outside of the classroom, Shirley has been busy juggling athletics and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). She competed four years on the Trojan cross-country and track and field teams and contributed to numerous Conference Carolinas championship wins.

“Being a member of the cross country and track team was one of the most rewarding things I could have done during my time at UMO. I met some of the best friends anyone could image through the team,” smiled Shirley. “From competing in collegiate athletics, I learned how important it is to work as a team, which I will carry into my future. Also, being a member of SAAC allowed me to participate with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and I even had the chance to travel to Indianapolis to participate in a leadership conference at the NCAA headquarters.”

Now, in her last semester of college, Shirley is finishing up her senior internship at CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern. She works with a variety of patients that have had heart attacks or open-heart surgeries and those that are battling lung cancer. Her work consists of writing exercise prescriptions and calculating metabolic equations.

In the future Shirley plans on becoming a certified clinical exercise physiologist and continuing to work with cardio/pulmonary rehab. In the meantime, Shirley is soaking up her last semester at UMO and cherishing the memories that she has made.

“UMO transformed my life by placing so many great people in my path that I couldn’t have possibly met anywhere else. I will have lifelong friendships with so many people, and for that I am very thankful,” concluded Shirley.

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College.  For more information, visit old.umo.edu.