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Spencer Gardner - Future Scientist

Spencer Gardner is well on his way to a career in science after getting a solid head start at Columbus State.

Spencer is studying biomedical engineering at Ohio State University after starting at Columbus State. Thousands of students start their college careers at Columbus State, then transfer to a four-year school to finish their bachelor's degrees.

Spencer prepared for his Ohio State research by working on his own projects. He monitored pollutants in the saltwater aquarium in the Center for Teaching and Learning and studied the effect of different chemicals on corn growth.

Columbus State's professors and staff always made time for Spencer and his classmates. "They really are mentors; they really care about us."

Spencer was also a peer tutor, student ambassador and basketball player at Columbus State. He served as a Supplemental Instruction leader, running a study group for Biology class. He plans to get involved at Ohio State, and notes that the tight-knit community he had at Columbus State encouraged him to find a similar community at his new, larger school.

Students who plan to transfer to Ohio State can join the Preferred Pathway®, which provides a dedicated "pre-major" for their Ohio State major. The pre-major allows students to take only the classes they need for their degree, and pre-majors have been established in dozens of hot fields. Some students may qualify for Preferred Pathway® scholarships (Spencer received a scholarship under a separate program called Future Scientists of Ohio.)

"I figured free college was better than debt any day," says Spencer.

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