Cody Logan is one of those rare students who knows exactly where he wants life to take him. After discovering his passion for musical theatre in high school, he set out to find a college with a strong program in that major that “stood out from the crowd and felt real,” he says. Enter Johnson State College.
“The best decision I made was including Johnson in my college search and coming for a visit with my dad,” says Cody. He and his dad received one-on-one attention from Admissions as staff escorted them around campus on a tour that felt “completely unscripted,” he says —- and once they entered Dibden Center for the Arts, he immediately knew he’d be coming back. “I called my mom and told her, ‘I have to come here. This is my college,’” he recalls.
Since Cody’s arrival as a freshman in fall 2014, JSC and the Dibden stage have become his second home. He’s landed starring roles in Bedroom Farce, The Boys Next Door, Guys and Dolls, The Importance of Being Earnest and other productions. Off campus, he’s been cast in Seussical the Musical and The Rocky Horror Picture Show in nearby Stowe – two gigs that kept him on campus at JSC during the summer.
Cody’s enthusiasm, drive and thirst for knowledge have not gone unnoticed by JSC faculty and staff. Theatre Professor Isaac Eddy, a former member of the renowned Blue Man Group, puts it this way: “Cody is the kind of student who brings up the game of everyone in the room. He is focused and curious and truly wants to learn. I believe that this kind of curiosity is the best predictor for success after college.”
It isn’t just Cody’s insatiable curiosity that’s propelling him forward, however. He’s active in campus life – performing with the JSC Dance Club, working as an Admissions tour guide and taking advantage of every opportunity that comes his way. Recently he volunteered to host some promotional videos for JSC and to be in a series of digital ads for the college. “I feel pretty happy to be the face that pops up on people’s phones promoting JSC,” he says matter-of-factly.
As a campus tour guide he sees many parents struggling with the notion of sending their kids off to college. Cody encourages the parents as much as he does prospective students, remembering that not long ago he and his father were in the same position. “I just tell them, ‘if you’re worried about making friends or missing out on an opportunity here, don’t. You’ll have more of both than you can imagine.”