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Colin Batten


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Hello, my name is Colin Batten. I am a freshman at The Ohio State University through their Transitions Options in Post-secondary Settings (TOPS) Program. Once I am certified through the TOPS program, I plan on working towards obtaining a bachelor’s degree. Go Bucks!! I am an avid soccer player and fan.


Ohio State University-Main Campus

Bachelor's degree program
2023 - 2027

Northmont Senior High School

High School
2019 - 2023


  • Desired degree level:

    Bachelor's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Social Sciences, General
    • Animal Sciences
    • Sports, Kinesiology, and Physical Education/Fitness
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Recreational Facilities and Services

    • Dream career goals:

    • Internship

      Jessie Owens Recreational Center at The Ohio State University
      2024 – Present6 months
    • Lifeguard

      Melody Swim Club
      2021 – 2021



    2009 – 202213 years


    • Scholar Athlete all four years of high school


    2023 – Present1 year


    2008 – 202214 years

    Cross-Country Running

    Junior Varsity
    2016 – 20193 years

    Cross-Country Running

    Junior Varsity
    2017 – 20192 years


    2023 – Present1 year


    • Choir

      2017 – 2019

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Buckeye Buddies OSU — I am a mentor to people with disabilities. We are currently running a basketball tournament.
      2024 – Present
    • Volunteering

      MLK Jr. Day of Service — Our group spent the day making dog toys for a local animal shelter in Columbus, Ohio
      2024 – Present
    • Advocacy

      Block O at OSU - 3x3 Basketball Tournament — participant/fund raiser
      2024 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Rally Caps Sports — Volunteered at a basketball camp for children 5 and older
      2024 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Northmont High School — Helper
      2020 – 2020
    • Advocacy

      Making Strides – Breast Cancer Awareness — walker/fund raiser
      2013 – Present
    • Advocacy

      ALS Association – Central and Southern Ohio Chapter — walker/fund raiser
      2015 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Buckeyes for Baking — Participant/baker
      2023 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Clean Up Columbus — Participant
      2023 – Present
    • Volunteering

      Pay It Forward — Participant
      2023 – Present
    • Advocacy

      Northmont High School — participant
      2016 – 2016

    Future Interests




    Cat Zingano Overcoming Loss Scholarship
    Where do I even start? This is not something I want to be doing but something that I need to say. It's officially been over month since you were ripped away from us with no reason. Words cannot describe what your family and my family, especially my brother have been going through in this time frame. I recently lost my future sister-in-law to a careless auto accident. Makenna Johnson just graduated college with her associate’s degree on a Friday and killed on the way to work the following Tuesday. A distracted driver crossed TWO LANES of pavement before contacting Makenna's vehicle, ultimately taking her life. She had countless years of memories and joy ahead of her, but a careless act of another selfish human being took that all away from not only her but all of us around her. I was born developmentally delayed which was caused by a diminutive pituitary gland, short corpus callosum, and delayed myelination in my brain as determined by an MRI when I was two years old. Well, even though I have an intellectual disability, I am not disabled. I like to call myself differently abled. Growing up with a learning disability presented its own set of hurdles, yet it also gave me a great determination to confront expectations and pursue a college degree. Growing up with a learning disability presented its own set of hurdles, yet it also gave me a great determination to confront expectations. From a young age, I struggled with understanding material at the same pace as my classmates, often feeling frustrated and discouraged. However, this adversity fueled a fire within me to prove that my learning disability did not define what I could do. Makenna was always there for me with words of encouragement or just making me laugh when I was feeling down. She treated me like her little brother which really meant a lot since I don’t have a sister. I want to thank her for showing me what having a sister is like. Makenna was one of the most influential people for me in my entire life. She was going to be the future mother of my nieces and nephews. A future businesswomen just started her journey towards real estate and insurance after graduating college herself. I don't think I will ever truly get over what happened 05/07/2024. It will always be stuck in my head. No matter how hard the days get, I’ll continue to live for you because that is what you would have wanted. I am very blessed to have the time with Makenna that I did. I have two goals for the future. One of my goals as I get older is to fight against ableism. Ableism is discriminating against someone because of their disability, which can take many forms. Ableism can also be bullying, isolation, or refusal to provide a student with disability accommodations. I have experienced ableism during my time in school. Combating ableism is a difficult thing that people with disabilities do literally every day. I hope with my career path I can help fight ableism for people with disabilities. My second goal involves getting the word out about distracted driving. Makenna was involved in going to amateur car shows with my brother. Now that she is gone, I will be going to the car shows, wearing my Makenna memorial shirt and spreading the word about paying attention on the road. Please stay focused on the road when driving even the smallest distance. Nobody should have to go through what myself, my family and Makenna’s family are feeling... Drive safe.
    1989 (Taylor's Version) Fan Scholarship
    I was born developmentally delayed which was caused by a diminutive pituitary gland, short corpus callosum, and delayed myelination in my brain as determined by an MRI when I was two years old. Growing up with a learning disability presented its own set of hurdles, yet it also gave me a great determination to confront expectations, just like in Taylor Swift's "1989" album. I think Taylor Swift's "1989" album is full of songs that capture different emotions and experiences. I am going to map out my year using some of the songs from the album. For January, I would pick "Welcome to New York," it reminds me of starting off the year with excitement and anticipation, while embracing new beginnings and adventures. For February, of course Valentine’s Day, I think of "Style," always in the mood for something romantic, while enjoying the moments with someone special. Turning to March, I think of "Clean." March is the beginning of spring, so I feel like it’s a month of renewal and growth, while putting away winter clothes, shedding old habits and embracing a fresh start. Of course April brings "Out of the Woods." While navigating through uncertainties and challenges, we get a feeling a sense of exhilaration as we emerge from difficult times. May brings my favorite, "Wildest Dreams." This song reminds me to dream big and to indulge in fantasies. In May as the day grow longer and warmer, it makes me feel like anything is possible Turning to a fast track and summer, of course "Shake It Off" is the song for June. This song embraces positivity and resilience. Listening to this song, I want to shake off any negativity and dance through any obstacles that come my way. July is a time of change, while celebrating the 4th of July, you realize fall and school is right around the corner, so my choice for July is "Bad Blood." It’s a time of reflection and maybe even a little confrontation. While still embracing the freedom of summer before school starts, for August I choose "Blank Space." Talking to GQ in 2015, Taylor Swift said that she envisioned "Blank Space" to be a satirical self-referential nod to the media perception of her image as "a girl who's crazy but seductive but glamorous but nuts but manipulative". This is how I feel about August …. It is crazy. As summer fades into fall, and we start to reflect on deep connections and meaningful relationships, September song choice is obviously, "This Love. " This song reminds me to cherish the bonds that sustain me. For October, I choose "I Know Places." While listening to this song, I feel a sense of urgency and adventure to help me chase after my goals. I know that success is within reach. Come November, it’s the start of the holiday season, so to embrace the magic of the season, of course… "Wonderland." Sometimes during the holiday you need to navigate through the ups and downs of life. Closing out the year in December, with a sense of optimism and celebration, it’s time for - "New Romantics.” Get ready to embark on new adventures and make memories that will last a lifetime. Just like each song on Taylor’s 1989 album, I hope my journey exemplifies resilience, determination, and a commitment to academic excellence. Despite facing numerous setbacks, I refused to let my challenges direct my future.