Graduate School

Logan Barefoot: Giving Back with Giving Her All



Hometown: Overland Park, Kansas

Age: 23

Major: Child Development & Family Relations (CDFR; Now HDFS - Human Development and Family Science),
MS with a Certification in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Undergraduate Education: BS, Family Studies & Human Services, Kansas State University, 2013

It started with one little boy, a child from an abusive home that touched Logan Barefoot’s heart. She made it her goal to help not only him, but also others by pursuing a degree in child development and using her talents to put others before herself. She is as passionate about her field of study as she is compassionate about people. Her energy is contagious. Her focus is sharp. And it’s clear that this Child Development & Family Relations graduate student will make a difference in the lives of many.
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How did you choose your area of graduate study?

Summer 2012, I worked with a child who I quickly realized was being badly abused at home. After making it my goal to play an influential role in his life, he ended up changing mine. I decided to pursue a graduate degree that would help me understand child development as it affects all aspects of a family model and haven’t looked back since!

What do you find most challenging/rewarding about your graduate school experience?

The most challenging parts are also the most rewarding. Being able to take one specific topic, which initially appears to have very black and white concepts, and see it out of a hundred different lenses is certainly the most mentally strenuous thing I have ever done. However, through these multifaceted viewpoints, I’ve gained the ability to scrutinize any situation that relates to human behavior and understand the foundation of it from a child development perspective.

What is cool about your area of study and why should people care about it?

It never ceases to amaze me that the time period we can’t recall as babies ends up playing the most influential role in our lives as adults. The careers we pursue, the way we individually handle conflict, even the way we show love to our friends — it all can be attributed back to our childhood and the ways we were cared for by our parent(s) or caregiver(s).

Tell us about any academic awards/recognitions/publications you may have achieved:

I received nomination from the Human Services Program at Kansas State University as one of “Human Ecology’s 2013 Outstanding Senior,” was hand selected by the dean of Human Ecology at Kansas State for an esteemed academic scholarship, and received recognition through a Greek honor society for my high GPA.

What recognition are you most proud of and why?

I am most proud of being recognized for the $2,200 training scholarship I received from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) this semester. From the moment I was accepted into the MS-CDFR program at ECU, I was determined to give back to the ECU/CDFR department. Thus, to be able to go to UCLA and represent ECU through being trained to implement a program into a summer camp (which I am creating for my graduate student project) is only the tip of the iceberg for how I plan to give back. I feel so proud to have faculty that pushed me beyond what I thought were my limits and have helped me make life-altering opportunities like this happen.

How do you think your ECU graduate school education has helped you?

My education at ECU has helped push me beyond what I felt I was capable of. The CDFR faculty is SO knowledgeable and experienced that their passion for the field has demonstrated to me by example, what it looks like to “make a difference.” I feel so blessed to be apart of everything Pirate Nation.

What would you say to someone considering ECU as a potential graduate school?

DO IT! Committing to ECU was hands down the single best decision I have ever made. ECU has changed my life and I plan to spend the rest of my years ahead to give my gratitude back to this university as best that I can.

Hobbies: Traveling, Cooking and Scrapbooking!! Hopefully I can combine all three and travel abroad at some point in my professional journey. I would love nothing more :)

5:15 am-
6:30 am
6:45 am-
7:00 am
Eat breakfast
7:00 am-
8:30 am
Get prepared for the day/Answer emails
Get to campus (work) - run data/teach class/grade papers
12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch/personal reflection
Write/Read scientific papers
STARBUCKS! -- Answer emails
Eat dinner/Review notes for class
Go to class and actively engage!
Finish any last minute projects and prepare for the next day
Relaxation time
Read Bible/Spend time in prayer
10:31pm ZzzzzZzzzZ

College & Dept.: Human Ecology, CDFR

Year: First

Clubs & Organizations at ECU: Delta Epsilon Iota, Career Centered Academic Honor Society, Association for Behavior Analysis International, Graduate/Professional Student Senate (GPSS)

Professor who has influenced you the most: Dr. Alan Taylor has influenced me to continuously think outside the box and has pushed me beyond what I felt my capabilities were, always. He’s one of the most intelligent people I know and I am thankful to have someone as experienced and knowledgeable as him as one of my mentors.

Reasons for choosing CDFR: This degree is very social sciences oriented. We are not only learning about child development, but we are working to understand the bigger picture of people and how they flourish in the environment around us. CDFR is broad enough to where I can learn about a variety of different things as it relates to diverse types of people and the community around us.  

Dream job: When I was young, my dream job was working a cash register at Target. Now, my DREAM job would be to event plan, although running a cash register still doesn’t sound too bad.

Your words to live by: “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2 

Get out of your comfort zone. It’s where the devil lives. 

If you aren’t stressed, you aren’t busy enough.

Significant life lesson you’ve learned while at ECU: Love isn’t enough. Although we are called to love those around us, it isn’t enough to survive. We must make the decision to take action and put others before ourselves, always. Be the change you want to see in the world, because one compassionate gesture can change or even save someone’s life.