Thank you, Dr. Johnson

By Travis Hunter
On November 30, 2018

The first time I met Dr. Johnson, I was a nervous and clueless transfer student. I had waited five years to finally go back to school and everything seemed to be moving so fast. Anyone who has taken significant time off from school knows the uncertainty that washes over you as you take the necessary steps to reenroll and register for classes.

I still remember the climb to the third floor of the Porter Henderson Library with my heart beating out of my chest. When I reached the third floor and found my way to her office for our advising appointment, I was met by a very calm and kind woman. Dr. Johnson made my transition back to the academic world so much easier and I’ll always be thankful to her for that.

As it would happen, I also had the opportunity to take a few of her classes and work for the Ram Page in two different positions. I had a short tenure as a staff writer at Dr. Johnson’s insistence before the schedule at my second job got in the way. Months later, I would come back to the newspaper in my current role as copy editor, again, at Dr. Johnson’s recommendation. I feel like she saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself, and I’m thankful that she gave me the opportunity to gain so much experience.

ASU won’t be the same without Dr. Johnson. I appreciate everything she’s done for the department, the students, the Ram Page and the university. I sincerely hope she enjoys her retirement and I hope she knows she will be missed.

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