Amanda G. Johnson (Right)
Honors, achievements, and special recognition:
- Dr. Fred Rodriguez Academic Achievement Award, Spring 2013
- University of Kansas Honor Roll, Spring 2011
- National Pan-Hellenic Council – President, 2012
- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., - Treasurer, Secretary, Connections Chair 2010-2013
- Delta Sigma Pi Professional Fraternity – VP of Community Service 2010-2013
- Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values Leadershape Beta Class
- Black Student Union - Mentor 2012-2013
How I became interested in my area of study:
Most of the women in my family including my mother, grandmother and aunts have had careers pertaining to business my whole life. Their inspiration, along with my desire to impact my community and world in a hands-on way, lead me to choosing a degree in business management and leadership. I love working with and developing others.
An honor, achievement or accomplishment that is most meaningful to me and why:
Making the University of Kansas Honor Roll in spring 2011 is one of my most meaningful accomplishments because that was a point when I decided to take my life and future into my own hands. I had also taken on a number of other responsibilities and leadership positions that semester and looking back that was the point when I realized that I truly am capable of anything that I put my mind to.
Someone who has been a role model for me and why:
My family members have been my biggest role models. Ron, Lori, and Bradley Johnson all inspire me daily in so many ways and they are truly my best friends. My father, Ron Johnson is the captain of Troop C of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. I have been able to watch him continue to achieve greatness and promotions my whole life. His leadership and advice have set a foundation and a standard for the ways that I interact with and lead others. My mother Lori worked in sales most of my life. She was able to break barriers and dominate most of her male peers by selling far above and beyond the benchmarked goals. She now owns her own business and consults for a number of others. I am fortunate that her perseverance, integrity and genuine concern for others have rubbed off on me and shaped the woman that I am today. My younger brother Bradley is more of a hero to me than he will ever understand. I’ve watched him grow and deal with adversity so many times and he is always able to maintain a sense of self as well as his free spirit. His hard work and high aspirations have served as the constant push and drive that gets me through every day.
My favorite KU memory:
My favorite KU memory was sitting down for lunch with Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and a few other student leaders. It was an amazing opportunity to sit with someone so highly regarded and accomplished and to know that she genuinely valued my opinions. It was also an honor to be recognized with my peers who had also assumed a greater sense of responsibility on campus. KU does so much to foster and develop leaders and it truly does make a tremendous difference in the lives of the students.
When times get tough, something that helps me get through it:
Prayer has allowed me to get through all of my tough times. My relationship with God is the cornerstone for all of my accomplishments. I’ve watched myself grow as a leader and looking back I can truly say that my hard times have significantly decreased as my spiritual growth has increased. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
An important life lesson I have learned:
An important life lesson I learned is “greater risk greater return.” I know that is a financial concept but I have always been one to take what I learn in the classroom and apply it to everyday life. I learned that it takes a great deal of confidence to take risks but each time that I have taken on a new challenge with those words is mind the results have far outweighed the obstacles.
If I had a sister just entering college, I would want her to know…
I would want her to know that involvement is the key to success in college. I would tell her to be involved in her classes by getting to know her professors and fellow classmates but that isn’t enough. I would also tell her to be involved in her community by volunteering and serving. Even that though isn’t enough, I would tell her to be involved on campus by joining organizations and sharing her talents by taking on leadership roles. This seems like a lot but I would tell her that there is one more thing she needs to be involved in and that is her personal development. I would tell her to never forget who she is or compromise her values. Making her development a priority would easily cause all of the other things to happen naturally.
A favorite quote or saying and why it is meaningful to me:
“The dictionary is the only place success comes before work.”
This is a Mark Twain quote that I was introduced to by Ken Ward, my Project Management professor. This quote is meaningful to me because it reminds me that in order to have the things that I want and truly be successful I need to work hard and never give up.