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Johnson Balances Leadership Roles Across Campus Community

Amanda Johnson, ‘17: “double major and a minor, serving as the student commission secretary of finance, a member of K-Crew, an economics teaching assistant, writing center employee, and a civic engagement scholar.” (Photo Courtesy of Amanda Johnson)

Meet Amanda Johnson, Kalamazoo College Student Commission Secretary of Finance and so much more.

Between a double major and a minor, serving as the student commission secretary of finance, a member of K-Crew, an economics teaching assistant, writing center employee, and a civic engagement scholar it’s hard to believe Amanda Johnson ’17 is able to remain so composed.

Johnson’s secret to remaining her composure and overall sanity derives from advice she received during her first quarter at K from one of her most influential people on campus, Dr. Baptist.

Johnson remains focused on the goal at hand and remembers to take care of her-self. She also focuses on enjoying the Kalamazoo college community that surrounds her.

“[I’m] making sure that I take time to stop and enjoy being around these people,” said Johnson.

The Kalamazoo College community was originally one of the main reasons Johnson was drawn to the campus, and being involved in the community is her main social outlet.

“I think that plays into the other stuff I do on campus. That’s how I met a lot of my friends that’s how our relationships have become strong,” said Johnson.

One of Johnson’s main involvements in the Kalamazoo College community is her role as secretary of finance for student commission.

As secretary of finance Johnson said that she sees her role as vital to the K community because she is able to help students retain funding for events.

“I think a lot of times to get things done we need to access funds and my role is to make those funds transparent and accessible,” said Johnson.

Following her time at K, Johnson hopes to attend law school and become involved with politics. Ultimately Johnson would like to run for governor of Michigan and, someday, perhaps president.

Johnson would like the Kalamazoo College community to remember her as somebody that was involved with the entire experience the college has to offer and how she engaged with those in her community.

Johnson particularly would like to be remembered as “being challenged and being a challenger,” Johnson said.

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Johnson Balances Leadership Roles Across Campus Community