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Carol JohnsonCarol Johnson, Class of 2009

Class of 2009, graduated summa cum laude
Undergraduate Major:  Mass Communications with a concentration in Production and Journalism


Involvement at Shaw:

  • Presidential Scholar
  • Miss Homecoming
  • Miss Junior
  • Vice President, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Member, Alpha Chi Honors Society
  • Mass Communications Student Advisory Board
  • Member, National Broadcasting Society
  • Selected as Mass Communications Student of the Year in 2008 and 2009
  • Internships with Raytheon,  Radio One, NBC, and Progress Energy

Work Experience:

Technical Writer on FDCA Census Project from 2009-2010

  • Security Analyst for the FDIC promoted to a Senior Security Analyst in 2012

Accomplishments:

  • Purchased her first home in October 2011 in Washington, DC
  • Projected to complete Security+ Certification in Sept 2012

Important to Know:

  • Graduated with the Highest GPA in the Mass Communications Department with a 3.9

Personal Motto:

"You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you"- unknown

About the Honors College:

I owe my drive, my success, my motivation, my diligence and my unwillingness to accept people telling me "I can't" to God, my parents, and the Honors College. Shaw University gave me an opportunity that no one else would, a chance to go to school and come out debt free. While most of my friends were avoiding calls from Sallie Mae, I was able to save my money and work towards my dream of homeownership before the age of 25. The Honors College and Dr. Leathers gave me a sense of pride and family that I needed and will always treasure. The Honors College allowed me to constantly be surrounded by a group of students that had dreams that far exceeded any of the expectations and limitations that others put on us and I was motivated!  Motivated to be the best I could possibly be academically as to not let down the people who saw something in me before even seeing my face.  I love the Honors College for the life lessons I learned and will always be grateful.


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