Name: Johanna Evans
High school graduated from: Juneau Douglas H.S.
Year of high school graduation: 2000
Hometown: Juneau, Alaska
Academic Program at UAS: B.L.A. in Language Arts and Communications
Class standing at UAS: Alumni
How do you think UAS is preparing you for your future?
It taught me how to research, learn, and listen.
Do you know what you might be thinking of for a career after college?No, but I view life as a process with opportunities along the way. I am here to pursue opportunities that excite and intrigue me.
Do you have a favorite class or professor?
This is very hard. I have developed such an attachment to many of my teachers. Emily Wall didn't teach me to write, somebody back in second grade did that, but she gave me confidence in my writing which allowed me to give myself permission to play. The entire math department: Ron Seater, Brian Blitz, Jill Dumisnill, and Christopher Hay-Jahans were all patient and encouraging. I had been scared of math my entire college career so when I tackled it at the University level, I committed myself whole heartedly, promising myself that I would spend how ever many hours it took to complete and understand the lesson. As a result I did very well in the math classes. I realized at some point I had been taught to underestimate myself. The math team, with their pleas for me to become a math major, taught me to never do that again, no matter what the subject. Sue Koester has been an important force in helping me navigate the graduation process and I will be in debt to her forever for her patience and advice. David Charles Goyette, my acting professor, has not only taught me massive amounts about theatre in a short period of time, he has also become a great friend and mentor.
I was born and raised in Juneau, so when I was young I certainly did not want to go to college there too. In fact, I wasn't sure I was the college type. I had trouble focusing in school and my first few years of college proved to be the same. I was terrified of debt so I was working full time and didn't have the time I wanted to invest in my studies. I thought to myself, what’s the point in spending all this money on classes if I don’t feel like I’m learning? When I finally surrendered to college, I realized that I qualified for some grants and scholarships, and the rest of the money I needed I took out in loans. Once I did this, I was able to put the time in that I desired and find a learning style that worked for me. In Juneau I found the familiarity of the community allowed me to focus fully on my studies, not having to worry about creating social networks. Although, while attending UAS I did unexpectedly find a side of Juneau I had never known before: beautiful Auke Bay was the backdrop for curiosity and research. The young, enthusiastic students allowed me to see Juneau through a newcomer’s eye, and the professors were not only excellent and encouraging teachers, they were also amazing people.
What is the most surprising thing you’ve learned about yourself at UAS?
That I can do anything I want to do.
What surprised you the most when you arrived at UAS?
What surprised me the most is that it wasn't like going to High School in Juneau
What was the most fun you've had at any campus event?
I enjoyed the math club meetings and movies.
What is the best thing about life at UAS?
The real people. They are interesting and genuine.
What do you enjoy doing during your free time?
I love to run, meander, swim, cook, dance, hang with my friends and fam, and sleep.
If you could choose three words that signify UAS, what would they be?
Beauty. Optimism. Friendly.