Alumni in the Spotlight

Candice Johnson, B.S.H.S '16

1. What degree did you receive and what are your plans post-graduation?
I received a Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health. I plan to go into student affairs and professionally I would like to create a support system for students to be comfortable. Next year, I will be attending UNC Greensboro. My future goals are to help develop student leaders so they may accomplish their goals. Public Health gives me a great background to understand communities and the ability to improve them.
2. Tell us about activities you led or were a part of while at UM. What are you most proud of about your time at UM/What legacy are you leaving?
I was heavily involved in Alpha Kappa Psi and Category 5. This past semester I was able to be the medicine man for Iron Arrow Honor Society. I have been in a multitude of other involvements that are too long to list. I hope that I leave a legacy of connection through everything I have been involved in. With SpectrUM, I I tried starting an alumni position to reconnect alumni/grad students to the undergraduate LGBT organization.
4. What was your favorite moment or experience during your time at UM?
My favorite moment at UM is hard to pin down because there are so many. I would have to say the best moments are the small conversations that I had connecting with people. My favorite moments have been sporadic walks around campus with the people that changed my life. My best friends and administrators.
5. What is the most important thing that UM taught you?
UM taught me how to deal with different people in different ways. It has also taught me how to seek after the friendships that really matter.
6. What are you most looking forward to as an alum?
I am most looking forward to the reunions. The times of laughter and reminiscing will be future memories to be made.
7. What is one piece of advice you’d give your freshman self.
To my freshman self, the grades, and the numbers, don't really matter that much. What matters most are the people who you have affected and the ones that have affected you.
8. How do you plan on staying engaged with your alma mater?
 I plan to stay engaged with various alumni groups which is why I am most excited for alumni operated businesses. This means there will truly always be a 'Cane there when I need one.