Name: Janelle Johnston
Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida
Major: Media Communications Studies
Relationship Status: Single
Her Campus (HC): Let’s start out with the most pivotal question. What’s your favorite food?
Janelle Johnston (JJ): Pizza. Pizza, pizza.
HC: What’s your ideal date?
JJ: I’m a firm believer that it’s not about where you are but who you’re with. But, if I had to choose, I’d say a country concert or something outdoorsy.
HC: Alright, onto some more serious questions now. Tell us a little bit about what’s shaped your life so far.
JJ: Well, when I was little, my mom handed me some dance shoes, my daddy handed me a wakeboard, and my brother handed me a guitar; all three have shaped my life tremendously. I also come from a huge, loving family who has kept me grounded. Most importantly is my faith with God. It’s not just a little prayer I say before meals—it’s the way I live my life. He is faithful and has a plan for me; I try my best to breathe that in daily.
HC: What’s your favorite moment at Florida State?
JJ: I’d have to say when we won the National Championship. It may have taken three showers to get all of the champagne out of my hair, but the moment we won will never leave my memory.
HC: What would you say is your dream job?
JJ: I want to be a sports broadcaster. I’ve always looked up to Erin Andrews and it’s what I’ve wanted to do for as long as I can remember. People used to write in my yearbook that they hoped to see me on TV one day, and I’m really hoping they will.
HC: Why sports?
JJ: I’ve always loved sports; some of my favorite childhood memories are watching baseball with my grandfather. From a very young age, Derek Jeter caught my eye—the way he rose up from all of his injuries and challenges is what sports is to me.
HC: Who is your inspiration?
JJ: I would definitely say my dad. From day one, he’s taught me to refuse the ordinary and not to limit my challenges, but to challenge my limits. He didn’t just teach me how to ride a bike or stand up on a surfboard, he’s taught me how to truly live, and I’m so thankful to have such a loving, free spirit for a father.
HC: Do you have any plans for the summer?
JJ: Yes! I’m studying abroad in London for six weeks.
HC: What’s your advice to incoming freshmen?
JJ: College can get extremely stressful at times—just remember that a good day starts with a good mindset. It might sound cheesy, but each morning when you wake up, remind yourself what a privilege it is to be here at FSU and living the dream.