Meet HC Wyoming: Brittany Johnson

Name: Brittany Johnson

Major: English with a minor in Professional Writing

Class Standing: Senior

Role in HC: Writer

Why did you join HC?

I wanted to become more involved in the campus and meet people who shared my love for writing. I’ve had a personal blog for a couple years now, and Her Campus was a super desirable platform for me to put some of my writing out there for readers!

What do you love about HC?

I really enjoy the flexibility. You can literally write about whatever you want, so it’s a great outlet for individual expression—something that I think everyone should have. On top of that, I love reading about others’ opinions, interests, and experiences. It has opened my eyes to many new things.

What’s the most valuable piece of advice you’ve received?

A professor I had a few years back told me that I needed to focus on my talents and interests and harness them. At a time when I was very unsure about my academic path, this advice gave me a lot of direction. I think it is SO important to follow passions and cherish talents, because they are such a huge aspect of who we are.

What fictional place would you most love to visit?

Call me basic, but...Hogwarts. I’ve loved Harry Potter since I was really young and have always wanted to visit the room with all the moving staircases. Give me some Butterbeer and magic capabilities and I’ll have a ball.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

I would definitely have the superpower to create instant, amazing meals. For someone who loves good food, I have no cooking skills and no time to cook even if I did.

Are you usually early or late?

I have this astonishing ability to arrive at work on the dot for every single shift. Some may say that’s late...I say it’s time maximization.

Favorite college course so far?

I took a class called Writing for Nonprofits that was very stimulating and informative, and it actually helped direct my career path. We got to come up with our own nonprofit organization and create an entire grant proposal for it. It opened my eyes up to career possibilities in the nonprofit sector, and I am now pursuing nonprofit communications and brand management.

What’s your typical restaurant order?

I love seafood—seafood pasta, skewers, cakes, risotto; I’m in. Of course, seafood isn’t the most prevalent in Wyoming, so I’m also a sucker for good wings.

What is your favorite show to binge watch?

I am almost through my second cycle of watching every season of New Girl. It’s such a cute show and the loft shenanigans never fail at distracting me from my chaotic life.

Where is your favorite place?

I love mountain tops. A huge part of why I enjoy hiking is the view at the top of a mountain—it is just so breathtaking and completely opposite from the views I have in my everyday life. Ironically, I also love New York City and can’t wait to visit again! New York City is so bustling and fascinating.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I plan on attending grad school for two years, and then I hope to be working as a professional in Denver (or another urban area) and enjoying some city life for a while. I think it will be a lot of fun to spend some time enjoying the rest of my twenties in an artsy, flourishing environment and doing some work that I’m really passionate about.

What is one item you cannot live without and why?

My coffee pot. A good cup of coffee gives me a lot of motivation (I think it’s more psychological than anything at this point) and who can afford to go out and buy a latte every day? I think I would give up my phone before giving up access to cheap coffee.

Favorite Food?

Breakfast food is my choice for any meal! I’ll eat breakfast food--pancakes, omelets, breakfast burritos, cinnamon rolls--any time. Did I mention it’s also typically pretty cheap?

What is one thing about college that you wish you knew before you got here?

As I’m sure most people feel, I really wish I had had more of an idea of my goals and interests when I started college. I used up two years just taking random, pointless classes when I could have been opening doors for myself and honing my innate skills. Of course, it’s not really reasonable to expect any 18-year-old to have any concrete future plans, but it would have been nice to have had a general idea.

Why should someone join HC?

Her Campus is a great fit for anyone who has some form of interest in writing. There are a lot of opportunities to be very involved both in the club and on campus, and if you find yourself facing a difficult semester, you don’t necessarily have to be. HC will meet you where you’re at and you’ll find your writing skills improving over time!