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Meet Ryan Johnson

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Expected graduation: Spring 2017
Columbus, OH
High School: Hilliard Bradley High School

Why did you choose Point Park University?

I originally chose Point Park because of the opportunity to play baseball and get an engineering degree at the same time. When I first arrived on campus for orientation, I fell in love with the city and the people. I knew then that this was the right place for me.

How is Pittsburgh different from your hometown?

Pittsburgh is very different from my hometown. Though my hometown is very modern, it does not have the deep, amazing history of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh also has something going on every day, from sporting events, to concerts, to street fairs.

In your opinion, where is the best view of the city?

There is not one "best view" of the city. Walking around Pittsburgh, I find a new view that I like everyday. I would say the most memorable spot for me is the lookout from Mount Washington. The city looks beautiful from there.

What changes have you noticed in yourself since coming to college?

From freshman year to now, I've noticed a huge change in myself. I used to not be as motivated of a student as I am now. I wasn't really looking at the big picture or seeing the future then. But as the years have went on, I've become more driven, mature, and more focused on my future.

What opportunities have you had as an engineering major at Point Park?

My major has opened doors for me in so many ways. I came to school not knowing what I wanted to do with engineering. From my professors' instruction and job shadows that I've completed around the city with companies like United Steelworkers, I've decided that I want to work in the field of drafting and design using Auto CAD. Whether it be in Pittsburgh or another city, I'm excited to see where my dream takes me.

Where are we most likely to find you hanging out on campus?

I decided to live off campus this year, so I spend a lot of time there. When I am on campus, I normally spend my time in the computer lab, in the Student Center gym, or at the Body Christian Fellowship on Monday nights.

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What advice do you have for first-year students?

I would encourage all freshmen to befriend upperclassmen. They will show the ropes and how to make the best of your college experience. They want to see you succeed, so have faith in the wisdom of the older students.

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