Alumni Q & A: For Quinton Johnson, flexible and personal programs deliver
Quinton Johnson, with nearly a decade of experience from UPS, came to Brandman University as a community college transfer student after taking a break from his studies. Originally set to attend California State University, Sacramento, concerns over transfer credits made him reconsider. He remembered Brandman from a presentation at community college, and all of his transfer units were accepted. Johnson graduated from Brandman University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. In the future, Johnson hopes to put his degree to work through organizational psychology, helping boost company morale and shaping organizational behavior.
How did going back to school help you/your career?
For me going back to school was about completion. I started community college right out of high school and then circumstances in life deterred me from completing my degree. When I went back to school I was determined to finish my degree. I had to be disciplined, and on track with goals, deadlines, writing assignments and research.
Who inspired you while attending Brandman?
All of my instructors inspired me. They were working in the field as well as teaching, so the stories they shared made it relatable and attainable.
My children have been a huge source of inspiration. I have a 13-year-old daughter and a two-year-old son, and I feel that my degree shows them the importance of higher education and encourages them to pursue a degree. I am the first person from my family to graduate from college.
What advice would you give someone going back to school as an adult?
Chancellor Gary Brahm poses for a picture with Quinton Johnson at commencement.
I would say, don’t be overwhelmed. Initially, when you start taking classes, you have a bit of motivation and then you see the assignments for the class and it can feel overwhelming. Just remember why you started and take it one class at a time.
Did anything surprise you about Brandman University?
I started at Brandman when I was a community college transfer. I was used to being at the community college level. When I transferred to Brandman, the workload increased. The writing requirements were more difficult. I had to write research papers in every class, which was an adjustment.
The staff and faculty at the Antelope Valley/Santa Clarita campus are all very positive and provide motivation for the students. The team is more than willing to help out any way that they can. All of my professors worked in the field in psychology so they knew what it was like as a student. They shared stories about school and really understood the transition.
What would you have done differently?
I would try not to rush through my program. I was in a hurry to finish as quickly as possible. I overloaded myself with classes while having new responsibilities with a new son and balancing work. I would recommend not overloading yourself until you are comfortable with the workload.
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