Ai Portland Features: Student Des Johnson

By: Krasimir Karamfilov

April 13, 2017

Hey, I’m Des Johnston!

Des Johnson 

I’ve been at The Art Institute of Portland in the Bachelor of Science in Media Arts & Animation program* for a little over three years now, and I’m at the beginning of my fourth. During my time at Ai I’ve taken a lot of classes, and my favorites have been Stop Motion Animation, 2D Animation, Character & Object Design, Storyboarding, and Art History.

I couldn’t have asked for better teachers or classmates to learn and grow with. We are always helping each other and finding new ways to do everything and anything – no idea is too big or too small. The same thing is true in my other classes – my teachers are always ready to jump in and help, students are excited to grow their ideas, and the learning environment is never seen as something to be feared, but to be celebrated.

Outside of the campus, I live and work in Student Housing. As a Resident Assistant (RA), my job is to put on events for students to grow our community life, to answer any questions that residents have from term to term, and help with a variety of other things as need arises.

Being a RA, I’ve made a lot of connections with students that I don’t think I would have ever met without the help of student housing. It’s helped me learn how to approach challenging situations with a level head, how to take on personal issues with professional attitude, and grow stronger because a situation was handled the right way.

Housing has helped me grow a lot as a person.  I’ve met a lifelong friend in my current roommate and can’t picture life without her. That’s a bond I don’t think we would have gotten from just being friends in a classroom.  It is something only Student Housing can provide.

Being in my fourth year, and coming close to the end of my time at Ai Portland, I’m still excited for every new term that comes my way. I get pumped when I see the new students coming in, and when the new residents move into housing, because that means there’s still more people to meet. More people to teach, to learn from, to make friends with, and that’s something I never get tired of. That, paired with the new classes I get to experience, is just the best thing in the world.

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By: Krasimir Karamfilov

April 13, 2017