Meet a Shocker: Hannah Johnson


Hannah Johnson will graduate in spring 2022. She chose to attend Wichita State because of how Wichita State helps students find internships and hands-on learning experiences.

Hannah is one of more than 2,400 students eligible for spring/summer 2022 graduation. Learn more about her time at WSU and what is next for the grad.


Augusta, Kansas


Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

What made you want to attend Wichita State?

I knew I wanted to attend Wichita State because it was local and affordable. I could take my time deciding what I wanted to major in, and I love how Wichita State helps its students find internships and hands-on learning experiences. 

How are you feeling leading up to graduation?

I am feeling slightly overwhelmed as I wrap up projects and prepare for the student portfolio review and my senior show. Overall, I am ready to be out of school and excited about the job possibilities after graduation.

What has been your biggest challenge as a student and how dd you overcome it?

One of the biggest challenges as a student, is feeling like my work is less than my peers or that I need to be designing in a different way. Since we began in-person classes again, I have been talking to my classmates about projects and my mindset has started to change. I just remind myself that I am my own person, my design work reflects who I am and where I am in life. I know that my level of skill in design will continue increase the longer I work at it 

What has been your most helpful learning experience at Wichita state?

One of the most helpful and eye-opening experiences was working as a graphic design intern at WSU’s Strategic Communications office. 

What are your plans after graduation?

After graduation I would love to find a job with a local design firm in Wichita.

How did the COVID-19 pandemic affect your time at Wichita State?

COVID changed a lot of things, and looking back, I would have loved to experience the personal interaction with my classmates and teachers, especially because I was still in the beginning of the program when all classes moved to remote learning. 

What advice would you give other Wichita State students?

I would advise other Wichita State students to put themselves out there, to step out of their comfort zone, meet new people and experience everything that the school has to offer. Your time here goes by so fast and the connections you make can make a difference to your level of success once you leave. 

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