Meet a Shocker: Ryan Littlejohn

Ryan Littlejohn worked his way through Wichita State University with instructors who helped him with the balancing act of academics and a busy life.

Ryan is one of more than 1,400 students eligible for fall 2023 graduation. Learn more about his time at Wichita State and what's next for the grad.




Organizational leadership and learning

Ryan Littlejohn

Ryan Littlejohn

What made you choose Wichita State University?   

It is the college I started at and grew up admiring. I’m proud to graduate from WSU right around the corner from where I grew up. 

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

Time. I work about 50-60 hours a week and keeping up with deadlines was pretty tricky. I had amazing instructors that worked with me and helped make sure I was handling my load appropriately. 


What's your favorite off-campus location in Wichita?  

I love Social Tap and Chipotle.

If you could choose a song to play when you walk across the stage at graduation, what


would it be?  

“God Made A Way” by WHATUPRG

What are your plans after graduation? 

To continue to lead people in at a corporate level either with the YMCA or elsewhere.

What advice would you give other Wichita State students?  

Stay with it. Don’t quit. Someday, or Day One, that’s the battle. You will get there!!! Win today every day.

About Wichita State University

Wichita State University is Kansas' only urban public research university, enrolling more than 23,000 students between its main campus and WSU Tech, including students from every state in the U.S. and more than 100 countries. Wichita State and WSU Tech are recognized for being student centered and innovation driven.

Located in the largest city in the state with one of the highest concentrations in the United States of jobs involving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), Wichita State University provides uniquely distinctive and innovative pathways of applied learning, applied research and career opportunities for all of our students.

The Innovation Campus, which is a physical extension of the Wichita State University main campus, is one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing research/innovation parks, encompassing over 120 acres and is home to a number of global companies and organizations.

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