Spencer Johnson

Spencer Johnson is an Adolescent History Education major with a minor in Political Science. He is originally from Bristol, Connecticut.

How did you decide on adolescent education and history as a major?
Growing up, I always loved history and learning about the world, and throughout my education, my history teachers were always the ones who have had a positive impact on my learning. I was always learning new and exciting things, and I hope to have a similar impact on my future students when I become a teacher.

Did you participate in any memorable extracurriculars or internships?
I am on the Marist Cross Country, Indoor Track and Field, and Outdoor Track and Field teams. I have been one of the team captains since my junior year here at Marist. Aside from running, I interned at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Museum and Library in Hyde Park completing archival research to update the Library and Museum’s website. I also interned at the United States Senate in Washington D.C. under the Office of the Secretary of the Senate during the summer of 2016 doing legislative clerking and research.

What was your favorite part about the Marist experience?
My favorite part about the Marist experience is the campus community. I have met lifelong friends that I never expected to meet, and the campus as a whole is very positive, accepting, and exciting. I have also had some of the best professors who have pushed me academically to become the best student and future educator I can be. Another part of the campus community that has had a positive impact on my Marist experience is the cross country and track and field teams. I have had motivating coaches and teammates who helped me excel as a runner, and all of the Marist Athletics sports teams and department are very supportive for student athletes.

What are your plans for after graduation?
After graduating, I plan to stay at Marist to pursue my Master’s in Educational Psychology. Once I complete my MA, I plan to become a history teacher at the High School level.

Any advice for high school junior and seniors considering Marist?
To any incoming high school juniors and seniors, the best piece of advice when considering Marist is to get a sense of the campus community. When looking at colleges, it’s important to get an understanding of what the community is like and determine if you can picture yourself on that campus. Campus involvement is an important factor when deciding your college because this is where you grow as an individual because you are now independent and on your own, so it’s important to find a positive environment that will foster your needs.


Written by Shannon Donohue '17

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Profile Type: Class of 2017
Major: Adolescent Education
Academic School: Liberal Arts
Campus: New York