August 1, 2018
Meet Kristopher Johnson
For many students, Arkansas State University-Beebe is a cost-effective and close-to-home choice for their college education. Students who attend enjoy a ‘tightly-knit’ community of academic professionals interested in helping them succeed, and many join student organizations to learn leadership skills. All of these things and more are true for sophomore Kristopher Johnson, a liberal arts major at ASUB.
“I chose ASU-Beebe because it was an affordable place to continue my educational career,” Kristopher said. “ASU-Beebe is a home away from home type university. The staff treats me as if I am one of their own. They bring you in, get you started and continue to push and help you work toward your degree plan.”
Kristopher’s favorite campus experiences include living in the residence hall and serving on the Student Government Association, where he is the 2018-2019 Student Activities Council Chair-Elect. As a student involved in his campus community, he helps with freshman orientation, teaches a self-defense class with 15 students, and often represents ASU-Beebe as the Vanguard mascot. Kristopher is also highly involved in intramural sports, and was named one of the “MVP’s” of the Students vs Employees softball game.
One notable event that Kristopher has been involved in is the Men of Color Conference at ASU Mid-South in West Memphis, a conference intended to support men of color in Arkansas community colleges. He also participated in Student Leadership Day at the Arkansas State Capitol, an occasion where college students from all over the state experience real-life legislative action. Kristopher also had the opportunity to meet Elizabeth Eckford, a member of the historic Little Rock Nine, during the ASU-Beebe 2018 Black History Month Concert/Lecture event.
Academically, Kristopher has earned the $1,000 a year ($500 per semester) Leadership scholarship, as well as the Outstanding First-Year Student award. Kristopher finished the Spring 2018 semester with a 4.0 GPA.
After receiving his degree at ASUB, Kristopher plans to continue his education at the University of Central Arkansas where he will pursue a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. Kristopher hopes to build a career in coaching or teaching.
“I’ve been thinking of it for a long while,” said Kristopher. “I want to start working with the younger kids, like in peewee, and work them up.“
Kristopher is especially interested in coaching football or soccer teams. He believes it is important for children to start young so they will truly understand the value of a sports team and work harder to succeed.
“In high school they already think they’re good. They don’t work for it,” Kristopher explained.
Kristopher hails from North Little Rock where he attended Sylvan Hills High School. While there, Kristopher was involved in organizations such as EAST, Young Men of Influence, and Young Black Excellence groups. He is also a talented musician, having played the drums for 15 years, and the piano for four.
Kristopher’s advice to other students, “Get involved. Get active. Stay focused, and don’t waste your parents’ money.”