My name is Ruby Josephine Johnston and I am a Philadelphia native pursuing a degree in the Communication of the Arts and Sciences. More specifically, I specialize in Visual Communication of Social Scientific and Humanities Data Through Statistical and Technological Analysis.
As a as product of the infamous Philadelphia Public School District, I was only able to take two art classes in my entire life; one in 3rd grade and another in 12th grade. When I took that second class I fell in love and discovered my potential as an artist. Since then I have excelled in my art and introspection which has resulted in the discovery of my passion for communication and connection with the environment and our fellow human beings.
I am interested in becoming a part of the process that helps facilitate humans relationships with themselves, others, and the world around them. A few years ago I never would have thought I’d be as successful as I am today. With my new found appreciation for education, I have been extremely successful as a Penn State student. In sum, I have served on 5 executive boards, taught 3 classes, been nominated for 2 and won 1 award, organized a successful protest, designed multiple websites, created a successful freelancing business, all while achieving academic excellence as noted by my spot on the dean lists. Getting out of the city and being introduced to the world enlightened me to my abilities as an intellectual and a creator.
That being said, these achievements do not correlate with my personal definition of success. I’ve reached a point in my life where I’m reconsidering my priorities in the context of norms and I’ve come to understand that the only work that I want to do will need to be for the betterment of our world and our greater society. When I feel as if I am making even the smallest of an impact in the right direction, I know that I have found temporary happiness; until another challenge comes along.