Zac Johnson

Student Info

Graduation Year:
Spring 2011
Grand Haven, MI

What have you done since graduating and where are you now?
After graduation, I moved to Tallahassee, Florida, where I completed a Master's degree in American Religious History. I left FSU in 2013 to begin a two year commitment as a Teach for America corps member in Milwaukee, WI, where I taught 4th grade for two years while I completed my M.Ed. in elementary education. I now teach an elementary computer science and technology course for kindergarten through 6th grade. 

How did RCAH prepare you for what you're doing now?
It's difficult for me to pinpoint any one moment or aspect of my time in the RCAH that has prepared me for where I find myself today. In a one sense, the RCAH pushed my critical thinking, writing, and sense of interdisciplinary curiosity more than any academic program I have taken part in. These skills have helped me engage with colleagues in classrooms and conferences, through blogs, or in school buildings. I would even say they form the foundation on which I was able to walk into one of the top performing schools in Milwaukee, pitch a class that didn't yet exist, and get a job offer. 

What were your academic interests in RCAH?
I entered the RCAH primarily interested in history, geography, and anthropology, but quickly developed an interested in a variety of artistic outlets - particularly photography - due to amazing courses with Prof. Sullivan and Prof. Keller. 

What were your favorite aspects of the RCAH experience?
I loved every minute of my time in the RCAH, but especially enjoyed the seminar-style courses and creative workshops. The relationships I developed with faculty were some of the strongest I've had at any point in my academic career - they are truly what sets the RCAH apart from other programs at MSU and elsewhere. 

Did you ever take part in Study Abroad/Study Away at MSU? If so, which programs?
I took part in the RCAH Study Abroad in Israel with Prof. Aronoff during the summer of 2010. 

What words of wisdom do you have for current RCAH students?
1) Find a course or activity (creative workshops are a good place to start) that is completely out of your comfort zone.

2) Go to office hours. RCAH Faculty are the best.