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Joe Johnson

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Admissions Counselor
Alaska, Southern California  (see county list) , Washington (see county list)

0615 SW Palatine Hill Road
Portland, OR 97219
Phone: 503-768-7041
Fax: 503-768-7055

Hometown: Spokane, WA, but I only missed being born in Portland by a few months!

Favorite spot on campus: I love the grassy hill behind the Corbett House. It’s a beautiful property with a rich history – the Olmsted Brothers, who landscaped the property, also worked on many of Spokane’s parks. Plus, last time I walked by there were plenty of bees pollinating some clover. (Save the bees!)

Little-known fact about me: I love foxes! When I studied abroad in London my junior year I did a research project on the history and treatment of the red fox, with a focus on their portrayal in the media. For the project I had the opportunity to visit a fox rescue hospital outside of London and even pick up a fox! They’re much lighter than you would expect.

Piece of advice for students in the college search process: Expand your college list beyond what your family, friends, teachers, or counselors suggest. Find schools that you’ve either never heard of or might not expect to like, and then visit them to calibrate yourself for what you really want in a college! When you find a school that provides you all of the opportunities you’re looking for in your undergrad, and you can imagine yourself living, working, and studying on campus, you’ll know it’s the right fit. You know yourself best!

Favorite place to spend time in Portland: I enjoy walking and biking along Portland’s many paths and trails, especially in the southwest area. You certainly can’t go wrong with a state park only a five minute walk from campus! (Tryon Creek, in case you were wondering. “Tryon” that for size!)

If I was stranded on a desert island, I would want these three things: With all my free time, I would want to feel challenged….so let’s go with 1) Water, 2) a copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio, and 3) another stranded person (although I hope that person was already there before I got there…I would feel awful if I magically stranded someone with me just by wishing for it). Peter Brook would agree that my desert island can’t become a stage until someone’s around to watch me perform all of those Shakespeare roles.

If I didn’t work in Admissions, I would be: Maybe teaching theatre at the high school level, or doing nonprofit mental health work in the community!