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Class of 2012 takes promising first steps after graduating from Willamette

Alexandria Johnson

  • Hometown: Salem, Ore.
  • Major: Biology, minor in chemistry
  • After graduation: Will attend Oregon Health and Science University School of Dentistry  
  • Senior thesis: "2,4-Dichloro-
    phenoxyacetic Acid Induces the Raf/MEK Pathway in Xenopus laevis Oocytes while Simultaneously Blocking Maturation"
  • Activities and Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, vice president of the Tri Beta Biological Honor Society, community outreach officer for the Chemistry Club, Webber Scholar, Al Ferrin Scholarship, Chemistry and Biology Department Teaching Assistant, Biology Department tutor, Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women, Varsity Golf

What are you doing after graduation, and what’s your overall career goal?

Beginning in August, I will be attending the Oregon Health and Science University School of Dentistry as part of the Class of 2016. Ultimately, I plan to practice public health dentistry, although I am undecided as to which specialty.

What do you value the most about your Willamette experience?

I value the person I have become because of Willamette. The university has helped me develop into a woman I am proud to be. I know that this is because of the personal friendships I formed with my fellow students, both within Pi Beta Phi and in the student body at large, and also with my professors. I respect each and every one of the faculty at Willamette and, because of the lessons they have taught me, I know that I am prepared for whatever academic challenges my life brings.

What will you miss about Willamette?

I will miss the feeling of the Willamette community. Having coffee at the Bistro and then sitting by the Millstream is an experience that not all college students are able to have, and I know that this is one of the many things that make Willamette University a very special place to be.