As graduation approaches on May 11, we asked Senior Miranda Johns, majoring in Graphic Design with a minor in Digital Media and Business, to reflect on her time at GWU and create her Top 5 Experiences List. This was no easy task for the soon-to-be-alum - from traveling abroad to cheering on her teammates from the Women’s Swim Team, she’s had some pretty amazing experiences in the past four years.
1.The most incredible experience was winning my last home meet (my senior meet) against Davidson. We had a really rocky season and swam against some tough competitors and ended up going into our last meet with no wins—not the most exciting end to my collegiate sport career. Davidson was our most talented, highest ranked competitor so far and there wasn’t much chance of us winning this meet either. But I watched my team bond together, despite our differences, for one day and it was a glorious victory. Tears still come to my eyes when I think about this day.
2. Traveling to Paris, France with the American Sign Language students in 2019 was absolutely unforgettable. Possibly the peak experience of any artist’s life is visiting this gorgeous city. Being an artist myself, it has long been a dream of mine to go to Paris. I do not know any ASL and my French is far from fluent. But I was shown so much grace. I’m so thankful I got the chance to see Notre Dame before it was burned, and experience this lifelong dream at such an early age—Can’t wait to go back!
3. When I reflect on my time at GWU I can't help but think of the mission trip I was able to serve on to Toronto, Canada in 2017. My team traveled to Toronto to tutor refugee children on their spring break. I can say with confidence it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I will never forget the kids I worked with and I hope to be able to work in missions one day again.
4. Being elected senior class president (2018-2019) is certainly a highlight of my college career. The election was contested and I campaigned as much as I could but the voting outcome far exceeded expectations. I was in disbelief that I won and I felt so overwhelmed and blessed that so many people came to vote at this election. It was a record breaking election, with the most voter participation SGA has ever documented.
5. One of my favorite moments is when the Women’s Swim Team won “Team of the Year, 2017-2018, during the Webby’s Award Ceremony that year. It was amazing to have my sport recognized throughout the school and such a huge accomplishment for my team. Even though we had our ups and downs that year, it was neat to see the season end on such a high note.
(Note: The Webby’s Award Ceremony is an end-of-the-year celebration to celebrate the achievements and accomplishments of all GWU athletic teams during the year.)