Amiya Johnson

Class Year



Zion, Illinois



“Nursing is difficult, but it is so worth it. There are so many different routes that you can take with the career.”

Amiya Johnson, ’20

Career goal

“After Carthage, I will take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). Upon passing the NCLEX, I plan to work at Froedtert South’s Kenosha Campus. I do plan to continue my education. I want to become a nurse practitioner, so I can assist the ill impoverished communities.”

How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?

“Honestly, all of the professors are great! I have never had a “bad” professor. All of them are qualified and nice people. I think I have a top four: professors Cheryl Petersen, Patricia Flannery, Julie Maher, and Mary Horton Elliot.

“I have worked with Prof. Petersen the most. She has helped me become the student I am today. She was hard on me, and she pushed me to ask questions and think critically. She is always open for questions and she is a true resource! I cannot thank her enough. I appreciate Prof. Elliot because she made me think beyond a nursing student. She would ask a lot of “why?” and “how?” questions. She instilled nursing communication techniques into me (a difficult skill to learn and teach). Prof. Flannery is one of my favorites because she is so approachable! In addition, she uses a lot of real world examples. I look up to her because she is an ER Nurse, and I aspire to be an ER nurse. I try to absorb as much information from her as I can. Lastly, Prof. Maher is one of my favorites because I like her teaching style. For some reason, it is easiest for me to retain information from her class. In addition, I feel she is a good confidence booster.”

Favorite class

“Fundamentals was my favorite class. It was taught by Professor Frank Hicks and Prof. Flannery. Both professors are really intelligent and have a lot of knowledge to give. They would provide interesting scenarios and case studies for us to process. They made a difficult class fun, and I have learned the most from that class.”

Toughest class

“The toughest class was Pathophysiology. In this class, we learn about disease, infections, and the mutations of the body. This class was only hard because there were over 1 million things to learn.”

Internships or on-campus employment

“I am in the process of becoming a student nurse intern at Froedtert South.”

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“My favorite Carthage memory would be from the White Coat Ceremony. It was the moment when I realized that I was actually going to be a nurse. I also like when Carthage has the carnival event at the beginning of each year. It is a nice kick off to the beginning of the year.”

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot would have to be the basement of the Hedberg Library because it is very quiet. I can focus there. I also like the nursing lab because it has all the tools I need to practice and study.”

Biggest surprise so far

“The biggest surprise has been how fast it has went. I am happy to start my career, but I am sad that my undergraduate experience is almost over.”

What would your 8-year-old self think of you now?

“My 8-year-old self would be amazed. I would be proud of my accomplishments.”

Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?

“Do it! Do it! Do it! Nursing is difficult, but it is so worth it. There are so many different routes that you can take with the career. There will be bad days, but the good days will outweigh them.”

Why Carthage?

“My biggest reason for choosing Carthage was the direct admit nursing program. In addition, Prof. Hicks was so welcoming. I knew it was going to be a community where I could thrive.”