Christopher Johnston, '17, Law & Policy

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Overcoming what seemed to be impossible challenges, Christopher Johnston credits his mother's love and support, and the Husky Promise, for his degree in Law & Policy.

Christopher Johnston, '17, Law & PolicyI'm a first generation college student and a non traditional student at the age of 26.

About a month before starting at UW Tacoma, my son Christian was born. The last three years of college have been life-changing and filled with challenges. Even though my family didn't themselves experience the reality and struggles that come with college life, I wouldn't have been able to do it without them.

When separated from my father as a youth, I developed behavior problems. I was often suspended and expelled from school. I experimented with drugs and alcohol and ultimately found myself in the correctional system several times by the time i was a young adult. I eventually ended up serving prison time for a crime I didn't commit. Going to school after overcoming all of that was a challenge.

If it wasn't for my mother's love and support, the financial aid I received, and the Husky Promise, I don't think it would be possible. As a Law & Policy major I want to help solve social issues, impact the community positively, and make the world a better place. I thank the University of Washington Tacoma for helping me achieve my goals and helping me believe that I can make a difference.

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June 9, 2017
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John Burkhardt, UW Tacoma Communications, 253-692-4536 or johnbjr@uw.edu