Bronco Spotlight: Nicholas Johnson
I am currently working in Brooklyn New York as the Change in Design Fellow for the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP). This fellowship is an initiative to promote, encourage, develop, and create a pathway to a number of resources for designers of color from underrepresented communities of color.
What is the most rewarding and the most challenging part of your job?
I would say that the most rewarding experience I have come in contact with as of recently is being able to be in the presence of so many design professionals of color as well as the almost endless opportunities that cross my path in this great city. The most prominent challenge I believe is that on the path to being successful you can't quit. There are many hard days that you want to give up because you are tired but you can't—in those moments lies your true character and the drive to become better. I always tell myself 'You can rest, but you are not allowed to quit.'
What activities, resources, or people helped you prepare for your career?
Some of the biggest resources that helped guide me were my fellow classmates, my professors, and my family. These groups of people–alongside myself–pushed me to my limits and beyond. It is highly beneficial to keep yourself surrounded by people who are chasing success and greatness just as you are. However, you are your greatest resource. Only your drive, your determination, your hard work can get you to where you want to be.
What advice would you offer students to help them decide on a career path?
Do what you love. If there isn't a company out there doing the thing(s) that you are passionate about make it a reality. Anything that you put your mind to can be made into reality you just have to have a strong enough will to make it so.