Nicole Johnson, Young Hall resident director, has left ENC partway through the semester. Johnson took a new resident director position at University of Massachusetts-Lowell.
When asked about the sudden decision to leave, Johnson simply responded with a smile.
“An amazing opportunity came along that I couldn’t afford to pass on,” Johnson said. “I will definitely miss the [Student Development Office] staff, the ENC community, and the daily interactions with every single student.”
Johnson expressed her great gratitude toward ENC, noting that her exit is more for professional advancement than for personal reasons. She said that her time spent at ENC has been a great learning opportunity that has helped her grow both personally and professionally over that last few years.
Johnson leaves this advice to students:
“Stay focused on academics. Don’t be afraid or ashamed to ask for help or advice when you truly feel you need it. ENC has plenty of resources at hand to help with whatever it is you need. If you seek, you shall find. Also, it’s not what you say, but how you say it. You never want what you say to be overshadowed by how you say it.”
Johnson also gave a special shout-out to all “[Resident Assistants] near and far, ‘YOUNG LIFE,’ all the students who say they are my favorite, the entire SDO, and most of all Cheryl Stone and Robert Benjamin.”
Coming to ENC from Bentley University with a B.S. in Business Management, Johnson assumed the role of resident director in 2011. Current resident directors Jay Govoni, Julita Bailey, and Keri Lewis all started in 2011 as well.
Along with working as the resident director for Young, Johnson was responsible for training and hiring resident assistants. Johnson has also assisted SDO’s Robert Benjamin in organizing many of the Multicultural Affairs events.