UNF student Johnny Ballard is majoring in civil engineering. His choice of study focused on his desire to work in a STEM field, and also led him to UNF, where he found an accredited civil engineering program and an abundance of engineering clubs to enhance his experience. He plans to graduate in the spring of 2022 and would like to either work in the engineering field or in a field where STEM subjects are taught, so he can help the next generation to succeed.
Get to Know Johnny Ballard
What does being an Osprey mean to you?
To me, being an Osprey means caring for others, doing what is right, and rising above and going beyond. It means leading by example and doing with what is right no matter who else follows.
When you’re looking to de-stress and relax a bit, where do you go on campus?
I either go to the third floor in the library or to the Taylor Leadership Institute office to talk to some of the best people on campus! I love the library because it’s quiet, peaceful, and relaxing. I love TLI because there, you can have great conversation, a free cup of coffee, and learn a little something about leadership while you’re there. The staff at TLI is the best on campus!
What’s your favorite UNF tradition?
One of my favorite UNF traditions is Market Day Wednesdays.
What three traits define you?
The three traits that define me are respect, honesty, and integrity.
Do you have any advice for high school students?
I would tell them to enjoy college, but also take it seriously. Don’t waste your time, and try your hardest, all the time. You don’t have to have it all figured out when you get here; truthfully, no one ever has everything figured out. Trust your leadership, and if you can’t, find leadership you can trust. Depend on your leadership because it is one of the many keys to your success.