John’s mother died from a heart condition when he was nine. His sister, age 22 at the time, dropped out of college to help raise him. When it was time for John to go away to college, they visited PLNU together, and both brother and sister were sold.
John had always wanted to be in an artistic field, so when he enrolled at PLNU, he entered the graphic design program and joined yearbook his first day.
He later helped charter an American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) chapter at PLNU.
“Being a part of AIGA is a great opportunity to meet local professionals and talk about who we are at PLNU – how we’re different,” said John, who has volunteered at many AIGA student and professional events, getting himself and PLNU connected in the highly competitive field of design.
John also co-founded and serves as the president of the Artist Society, an on-campus club that creates art to raise money for various philanthropies. Over the past few years, they have raised money for relief work after the earthquake in Haiti and partnered with I Heart OB, a PLNU student ministry that serves the homeless in Ocean Beach.
It doesn’t stop there. John has designed and served as an editor for both the yearbook and the newspaper. He wants to ensure that future art and design students have access to growing opportunities both on and off campus. To accomplish this, he and his staff are putting together a strategic plan to change the face of the yearbook, despite the fact that he will not see its completion before he graduates this year.
John was also featured in the latest issue of the Viewpoint. Read it here.