It’s been a wild ride for members of the class of 2011. They entered the University of San Francisco in the fall of 2007 when the economy was booming. They saw a near collapse of the world’s economy, a modest recovery, the election of the country’s first African-American president, political upheaval marked by regime change, and a still shaky job market. In this series USF Magazine polled graduating seniors to ask them what it all means as they head out into the world.
Ariana Boyd Johnson
MAJOR: Business Administration/Marketing, minor in Public Relations
HOMETOWN: Laguna Niguel, CA
IMMEDIATE PLANS AFTER GRADUATION:
I will be beginning a retail management training program with Abercrombie & Fitch in San Francisco.
AS YOU LEAVE USF, WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST HOPE?
My greatest hope after leaving USF is that I will be able to stay on
the track that I have planned for myself, and that I will get to travel
and experience many new exciting things as well as continue learning in
my new job and hopefully begin planning out my career path.
AS YOU LEAVE USF, WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST DREAM?
As I prepare to leave USF my greatest dream would be to have a job on
the business side of a multinational retailer that lets me travel all
across the world and see and experience new cultures and countries. In
this dream I hope that I will be working for a retail company that I
really love and believe in, and that has ample opportunity for me to
move up, or create my career path as I discover what aspects of the
retail industry I really enjoy and want to pursue so I can focus those
interests into a specification for when I choose to go back to school
and get my MBA.
AS YOU LEAVE USF, WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST FEAR?
I feel so lucky to have a job right after college graduation, and
therefore my greatest fear would be the fragility of the state of the
economy and where it will go in the future.
WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO BE DOING IN FIVE YEARS?
I hope to be at the corporate level in a retail company and have my
career path more defined and be in the midst of getting my MBA!