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Carolyn Johnson

Carolyn Johnson '99

Assistant Director of Admission

B.A. English (Writing, Rhetoric, and Culture emphasis)
Minor in Politics and Government 1999
University of Puget Sound


Territorial Responsibilities: Alaska, Oregon (Greater Portland Area), Southwestern Washington, Washington Olympic Peninsula

What is your favorite place on campus?

My office. Which is probably a good thing, since I do spend quite a bit of time there. If you could see the view from my office, you’d understand. The window over my desk looks out on the fountain in front of Jones hall, with Wheelock Student Center in the background. Directly in front of that window is one of the largest beech trees I’ve ever seen. This view of campus is incredible – in sun, wind, rain and (usually, about once a year) snow.

But it’s not just about the buildings and the beech tree. From my office, I watch students walking to and from class, joking with friends, or engaged in serious discussion with a professor or classmate. While I can’t necessarily overhear conversations, I do sometimes hear spontaneous bursts of laughter or shouts of excitement. From my window, I can see and hear the buzz of our community set against the backdrop of our breathtaking campus. And, of course, it is in my office that I get to meet with future Loggers as they visit and consider Puget Sound in their own college search process.

Where do you like to eat in Tacoma?
There are so many great restaurant options in Tacoma, it’s hard to pick just one. I recommend that visitors head to either the Proctor District or 6th Avenue; there are plenty of excellent restaurants within a few feet of each other. As an added bonus, visitors will get a sense of the easy access Puget Sound students have to coffee shops, eateries, and other attractions (farmers markets, boutiques, live music, a bowling alley, upscale resale stores, and a historic movie theatre, just to name just a few!) – all within walking distance of campus! Or, if you want a great view with your meal, head down to Ruston Way to dine right on the shores of Commencement Bay or up the hill to Stanley & Seafort’s, where your table will overlook the City of Destiny.

What attractions should visitors be sure to see?
Tacoma has an excellent arts scene, with lots of great venues throughout the museum and theatre districts. My personal favorite is the Museum of Glass, particularly the opportunity to watch glass artists craft their masterpieces in the world’s largest (!) Hot Shop, which is open all hours that the museum is open. If you can’t make it to the museum during your visit, you’ll find glass art throughout Tacoma, including right on campus in Wyatt Hall. Bonus: college students with valid ID receive FREE ADMISSION to the Museum of Glass every Sunday!

What advice do you have for prospective students?

You’ve heard it before and I’ll say it again, because it’s true: be yourself. The overarching goal of Puget Sound’s admission process is to get to know you as a whole person and consider both what you would bring to Puget Sound and how you would benefit from four years here. The best way for us to consider that is to truly get to know you, the real you. When you interview with us, our hope is that you’ll actually enjoy the experience, learn a bit about this amazing place, and are able to imagine yourself as a part of this community. The college admission process can feel stressful and overwhelming; our hope at Puget Sound is to push past all of that noise and help you determine if Puget Sound is the right fit college for you. And, in order to make that determination, it’s essential that you remain true to the person you are, as well as the person you hope to become.