Major: Music Liberal Arts
Hometown: Lindsborg, Kan.
Nominated By: Kristin Van Tassel
“A graduating senior this spring, most folks know Joanna for her singing (she can be heard singing almost everywhere she goes) – she’s a highly engaged, inquisitive, fearless student – willing to ask probing, hard questions – and genuinely interested in everything.”
Involvements at Bethany: Multicultural Student Union, Cross Country, Track, College Choir, Chamber Choir, Bethany Oratorio Society
Plans for Future: Bicycle across Africa on the Tour d’Afrique
Why did you choose to go to Bethany? Providence (either that or the cute boys)
What has been your favorite memory from college? Performing in Cinderella
What drives you as a person? Relationships
What is a special talent you possess? My friends nick-named me “Sonic Boom” because I sing loudly all the time everywhere I go.
What are your hobbies? Singing, playing the piano, writing, reading, creating art, and always learning something new
What is something very few people know about you? I think people imagine me braver and more confident than I really am. What I mean is that last year when I went out for cross country and track without ever having run before or ever having been in a sport, people told me I was inspiring, but I don’t know if anyone realized how scared I was to do that, how every day for the first two weeks of cross country practice I would get stomach aches and want to quit because I was so afraid. I say this because I want others to know that sometimes you have to do something that is completely scary, and if you don’t give up, it may become the best experience you have ever known.
Favorite food: Bond Ost (Swedish Cheese)
Favorite Place to eat: HuHot Mongolian Grill
Favorite Beverage: Water
Favorite TV Show: Doctor Who
Favorite Book: Les Miserables
Favorite Class: Creative Writing
Favorite Movie: Music from Another Room
Favorite Band: Does Bach count?
Favorite Holiday: International Women’s Day (March 8)
Favorite Website: None
Favorite Actor: David Tennant
Favorite Quote: “Time flies like an arrow and fruit flies like a banana.”
Favorite Pro Team: New Zealand All Blacks (I don’t watch Rugby, I just like their intimidation dance)
Favorite College Team: None
Morning or Night? Both
Eat out or Cook? Cook
Coke or Pepsi? I dislike all carbonated beverages.
Steak or Fish? FISH, FISH, FISH!!
Rap or Rock? Rap
Country or Pop? Pop, unless it is Josh Turner….his voice is sexy and sublime.
Dance or Sing? One cannot live without the other! What is a song unless it can motivate the body to move? What is a dance unless it compels the heart to sing?
What is your current ring tone? I broke my phone. There are some things one simply does not throw when angry.
What is your current desktop picture? Some man flying in the air with a feather in each hand.