Two men are walking up Dimmitt hill toward Olsen Student Center, one is tall and Caucasion, with a none-too-recognizable face, the other is African with an all-too-recognizable personality.
“Hey, Paul Johnson!” say a couple of girls as they cross paths with the two. The Caucasian man grimaces in embarrassment as he doesn’t know who the two girls are. The African man turns around to speak to the girl.
“Hey Natalie, hey Sarah, how’s it going,” he replies. He seems to know these two very well.
“We missed you at the MAC event last night,” the girl on the right playfully pouts.
“Hey, I had a lot of homework to do,” Johnson defends himself with a smile.
“Suuuure,” the other girl giggles as she walks away with her friend.
The Caucasian man lifts up his head, “How do you know those two, Paul?”
Before he can answer back, the two are greeted by another person who seems to be good friends with Paul…
This is a daily struggle for anyone who may walk to lunch with Paul Johnson: The Most Popular Man on Campus. Very rarely will one find a person on Morningside Campus that does not know the name Paul Johnson. Same goes for the face, the smile, and the laugh, and the personality that go with this character.
His large and attractive personality somewhat contrasts his considerably average-sized and almost standard appearance. At 5’10” with dark skin, dark hair, and dark eyes, one cannot immediately see why so many people are drawn to this figure. Hailing from Nigeria, Johnson is partially known for being the “only Nigerian that [anybody has] ever met,” according to Josh Doering, the tall man that was walking to lunch with Johnson.
The main reason, though, that Johnson knows so many people in the Morningside College student body is the fact that he holds such a large interest for people. “I’m really interested in people. I like to know more about them… Whenever I meet someone new, I want know where they’re from, what they do, why they believe what they believe…” Johnson explains, “I love diversity.”
Johnson is considered unique among the many people on Morningside Campus, which is sometimes attributed to his Nigerian origins, but he himself says that he is different from other Nigerians. “In Nigeria, if there is a person that is older than you and they do something that you know is wrong and you call them out on it… That’s viewed as really disrespectful…” Johnson goes on to explain how that’s something he did a lot back in Nigeria and that was something that would get him in trouble on multiple occasions. “But I feel that here, in America, people are more accepting of that.”
Medication has kicked in and I cannot focus at the moment. Will continue later. This article will include:
- Living on Paul’s Hall and his open door “Paulicy”
- A little bit of backstory, including struggles he’s gone through
- How he’s different from even other Nigerians
- His head balancing talent
- More quotes from Josh (he had a lot of gold)
- What makes Paul, well, Paul
- And maybe some words from the one hater that Paul has (if I can get the interview).