Senior outside hitter Adria
Johnson of the women's indoor volleyball team tells us how faith, relationships
and volleyball have guided her college career thus far and her plans for the
Q: How did you get into volleyball?
A: My best friend in middle school invited me to tryouts and I made it. From there, I started playing club volleyball and I've been playing ever since.
Q: What lead you to make the decision to finish high school early and come to Pepperdine?
A: I lived in the same town, same house and went to the same school, same church my entire life so I was ready for a change. I've also always done things differently. It wasn't planned but I had the opportunity and it just made sense. Since volleyball is a fall start it was really nice because I could settle in during the spring semester before starting volleyball in the fall.
Q: It seems as if everyone on campus knows you. How important is it to build relationships with your peers?
A: I've had this evolving list of core values and building relationships has remained number one. I love people so much. People are really important to me because I get my energy from being around fun people.
Q: How has Pepperdine influenced the fostering of these relationships? For example, are you involved in clubs, or other extracurricular activities aside from volleyball?
A: I go to UM, the ministry, which is the only thing that I've done consistently. I think the atmosphere at Pepperdine has really influenced the development of my community. Being such a small school, I get to see all of the same people every day, which is cool because then those relationships can grow. Also, the faith-based community really helps because I believe that it unifies people and brings them together.
Q: You are choosing to graduate early from Pepperdine as well. How did you make that decision?
A: It's been a really long process but I'm at peace with my decision. The struggle is that I love my team so much but I think that I am ready I believe that the Lord is pushing me in a direction that is really intentional and although I don't know that that is yet, I'm choosing to trust in Him.
Q: How are you feeling about your final season as a Wave?
A: So good! We've had a great start and have been playing really hard. This year we have a smaller group of girls but we are all really committed and looking toward the same goals. A lot of our success is based in our strong relationships with one another, which I think gives us the upper hand over other teams. The girls are the best and I love spending every day with them. I'm also looking forward to hopefully bringing home a conference win with them this year.
Q: What are your plans post-graduation?
A: I want to do The World Race, which is a ministry opportunity where you go to different countries over the course of a year, and do service as well as teach them about the Lord. After that, I'm excited to see the different ways I can use my advertising degree and what facets will be most valuable to me. I'm not completely sure what lies ahead but I'm excited to find out.