Students You Should Know: Taylor Johnson
Taylor Johnson has come a long way from his humble beginnings growing up on a farm in Le Grand, Iowa. Not only is he a senior accounting major at the University of Northern Iowa, but he is also part owner of the Green Bay Packers.
Johnson's love of numbers and his great experience with a UNI professor led him to major in accounting.
"They're the only publicly owned sports franchise in the world," Johnson explained. "This past year, I bought stock, so at home I have a plaque that says, 'Taylor Johnson, Owner of the Green Bay Packers.'"
This is a testament to Johnson's love of sports. He especially enjoys UNI athletics. "I love going to all the football games and basketball games," he said. "Everyone needs to experience a UNI football game in the UNI-Dome."
Johnson loves sports so much, he came to UNI to study athletic training. However, he found that area of study wasn't for him, and changed his major to accounting.
"I had a great teacher in professor Mark Bauman," Johnson said. "He really made accounting fun, and I enjoyed the class, so I decided to switch to that major."
While his experience in professor Bauman's class inspired him to change his major, Johnson has always had a love of numbers. "In high school, I always loved math and science," he said. "It's a good challenge."
Johnson is no stranger to challenge. He often travels back home to work on his family's farm, sometimes for up to 60 hours a week. "It's helped me learn how to work hard," he said. "I really had to learn how to manage my time."
It appears that Johnson has been doing a good job of making the most of his time. Not only is he attending UNI full time while working on the farm, but he's also president of the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society; president of Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society; and an active member of the UNI Accounting Club.
It's time well spent. His role in UNI's Honors Program has allowed him to take part in the launch of a new student organization, and the accounting club helped him land an internship with an accounting firm.
That's a lot to take on, but Johnson is ready for the challenge.
"I want to be the best that I can," he says. "I try to do everything that I can to the best of my ability so when I look back, I won't have any regrets."