During move-in week ’19, we asked UI faculty members to tell us a story about their own experience of leaving home for the first time. Here’s UI College of Law professor Eric Johnson, who earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and his JD from the University of Michigan.
“Before I started at the University of Washington, I’d always just hung around with the same few friends from my neighborhood in Seattle. So I didn’t have highly developed — or, really, any — social skills.
“When I showed up at my dorm room for the first time and found my new roommate sitting at his desk, I didn’t say hello or introduce myself. I just began unpacking. Very awkwardly.
“Fortunately, my dad was just a few steps behind me. He made the necessary introductions. Things got better eventually.”