Video Profile: Wire technician supports his wife through pharmacy studies

Kassidy Biss
Oxford Stories

Many people come to Oxford on an educational journey through the University of Mississippi.

Rashawn Johnson, of Columbia, Mississippi, lives in Oxford with his wife Niasha Johnson, a pharmacy student. When he has a free moment, he likes to game.

“My favorite game currently is Rocket League,” he said. “I like the objective of the game and the music. Playing with friends online via Xbox Live is one of the best parts of my day.”

Rocket League is a vehicular soccer video game developed and published by Psyonix. The game was first released for Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 4 in July 2015 with ports for Xbox One, macOS, Linux, and Nintendo Switch being released later on.

Johnson enjoys playing cross platform with others. Rocket League is one of the few cross-platform games. A cross-platform computer product or system is a product or system that can work across multiple types of platforms or operating environments.

Different kinds of cross-platform systems include both hardware and software systems, and systems with separate builds for each platform and other broader systems designed to work the same way across multiple platforms.

Johnson is a wire technician from Oxford’s branch of AT&T. Daily duties of a wire technician include running wire, creating data connections, installing network racks, maintaining records, performing clerical duties, and providing wiring job estimates.

He said being married to a UM student is challenging because their schedules may clash, and his wife must study frequently.

One of the most stressful aspects of Johnson’s life is his upcoming marriage ceremony. He and his wife are already legally married, but the Johnsons had to postpone the ceremony until early June due to his wife’s course load.  Now that the semester is coming to a close, the Johnsons can finally plan their wedding.

Niasha Johnson will finish her degree in Jackson at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, so the Johnsons are also moving in July to Jackson. Rashawn said he will miss living in Oxford.

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