Julia is a junior in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources. She is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Diagnostic Genetic Sciences with a concentration in Cytogenetics along with a minor in Spanish. After graduation, she hopes to continue her education at graduate school and eventually work as a genetic counselor or clinical geneticist specializing in prenatal diagnostics and birth defects.
On campus, Julia is involved in a spectrum of activities. Her freshman year, she pledged Alpha Beta Epsilon, a biology fraternity, and is currently an active brother. She also served as a Leader for the UConn Week of Welcome program. She has two jobs at Gampel Pavilion (Go Huskies!) and at a local gym. During the summer between her sophomore and junior year, she was able to work in a cancer bio-marker research lab at the Yale School of Medicine, where she got to learn about tumor development and various forms of immunotherapy. Julia became a College Ambassador her junior year as a way to emerge herself in all that the college has to offer, and hopefully help prospective students do the same in the near future.
High School Attended: Edwin O. Smith High School in Storrs, CT
Favorite Dairy Bar Ice Cream Flavor: Raspberry Sorbet
Three Pieces of Advice for Prospective Students:
- Don’t be limited by what your friends want to do. If you see a club you’d like to join, a class you’d like to take, or a place that you would like to visit, but none of your friends want to come along, do it on your own! College is the perfect place to practice your independence and do exactly what you want to do, and UConn has so many different opportunities that there is bound to be at least one thing you really want to try.
- Try not to compare yourself to others, especially in your classes. Everyone learns and does things a different way, and feeling bad about yourself because somebody got a better grade than you on something will only hinder your conscience. Instead, focus on your own successes and learn from your own failures. Keep a clear mind and treat yourself when you accomplish something great! It will make success come along a whole lot easier.
- Sometimes it seems like graduation will never come along, but four years go by quickly. Take a step back and appreciate how lucky you are to be here, because more likely than not some of the best memories of your life will be made here.