Meet Julia, a student at University of Rochester studying Health Policy.


Name: Julia
Age: 19
School/University: University of Rochester
Area of Study: Health Policy with minors in Digital Media and Photography

Non-Academic Interests: Photography, Music, and impulsively cutting my hair!

What's your top study tip?

Do not leave big projects or papers till the last minute! Once you’re assigned a big project, go through the assignment and try to break it down into smaller tasks, and then give yourself a task every day until your project is complete. This way you can spend your Sunday nights watching Netflix instead of cramming to finish the project until midnight.

What advice would you give to yourself before you began college?

Build strong relationships with the people in your intended major early on. Within the first couple of weeks of my freshman year, I met up with a couple of TAs I admired, and it was one of the best decisions I made. Not only did I end up making some great friends, but I also connected with people who gave me some great advice and tips for navigating my major during freshman year.

What’s your superpower?

My superpower is being straightforward and honest with my teachers, friends, and peers. This is helpful when I’m lost in one of my classes, navigating through a group project with my peers, or when I need to have a deep talk with a friend. I’ve always found that being direct is incredibly efficient for problem-solving, so I try to bring out my “superpower” as much as possible.

What gets you up in the morning?

As someone who has struggled with depression and anxiety, I am constantly motivated by my progress in my recovery. When I reflect on the past couple of months to a year, I feel extremely grateful to be alive and to finally understand the sentiment, "it gets better."

How do you use your planner and what are your best tips for using your planner?

I use my planner every week to keep track of my courses, club meetings, social life, and everything in between. I love to color-code everything and even draw along the borders with a new theme every week. With that in mind, I’d say my #1 tip for using your class tracker planner is to claim it as your own & make planning and organization fun for you! For me, this means using an abundance of stickers, doodles, and markers to help motivate me throughout the week.

Do you have any self-care tips?

Self-care is all about balance – after graduating high school, I redefined productivity to include quality time with friends, working out, and alone time to recharge. It seems almost silly to define “hanging out with friends” as something that could be productive, but if your long-term goal is to be a happy and well-adjusted person, it’s extremely important to build long-lasting relationships to reach that goal. In high school, I solely focused on academic & career-based goals which in turn made me feel extremely guilty for doing anything fun or relaxing. After redefining productivity and reinforcing a more balanced lifestyle, I have become a happier and healthier person.