Sophomore recognized for modeling Ut Prosim


Julia is a sophomore studying physics and clinical neuroscience. Her nomination details her embodiment of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), and it reads as follows:

“Julia has actively lived the Aspiration of embracing Ut Prosim as a way of life ever since she began school at Virginia Tech last year. In her daily life, she gives back to the community in many ways. For example, she is currently a mentor for the Curie and Da Vinci Living-Learning Communities. By taking on this role, Julia is working to help ease the transition between high school and college while providing a strong foundation at Virginia Tech for numerous freshmen within the community. She always makes time to hang out with her mentees and makes them feel welcome not only to the community, but to Virginia Tech as a whole.

“Another role as a mentor is planning community events for each semester. As part of her mentor group, Julia has led a service event through the living-learning community. Julia has participated in note taking for several classes through Services for Students with Disabilities. She has also participated in service projects such as The Big Event to help the local communities around Virginia Tech.

“At the end of last year, Julia formed a club called Saving Hearts Foundation at Virginia Tech. By creating a branch of this foundation on campus, Julia has successfully planned and executed free heart screenings for several hundred Virginia Tech students. She also plans to hold these screenings at a local high school in Blacksburg while continuing to work towards preventing sudden cardiac arrest. Running this club is no small feat, and it is one of the many reasons she has impressed me in her commitment to live her life in service to others. She is always willing to help others, even if it’s with something as small as homework.

“Julia has many plans to remain active in the spirit of Ut Prosim for the future. For example, Julia plans to remain with the Curie and Da Vinci LLCs as a super mentor, as they transition into the Orion LLC next year. By taking on this role, she will guide upcoming sophomore mentors on how to better help their incoming freshman mentees. This transition includes increased community responsibilities and a much larger leadership role for the community.

“Julia stands out to me by how much of her time is dedicated to helping others. Through her time here at Tech, she has already managed to help so many people. Whether note taking in class, running a club to help the local community, or simply hanging out with kids in her residence hall, Julia is always ready and willing to serve others.”

Julia’s commitment to serving others makes our campus and community a better place, and I’m pleased to present her with the Aspire! Award for embracing UT PROSIM as a way of life.