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Faces: : Julia S

Places:  Logan Square, Chicago, IL

Oh my!:  Chicago reunion with a college friend and my first night time shoot

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Introducing…Miss Julia S, aka J-sta.

Julia is my girl.  Whenever I need a listening ear, an affirming word, or an appreciative soul, Julia is where to go. Julia is a good friend and former neighbor back from my undergraduate years.  Her Freshman year, my Sophomore, we lived next door to each other on good ol’ Fischer three-west and would exchange back massages and pity stories after long, stressful hours of study.  As the years have gone on, our relationship has done the opposite of drift apart with distance and time.  Through several visits and phone calls, we’ve grown closer and come to know one another even more.  These pictures are from one of these visits in Logan Square, Chicago–the same neighborhood I had lived in a year prior to her lease.  We had just missed being neighbors again, but luckily got to visit with one another in our lovely hipsterville before moving on to grad school…

Here’s a little Q&A to get to know Julia a little better:

Q:  Tell us a little bit about yourself.  What are you currently studying, and how did you pick this program?

A:  I’m currently doing a master’s program in Higher Education & Student Affairs. I really enjoy working with college students and being part of their story. For me, college was a formative experience that I really appreciated. My college experience was definitely impacted by the staff, faculty, and administrators who believed in me and helped me succeed, and I hope I can do the same for students someday.

Q:  What was your favorite pet you had as a child and why?

My parakeet. She kept me company for a good eight years, and she was delusionally in love with another stuffed bird I had. It was endearing.

Q:  What’s your best memory of high school?

A:  Volleyball trips and tournaments. They were a nice change of pace from the everyday routine because we got to travel to different cities and states. We always had some good laughs, and I would notoriously fall asleep on the bus no matter how long the trip was. What can I say? Power naps help my game.

Q:  What is the most rewarding experience you have had and what made it so?

Missions and humanitarian work overseas. These experiences continue to challenge me to think about the connectedness of humanity. I think these experiences not only taught me that I have something valuable to contribute to the lives of others but also that I also have a lot to learn from others. The people I met and worked with overseas have amazed me with their strength, their sacrifice, and their love of life.



Q:  Since we met in college, what was your undergraduate major?  And what influenced you to choose that major?

A:  English Literature. I loved studying English Literature because I’ve always been captivated by stories. Stories have the ability to communicate the human experience in a way that is unique and profound. They allow us to consider a chain of events from a perspective other than our own and imagine the pains and joys that affect others. Literature discloses and hones in on the subtleties of of people’s stories that often go overlooked, and I think that’s beautiful.

Q:  Great answer!  What fictional character’s story have you most identified with?

A:  Anne Elliot from Jane Austen’s Persuasion, not because of her situation but because I think we’re similar in some respects.  I think she always hopes that things end up the way they are supposed to, and I’m like that, too. However, one of my high school English teachers once told me that I reminded her of Spinelli’s Stargirl, and I would have to agree with that as well. Stargirl is very unique, and though I’m not as strange as her, I definitely like to be my own woman.

Q:  I love that book!  One of my dear friends from college gave me that book as a gift and told me that I was her Stargirl.  Although some may take it as an insult because she is such an odd character, I was delighted.  I tried to read it to a boy I dated, but he fell asleep!  How rude.  Anyway, it’s one of my favorites. What is your favorite book?

A:  Jane Eyre.

Q: And what is your latest read?

A:  Strange Pilgrims by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Q:  I know you are not only well-read, but are also a very good writer.  What will be the title of your best selling novel?

A:  I don’t want to give it away! You’ll just have to wait until it gets published.


Q:  Now for some random questions.  Which actor/actress would you never go out with?

A:  Vince Vaughn. I’ve never really thought he was funny.

Q:  What is the most important thing in a relationship?

Loyalty.

Q: If you knew today was your last day on Earth, how would you spend it, and why?

A:  I would convince my friends to do ridiculous things with me. We would laugh hysterically, film it, and then show clips at my funeral (if it was just my last day and not the end of the world). Funerals cost a ridiculous amount of money so I might as well try to make it a good time for people.

Q:  I love that answer!  Much better than the typical, cheesy “tell everyone I love them” one.  Who or what inspires you, and why?

A:  Friends who give good hugs. A good hug can make you feel like a million dollars.

Q:  Do I give good hugs?

A:  Yes!

Q:  Good.  If you had to be someone else for a day, who would you be?

A:  Someone of the male gender. I’d just really like to know if the way they think and experience the world is really that different from the way women see things.

Well, there you have it, everyone.  The awesome Jsta!  See why I love her?  Here’s one last picture to close:

If you know Julia personally and have any stories or comments to share, please do in the comment box below!

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