• Class of 2018

  • Major Biopsychology

Julia came to Loyola interested in health care leadership and, after declaring a major in biopsychology through Loyola's Pre-Health Program, began to seriously consider nursing. "Dr. Maiju Gardner was a huge help to me in this process," says Julia, who grew up in Baltimore. "When I told her I wanted to be a nurse, she helped me choose which classes to take and identify field experiences that I should look into." She narrowed her academic focus to Loyola's Pre-Nursing Track and began volunteering at the NICU at Baltimore's Mercy Medical Center, where she works directly with patients. After she graduates, Julia will pursue either an accelerated second bachelor's degree in nursing or direct entry into a master's program in the field. She hopes to become a neonatal or pediatric nurse practitioner. "In my journey here, the faculty have supported me and made me confident in my applications and in myself," says Julia, who has served as a resident assistant and is a member of Loyola's Peer Conduct Board and Psi Chi, the national psychology honor society.

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