Spotlight on Julia Thurber
This Q and A is a way for you to get to know scholarship recipients and hear their stories.
What new things have you learned about yourself since starting college?
The importance of people. Balancing time. Living holistically. Making time for what’s most important. Being intentional about friendships/relationships. And, of course, my mind now overflows with engineering principles, equations, theories, rules of thumb, experiences, and other knowledge.
What are you wanting to get your degree in?
Please tell us some of your interest or hobbies.
Soccer, ultimate frisbee, art (drawing), crochet, reading, alternative energy, Spanish (language and culture), and cooking (mostly baking)
What is your favorite food?
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Latin America doing engineering
How has the Angela Stanford Foundation Scholarship helped you?
The Angela Stanford Foundation Scholarship eased the financial burden of coming back to college after having cancer. It gave me that flicker of hope that I needed to continue with my education after everything that happened.
How has cancer affected you and your family?
It definitely made us closer. My mom became my constant companion and we did everything together. I learned so much about her during that time. Also, being at home from college gave me more time with my dad and brothers. We grew a lot deeper in our relationships with each other and we understand each other a lot better now.
Do you have a favorite sporting team (baseball, football, basketball, etc…) If so why do you choose to root for them?
Oooo… that’s a hard one. My dad is a Denver Broncos fan and my mom is a New England Patriots fan. I was born in Colorado, so I generally root for them. Otherwise, I like the US soccer teams because I’m an American and like soccer, but sometimes I root for Brazil because I like the way they play so fluidly and naturally—it’s like the soccer ball is an extension of their being.
When you have 30 minutes of free time how do you pass the time?
What is this free time you speak of? I’m an engineering student… If I didn’t have homework or projects? Probably lay in the warm sun in my hammock reading a good book.
Do you have any special talents?
Mmmm…I’m a decent writer. I’m really good at math. I’m good at loving and encouraging people. I’m fairly talented at drawing.
If you could travel to any one place for a day where would it be? Why?
Just a day? I want to live in Central America… I’d like to visit Brazil for a few months… For just a day? Maybe London or someplace beautiful in Europe. I’d love to see the Eifel tower.
What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?
1. Travel the world and experience new and different cultures
2. Use engineering to help a community (Global service)
3. Marry someone with whom I could travel the world
What store would you like to max out your credit card?
Who wants to max out their credit card?! Walmart…?
If you had 10 minutes on a popular TV talk show, what would you want to talk about?
The difference love can make in someone’s life—that it’s an intentional choice to love someone, an action. And, that this action (as a lifestyle choice) completely changes the way you look at life—yes, it makes you a better person, but, more importantly, it makes you live life abundantly. The love of God allows you to look at any circumstance, to face any fear, and still maintain an inner joy—a positive outlook on life. I wish more people realized that.
What type of music do you enjoy listening to?
A lot of contemporary Christian—Tenth Avenue North, Stellar Kart, Relient K, Hillsong, Jesus Culture, Hawk Nelson, Newsboys
Coke or Pepsi?
Chocolate or Vanilla?
Chocolate—especially chocolate brownie or chocolate covered strawberry
If you could have dinner with 3 people dead or alive who would you choose?
Hmmm… that’s a hard one. I’d have to think more about it.
Have you ever attended an LPGA Tour event?
At what age did you start to enjoy writing? Why is it a passion of yours?
Wow, I’m not sure I can remember. I tried to write a novel in fourth or fifth grade, but I never got past a chapter or two (all handwritten). I started enjoying writing as a form of self-expression and began writing creatively in eighth grade. Writing is incredible in that it is simultaneously a way of communicating and a form of art; writing ranges from scribbled class notes to calligraphic poetry to diary entries. The words you choose can be intentional or haphazard. Writing allows incredible flexibility and expression. This is why I enjoy writing as well as drawing; they allow me to express myself artistically.
What is your favorite restaurant in the Dallas/Ft.Worth area?
I love the scenery and atmosphere of Joe T. Garcia’s. Golden China in Southlake is smaller, but has incredible Chinese food.
Do you have any pets?
Two Chihuahua dogs—Sammie and Alvin
What is your favorite movie? Favorite book?
Pride and Prejudice with Kiera Knightley and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Album
If you could pick a profession what would you choose?
Engineering—I really love it; engineering suits me very well.
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