Julia Lawrence


Julia Lawrence

College Essay Specialist

B.A. Johns Hopkins University
M.A. Temple University

Introduce yourself:

I once imagined I'd be a museum curator, going so far as to study hieroglyphics as a teenager - so as an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins, I majored in anthropology. But with time, I came to find that my real passion lay with writing - expressing internal truths and using language as an exquisite tool. So, with a little soul-searching, my academic interests turned towards creative writing, and I soon found myself pursuing my Masters in English at Temple University, which ultimately led me to become a high school English teacher. Very few things bring me as much joy as seeing someone connect with a great book, or write something that is truly from their core.


Fun Facts:

  • I'm a total trivia junkie. I competed on Jeopardy! in 2015 - alas, I did not win
  • In spite of my years and years in the Philadelphia area, I'm a die-hard Mets fan. I haven't missed Spring Training since 2002 (except for in 2015. Because of Jeopardy!)
  • I share my home with my husband, Sam, along with an enormous cat named Alex Trebek and a Peke-Pug named Susie. Susie likes Alex. Alex does not like Susie.


Pop Quiz:

If I were a dean of admissions this is an essay prompt that I'd want students to answer: What is a book, film, album, or television show that has left you feeling, "wow, that is the most me thing ever," and why?

What do you spend too much time doing? Either grading essays carefully, cooking, or watching re-runs of the Great British Bake-Off

If you were the protagonist in an epic adventure, whether a game, novel, or movie, what would your ultimate quest be? To discover the complete pattern-sets of neurons that generate each human emotion - learning everything from a magical talking computer. I don't just want to learn what makes us tick - I want to see it, too!

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