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Alumni Spotlight: Julia Band Orange '22

Julia Band Orange ‘22 was in Grade 9 when she traveled to the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick as part of the Integrated Canadian Experience (ICE), a unique interdisciplinary program developed by York teachers with a focus on experiential learning.
Once there, the class visited the Huntsman Marine Science Centre where Julia had an opportunity to work in the lab with samples of ocean water that showed traces of microplastics. “The hands-on experiences we had during ICE were transformative for me,” recalls Julia. “Seeing the evidence first-hand sparked my overall interest in climate change and biology, specifically in how human behaviour is impacting the environment and sea life.” During her time at York, Julia continued exploring her interest in marine biology and her love of research while immersing herself in student life. A member of the varsity soccer team and student council executive, Julia also served as a debate captain for three years, played baritone in the concert band, and established the Rare Diseases Awareness Week at the school shortly after arriving in Grade 7.  “I had a lot going on when I was at York,” Julia says. “Learning to balance those commitments with a heavy academic load helped me develop time management and organizational skills that continue to come in handy, especially now in my second year at university.”

Julia also credits the University Counselling team for helping her find the perfect fit for her post-secondary pursuits at Boston University, where she's in the Marine Program and minoring in English. Because American schools have a different timeline for applying, Julia feels especially grateful to York for giving her a head start by encouraging her participation in the early application process.  “I was looking for a school in an urban setting that offered a balance of strong academics and social activities,” Julia explains. “The University Counselling team was instrumental in gauging my interests and helping me understand all the logistics.” As Julia settles into her sophomore year, she continues to thrive academically and socially. Now a proud member of Boston University’s renowned Pep Band, Julia and her fellow musicians travel with the teams and provide the live soundtrack at all school basketball and hockey games. “It’s a big time commitment, but also a lot of fun,” says Julia. “I arrived here feeling prepared for the challenge and the experience has been amazing!”

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