“My Suffolk journey has been wonderful because of the powerfully driven people I have met along the way.”
Julia Lewis Politics, Philosophy & Economics Major, Class of 2022
Julia's Suffolk Story

These past four years at Suffolk have been nothing short of a great adventure. Entering college, I was blown away by how welcoming, warm, and intelligent the professors and people were. Everyone was working toward their dreams with optimism and a passion for encouraging others to do the same. 

I had thought that to succeed in college, I would have to compete for a seat at the table. I was so wrong. Suffolk students and faculty are greatly invested in your success and will do everything they can to support, mentor, and inspire you to take chances. I am most grateful for the way this community gathers around you and lifts you up to new experiences and opportunities that you will take with you for the rest of your life. My Suffolk journey has been wonderful because of the powerfully driven people I have met along the way.

I am looking to pursue environmental law. Suffolk offered all the interdisciplinary experiences I would need to succeed in both legal and environmental work. I studied abroad in Madrid and was able to experience dune restoration and conservation projects in the Basque Country. I was a project leader for Eastie Farm, helping to bring fresh produce to a wonderful community. I found my voice in the Madrid Debate Club, competed in the Eastern Regional Moot Court competition, and dove deeper into my major as the vice president of the Politics, Philosophy, and Economics Club. I was able to give back to the Suffolk student body as a CLAS writing tutor, Ballotti Scholar, and tutor mentor for three years. 

Whether abroad or right here in Boston, opportunities present themselves in so many forms. You just have to trust yourself and step up to the task!

With help from my Suffolk professors, I completed one of the most exciting projects of my college career: my PPE capstone on a proposed regional sea-gate system for Boston Harbor to protect the coast from storm surges. Also with a Suffolk professor, I helped edit an upcoming environmental science textbook focused on Africa. Postgraduation, I will be traveling to Tanzania to continue research and photograph key species. 

Through long talks with professors, academic advisors, career advisors, and those in the field, I have been able to envision my future endeavors with a clarity and direction I could never have achieved alone. My Suffolk journey has not just been about finding out who I am, but about finding out who I can become. I am so happy with my decision to attend Suffolk. I will take every lesson I learned with me as I take my next steps.

Portrait of Suffolk student Julia in her cap and gown.

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