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Julia Wisniewski

Julia Wisniewski

Julia graduated from the Honors Program at Drexel University in 2015 with her BS in Psychology and MS in Elementary Education. She started working for the Honors Program at Drexel immediately after graduation.

L's Taken

3+ "Thank you for applying but..."

  • SO many Philadelphia charter schools
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Education positions (too many to count!)

4 Things I swore I'd finish but never did…

  • Double major
  • Minor
  • Student Organizations
  • Study Abroad application

3 Everyday L's of Life:

  • I've lost too many keys and IDs to count in my own home, only to find them months/years later
  • I have taken the wrong subway/bus too many times to count
  • I've sent many MANY drafted emails too early!

1 Failures that seemed like the end of the world back then but don't matter in hindsight:

  • I graduated from school thinking I wanted to be an elementary school teacher, but took a job in higher education instead. I spent a year in higher ed LOVING my job, but feeling guilty that I didn't follow my "calling". I ended up taking a position as an elementary school teacher a year later and realizing it just wasn't for me! I quit within a month and ended right back up in higher ed in my same position. I have NEVER looked back and love what I do!

6 Regrets I have:

  • Not being kinder to myself when things did not go according to plan
  • Forcing myself to have a plan in the first place!
  • Not realizing sooner that NO ONE knows what they are doing - we are all pretending to have our lives together, when everyone is taking it one day at a time.
  • Being too intimidated to talk to faculty/professional staff members when I was a student in college
  • Being embarrassed easily when making mistakes
  • Not studying abroad in college!

On the Bright Side

2 Memories I made when I wasn't studying/working

  • I met my best friend in an elevator 10 years ago- we were both on our way to a dance class and have been dancing together ever since!
  • After a long day of co-op work abroad in Greece, I took the afternoon to have some self-care time. I went to buy myself some flowers and met a wonderful florist who loved my headband. She wanted one similar for her daughter to wear on her wedding day and I gave it to her! Long story short- she invited me to her daughter's wedding in Greece, and, we still keep in touch!

3 Things I've learned that will still matter in 10 years

  • Even the most intimidating people you will encounter are all human and flawed (and they all poop!!) Once I remind myself of those basic truths, things feel less scary.
  • Empathy overrides any other skillset you have at your job.
  • Burnout is real and sometimes you can loose yourself in the daily grind. I try to put things in perspective and close my laptop when the day is over.

2 Books I've read for fun:

  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
  • Coloring books

3 Things I'm proud of that you won't see on a resume

  • I'm a friend and dog mom.
  • I've kept (most) of my houseplants alive this year!
  • I have quit a LOT of things in my life - grad school, jobs, etc. But I don't regret any of it and I am proud that I allowed myself to make those hard choices.

3 Unconventional skills:

  • I can point out where weird guest stars are from on TV shows
  • I can wash and dry dishes REALLY fast
  • I can sense when my dog has gotten into trouble from another room (its usually when its too quiet)

2 Quirks that make me who I am:

  • Drinking too much coffee
  • Buying too many plants and water bottles from Target

3 Obstacles I have overcome:

  • Changing my professional path a LOT of times
  • Failing at things
  • Making mistakes
  • Dealing with loss and rejection

1 Things I've done that pushed me out of my comfort zone:


1 Leaps of faith:

  • Applying to grad school the quitting grad school then reapplying to grad school to then go to grad school

3 Life events that have made me stronger:

  • Moving to a new city
  • Mourning the loss of family and friends
  • Asking for help even when it felt embarrassing