Josef graduated from high school with a 3.9 GPA and enough credits from Advanced Placement (AP) exams to skip an entire year of college. This allowed him to complete a five-year combined BA/MA program in Economics at Boston University. He also completed a comprehensive minor in Sustainable Energy and was a part of the Kilachand Honors College. He graduated Manga Cum Laude and with honors in the Economics major for the completion of his thesis, which analyzed the economic impact of rising sea surface temperatures on small island developing states.
In high school, Josef led the development of mentoring curricula for 7th grade students and oversaw training and leadership development for mentors. In college, he used his experience to work one-on-one with students who were on academic probation to develop an academic plan and the relevant skills necessary to improve their performance. He also provided one-on-one sessions to over 100 different students in undergraduate economics courses offered at Boston University. He worked with these students across many sessions, helping them to develop a plan for the semester.
During his spare time, Josef loves to work out at the gym, go to concerts, and read a good book on the Charles River Esplanade.