Julia was born in Seoul, Korea and grew up in Manhattan. Ever since she was a small child, she has been curious about how things in the body work. In high school, she fell in love with the brain in her freshman biology class and went on to study neuroscience and music at MIT, where she focused on molecular mechanism research in learning and memory, as well as classical piano and jazz voice. She graduated with a 4.8/5.0 GPA and was admitted to Harvard Medical School’s MD program, but she chose to defer it for a year in order to continue her neurobiology research through a Fulbright Scholarship in Göttingen, Germany. After a year of eating potatoes and sausages and learning German, she moved back to Boston and began an MD program at Harvard.
Julia has experience working with students of all ages. She has worked as an associate academic advisor and orientation leader for MIT freshmen, and she was a music director of a competitive MIT a cappella group. She mentored middle school students as part of a STEM outreach program at MIT and taught biology and chemistry in a middle and high school in Germany. She has extensive experience coaching college students through the process of applying to medical school. In short, she is passionate about helping students find their paths toward medicine, whether as an academic tutor or a medical school admissions coach.
Julia loves music, the outdoors, and powerlifting. She frequently performs and records classical piano or pop/R&B voice. She is usually concocting some plan of solo adventure, whether it be a month hiking through the Alps in 3 countries or a week biking up the New England coast.