As a child, Julia lived in various countries, which led her to become fascinated in other cultures and languages. Since then, Julia has traveled all over the world and has attended school in over six countries. Her deepest interest is in Asia. As an undergraduate, Julia graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz, where she wrote an honors thesis on Chinese landscape painting. She also attended the University of California Berkeley, where she studied Japanese, French and Chinese. She then lived in Japan for a few years. Upon returning to the US, she embarked on a master’s degree in East Asian Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, a school celebrated for its East Asian Buddhism program. She is now a PhD candidate in East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard, where she studies Japanese, Chinese, and Indian Buddhist practices and the history of thought. Julia has worked as an editor for university professors as well as for bilingual books.
Julia has been teaching and tutoring since she was in high school. She taught health education to college, high school, and junior high school students for many years for the city of Berkeley, and, since entering graduate school, she has taught a variety of university courses at both Harvard and UCLA. She has also tutored extensively in professional English for foreign professors and young professionals who are working or teaching in the United States. She enjoys students of all age levels and has worked extensively with younger children, as well. At Cambridge Coaching, Julia especially delights in helping students with their writing, language construction and the intricacies of speech, structuring essays, as well as learning to read faster and for key information.
Outside of her studies, Julia loves to go on long walks by the Charles, practice yoga, bike, read novels, write, and travel.