Extraordinary Volunteer and Scholar
by Donna Childs
are volunteers at a Multnomah County Library. One of those, Julia Yu, is a recent Franklin High School graduate who will attend Emory University in Atlanta in the fall. (The other volunteer, Enat Arega, is the sister of library volunteer Melaku Arega, who was featured in a previous Volunteer Spotlight in August 2013.)
Julia is a charming, hard-working, talented young woman who has volunteered at the Holgate Library since 7th grade, for a total of almost 500 hours. She started because she loved reading and because the library was a refuge after school while her parents worked. Over the years, she has helped with Summer Reading, worked as a branch assistant, and served on the Teen Council, spending as many as four days a week at Holgate Library in the summer.
Not only is she a top student and library volunteer, but Julia was very active in her school’s Key Club, Red Cross chapter, and National Honor Society. A natural leader, Julia was Key Club Secretary, Preparedness Coordinator at the Red Cross, and Vice President of the National Honor Society. She initiated several events to improve the Honor Society, increasing membership from 70 to over 180 students.
There isn’t space in this brief profile to list everything this impressive young woman has accomplished already. She wrote eight essays for her Gates application, before school began in September. She worked for six months as an intern at OHSU, all day every Saturday, which included lectures and lab research on proteins. She plans to major in biology at Emory and pursue a career in medicine. She works in the summers with the Gear-Up college preparatory program and has been president of the math club at Franklin. Keep an eye on this young woman - she will go far!
A Few Facts About Julia
What book has most influenced you? Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
What is your favorite book from childhood? the Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer
What is your reading guilty pleasure? Supernatural reads such as The Vampire Diaries (L.J. Smith), Thirst (Christopher Pike), and The Walking Dead (Robert Kirkman)
Where is your favorite place to read? In my room on my comfy bed.