Hello Slugs, and welcome back to our Friday feature of CAPS Student Heroes! Today we are proud to introduce Julia Dunn, a first year student and a member of our Student Advisory Board! We are so happy to have her – thanks for everything you do, Julia!
What’s your favorite part about being a UCSC student?
I love being a UCSC student because ever since I arrived here at the end of September as a freshman, I have been valued, welcomed, appreciated and heard at this school. UC Santa Cruz has a way of authentically recognizing the power of diversity that seems incredibly unique to this campus. Never have I been in an environment so conducive to collaboration and free expression of identity, especially in my college, College Ten, with the theme “Social Justice and Community.” When I walk around each day going to classes and extracurricular activities, I feel I am contributing to positivity that is making a global change. I never feel there are any barriers between me and those who come from different backgrounds–UCSC seems to bring everybody together for a common purpose of equality and acceptance.
Tell us about something you’re passionate about outside of school (e.g., clubs, hobbies, interests, volunteering, activities, etc.)
I have so so so many interests! But my top passions are poetry and writing, music, and LGBTQIA activism. In my time that isn’t occupied by homework or serving on the CAPS SAB, I am an active member in College Ten’s Triangle Club, I work on the staff of two literary magazines on campus (Chinquapin and Matchbox Magazine), and recently I learned I will be representing College Ten on the Cantu Queer Center’s Residential Student Council this year. I fill my days with a variety of activities that leave me little free time to sit down and play Two Dots or Crossy Road (the best iPhone games ever), but I wouldn’t give up any of them because I truly love them all. As much as I wish I could have more free days, I know that everything I’m choosing to use my time for is what I have always wanted to do.
If you could share one thing that you’d like your peers to know about CAPS, what would it be?
CAPS exists to help you! Never be afraid to go to CAPS for fear that CAPS will not act in your best interest. There is nothing wrong with asking for help for any reason. CAPS will ensure you are safe and content, providing you with resources that will preserve your sanity when college stress challenges it. Every member of the CAPS staff is committed to students – I have witnessed this firsthand from working with a number of them on the CAPS SAB. They are wonderful, compassionate people who go to great lengths to give students what they need!