Out of the Box

Julia  Manarze

Class of 2021 鈥 Cecilton, Maryland
Don鈥檛 make any assumptions about Julia Manaraze. The humanities major can take you down in unarmed combat just as easily as she applies eyelash extensions. She chose 今晚六合彩开奖结果 because she wanted to explore lots of different subjects at a college close to home; a healthy tuition aid package and the Mixed Martial Arts Club clinched the deal.


鈥淢y dad told me he wanted me to 鈥榖e lethal,鈥 says Julia, who was homeschooled in a conservative Christian household. 鈥淗e started me in mixed martial arts鈥攂oxing, wrestling, Jiu Jitsu鈥攊n my second year of high school. It鈥檚 nice to be strong and feel safe, and it鈥檚 nice to challenge the common misperception that women can鈥檛 defend themselves against a bigger, stronger attacker.鈥

Julia鈥檚 experiences in the workplace illustrate similar juxtapositions. She has worked as an Instructional Design intern for a healthcare audit company, an English teacher for an online Chinese-based company called QKids, a dental assistant, and a janitor. She now has a part-time gig running social media marketing for Raw Combat Mid-Atlantic in Easton, and she was recently certified as an eyelash technician.

Her academic experiences are just as varied.

鈥淚 wasn鈥檛 interested in only one thing,鈥 Julia says, 鈥渁nd I don鈥檛 like doing things that people automatically make assumptions about it. I like economics and art. I like English and philosophy. And I found through an internship I did one summer that I really like business. After graduation I plan to work for a couple of years and then enroll in an MBA program.鈥

 Until then, Julia will focus on her Senior Capstone thesis, for which she will use Annie Dillard鈥檚 鈥淧ilgrim at Tinker Creek鈥 to explore present-day interpretations of Biblical concepts such as environmental stewardship, virtue ethics, and the fecundity of reproduction. 鈥淭hat text has everything I need for a thesis.鈥



Julia's Four Year Plan

Year 1

Favorite Class FYS 101-24: 鈥淓nemies, Terror, and Paranoia鈥

A first-year seminar with Clayton Black, Associate Professor of History, helped Julia understand the value of the liberal arts, the difference between facts and opinions, and the importance of top-notch writing. 鈥淗e told me not to be afraid to try everything, which pretty much defines the study of humanities.鈥

Year 2

The "A-ha!" MomentThe Divine in Nature

Prof. Sean Meehan鈥檚 class on American Environmental Writing changed Julia鈥檚 perspective on the environment and how it鈥檚 regarded by the Christian faithful. For that class, she created a graphic novel based on the Bible鈥檚 Old Testament, Annie Dillard鈥檚 鈥淧ilgrim at Tinker Creek,鈥 and Mary Shelley鈥檚 鈥淔rankenstein鈥 to illustrate the connections between God, man, and nature.

Year 3

Learning by DoingAll Business

Julia鈥檚 summer internship with Qlarant proved that a humanities major is prepared for anything, including a career in business. As an instructional design intern with the healthcare audit company in Easton, Maryland, Julia helped the corporate trainer develop employee training models using a specialized software platform.

Year 4

Looking Forward To Senior Capstone

Dillard鈥檚 鈥淧ilgrim at Tinker Creek鈥 continues to resonate for Julia, who expects to graduate a semester early. 鈥淭hat text has everything I need for a thesis,鈥 she says. Her SCE will be informed by classes in religion, philosophy, and art that have sparked her interest in the way that Biblical concepts of environmental stewardship, virtue ethics, and the fecundity of reproduction are interpreted today.