Julia Sproch, ’18

Name: Julia Sproch
Major: Biology
Minor: Nutrition
Projected Graduation/Class Year: May 2018
Hometown: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Sports/Clubs/Organizations: Honors Program, Epsilon Sigma Alpha Service Organization- primary philanthropy is St. Jude Children’s Hospital, La Salle Explorer’s Advocating Nutrition- nutrition club; I am on the executive board, National Eating Disorder Awareness Week Committee, La Salle Field Hockey, Yellow Ribbon Club

What helped you decide on majoring in Biology?
I was always interested in science growing up. I remember writing a letter to NASA, having a science computer game, and asking my parents for experiments kits for my birthday. That being said, I didn’t know I wanted to major in biology until high school, when I read an article about researchers creating artificial organs. I just thought it was really cool!

What do you hope to do with your degree after graduating?
I am currently applying to biomedical science Ph.D. programs with a focus on microbiology and hope to attend next fall. Future career plans are simply to go into research; I’m not sure if I want to stay in academia or go into industry when I finish grad school.

What has been your favorite class in or out of the program so far?
As an honors student, I’ve had the opportunity to take a wide variety of classes, most of which stimulate outside-the-box thinking. One of my favorites was Love in Asian Religion, Literature, and Film… I have also greatly enjoyed almost all of my higher level biology classes. I especially loved microbiology (big surprise), as well as biochemistry and molecular biology.

Who has been the most influential member of the La Salle community on your life?
Dr. Ballough has been extremely supportive over the past four years. He believed in me and encouraged me as soon as I first came to La Salle as a scared, little freshman.

If you could have dinner with any three people at La Salle, who would they be?
I would have dinner with Brother Mike because he will go out of his way to help anyone and I find that very admirable. I would also include Dr. Ballough because he is so interesting and has so much knowledge. Finally, I would invite President Hanycz because she is a role model to everyone at La Salle.

How do you think La Salle is helping to prepare you for the future beyond college?
The best thing La Salle has done to prepare me for the future is introduce me to many incredible people. From professors to security guards to my best friends and roommates, I can’t begin to explain how much the people here have enabled me to grow as a person.