Julia Archila-Ponce is a 3rd-year undergraduate student studying Anthropology at UCLA. She joined PSHP as a sophomore in the 2020-2021 cohort in hopes of guidance in navigating the complex pathways of health. With the guidance and support of her PSHP mentors, workshops, and hearing from career panelists, Julia has been able to further develop her professional and personal goals, and has gained a greater scope of health pathways and careers. Although she is still considering a variety of careers in and out of health, after taking PSHP’s Health Policy & Management course (HPM 140) and getting more informed on the health issues faced locally and globally, Julia remains passionate about addressing social determinants of health. She is also excited to join the LEND Clinic as a lifestyle coach trainee this summer, and to learn more about connecting with neurodiverse communities. Outside of school, Julia enjoys being outdoors, expanding her creative outlets, and organizes music/violin lessons for youth at her local church.
If Julia had some words of advice, it would be that it is okay to have setbacks or “fail”, whether in a personal or academic sense. Give yourself the time and rest you deserve and keep pursuing your dreams. Reflect on your passions and goals to make sure you stay true to yourself. Although it can be hard, try your best to go with the flow. Things may not always go the way you wanted, but all of the hard work you put in will pay off in more than one way.