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Meet Julia, PTA student at Finlandia University

March 15, 2015

MEET Julia

Hometown: Dollar Bay, Michigan

Class: Freshman

Major: Physical Therapist Assistant 

It’s all in the family

Finlandia University was always a place Julia had thought about. It’d be hard for her not to have thought about it, she had three sisters and her mother graduate from the university that is about five miles from where she grew up in Dollar Bay.

“My three sisters that came here for nursing all had good experiences, and my mom came here also. She said this school is really good for medical education like PTA and nursing, so they thought it was a good idea and fit for me.”

While the rest of her family succeeded in Finlandia’s nursing program, the fit for Julia rested in Finlandia’s Physical Therapist Assistant program. “I’ve always wanted to work with people and it’s kind of with sports too.”

Becoming a Lion

The transition from high school to college was made easier for Julia because she grew up in the Keweenaw, but the academic rigors immediately drew her attention. “It was kind of hard for me at first,” she said. That’s when Finlandia’s TRiO Student Support Services staff introduced themselves to her.

“I was able to get a lot of help for the next exam. Being that it’s a smaller school, you’re able to get that kind of help.”

That’s something Finlandia University has prided itself in: A place of uncommon attention. It’s that attention that helps our students find their way, find a place where they belong.

Julia’s success in the classroom was also felt on the basketball court as she helped the women’s basketball to a winning season. Individually she was one of the top players, earning All-Freshman Team honors from the team’s conference.

Julia Physical Therapist Assistant Student

Whether it’s the small, helpful campus, beautiful area, uniquely focused academic experience or the ability to do what she loves while getting her education, at Finlandia University, Julia found a place Where She Belongs.

Now it’s your turn to find Where You Belong


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