Graduate profile: Julia Grigsby


Julia Grigsby with her husband, Nate. (Photo by Lisa Franklin Photography)

By Desiree Williams

Julia (Lanthier) Grigsby graduated from Fishers High School in 2013. Grigsby, 24, lives in Bowling Green, Ky., and is pursing a master’s degree in laboratory science from The George Washington University.

Q: What was your favorite subject in high school?

A: French and genetics. French class because I loved the professor and she made the mood enjoyable. Genetics class because it introduced me to what career path I wanted to take, and it was challenging.


Q: What were you involved in during high school?

A: I was on the tennis team, and I participated in the Ski and Snowboard Club


Q: Who was your most influential teacher and why?

A: Madame Chop. She taught one of my favorite classes and led me to finding one of my best friends overseas through the French Exchange Program.


Q: Can you tell me about your collegiate experiences?

A: I attended Trine University. I graduated in 2017 with a dual major in biology and forensic science and a minor in chemistry. I was part of Theta Phi Alpha Fraternity. I was a Trine University Ambassador. I held some leadership positions in a few other organizations on campus for biology, forensic science and leadership societies.


Q: Why did you choose biology and forensic science?

A: I chose forensic science as my original major because I wanted to be a crime scene investigator. After my sophomore year, I interned at the Marion County Coroner’s Office in Indianapolis. I decided I wanted to be in the medical field after that internship rather than directly be involved with forensics. That is why I added on the dual major of biology.


Q: What’s your dream job?

A: working in a genetics laboratory.


Q: What advice would you give to younger students?

A: Dreams take time to achieve. They don’t just happen overnight. It is OK to change your mind if you don’t think it’s your dream anymore.


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