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.