Christopher Newport women’s lacrosse sophomore Julia Golden is a psychology major who heavily involved in several other extracurricular activities on campus and through her classes. Golden and the Captains are off to a 6-3 start to the 2017 season, and continue CAC play today against Southern Virginia. INTRODUCING ... Julia Golden.
Briefly, what is your background in the sport you play?
I began playing lacrosse in the spring of 7th grade for my local youth association, actually hating the game for the first season. As I continued playing I grew to love it more and more and joined a club team, Future Elite that I played on until I went to college.
What is your major in college, and what is the most important thing you learned in that discipline?
I am a psychology major, hopefully going into the MAT program to earn my masters in elementary education. One of the things I have learned while taking psychology classes is how much the brain is able to change and adapt from the time a person is born up until adulthood.
What is your favorite spot on campus?
My favorite spot on campus is the box at the top of the bleachers on the football field. It is the best place to go when you need time to yourself and has an awesome view to look down on.
Outside of your home and campus, where is your favorite place visit?
My grandparents have a little home that they built in Arkansas with a ton of land that I have loved visiting growing up. Being out in the country is such a great escape from the busyness of life and there is always so much to entertain my brothers and I outside.
Other than your team, what organization (s) do you participate in (on campus or off campus)?
I am very involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes on campus, meeting for large group on Monday nights and Bible study on Thursday nights. I also volunteer at the local Boys and Girls Club in Newport News both for the President’s Leadership program and for several classes that require service hours.
Briefly describe the most memorable experience during your collegiate athletic career.
The one memory I always remember perfectly was the first time I went into a game during our fall play day. I truthfully do not think I stopped shaking the entire time I was on the field. I really did not start gaining composure and getting my mind to work until the second game, so many pregame jitters.
Other than your family members, who was the most influential person in your life?
One person that influenced my life and faith was Dan Britton, one of the head organizers of FCA. He speaks every year at FCA lacrosse camp that I have been going to since 8th grade and has taught me so many life lessons, shaping me into the person I am today.
What is the most important societal issue facing college students?
I think the biggest societal issue facing college students today is the cost of education and the student loans that follow. I could name very few students that do not stress about money in some shape or form and as prices of colleges go up, the worry and debt only increases.
If you could change any one item in the world (in your personal life, school, community, amateur or professional sports, national/international issue, etc.), what would it be, why, and how would you do it?
If I could change one thing in a school setting it would be the amount of group projects teachers assign, especially in high school and college. Even though they are supposed to encourage teamwork, they usually leave one or two people to do all of the work.
What is your favorite form of entertainment?
It sounds super nerdy, but reading is definitely my favorite form of entertainment. I have been a big reader since I was a kid and have found it to be both a stress reliever and a great thing to do when I am alone.
If you could give one piece of advice to elementary school children, what would that advice be?
Be confident in who you are!! I was a huddle leader at an FCA lacrosse camp this past summer for rising 6th grade girls and they completely owned who they were. It was inspiring to me to see how bold they were and is something I think all kids that age should learn to do. Appreciating and valuing who you are is so important, especially for young girls.
Outside of the CAC, who or what is your favorite sports person or team?
I am not a huge fan of watching sports, (I would much rather be playing them) but I like watching the caps (Washington Capitals) play and getting to go to hockey games. It is such a fast paced game and is so fun to see how graceful the guys are on skates.
Name three (3) people, real or fictional, living or dead, that you'd like to have dinner with?
My number one is Bethany Hamilton, she has always been my biggest role model growing up and I have always wanted to meet her. She has such an incredible testimony and her life is the perfect example of what can happen if you do not give up and work hard. The second person I would love to have dinner with would have to be Anne Frank, I have read several books on the Holocaust and her diary was always my favorite to read. Her positivity and out look on life at such a young age amazes me. Finally, it would be incredible to get to meet Levi Lusko who is a Christian speaker and writer that inspired me through his book Through the Eyes of a Lion.