Julia graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Cognitive Science (the “other CS,” she says), and moved to New York, where she found work as an analyst in media. There, she discovered two things: she didn’t really have a passion for media, and she missed the Bay Area. Looking toward other industries, she drew on conversations she’d enjoyed with her uncle, an architect, and developed her technical skills in design technology. At TEECOM’s California HQ, she helps build out our PyRevit tools, with the goal of empowering our engineering teams to be able to identify and create new functionality.
Practice Was the Answer
The key to Julia’s musical heart is the piano. She grew up playing competitively, practicing diligently, winning a few prizes here and there, until she reached the ultimate heights: playing at Carnegie Hall with a school group. Playing Carnegie was one of the best experiences of her life, she says. Of course, Lang Lang was playing a concert hall next door, so “no one was going to buy tickets to see us,” she says, but it still looks good on a resume.
If You Mustache
Julia is a Nintendo Switch gamer, with a particular affection for anything Mario Bros. When gaming solo, she dives into the Legend of Zelda titles for their immersive graphics. For multiplayer action, she favors Mario Kart. Being able to play with a group is one of her favorite social activities.
It started when she was in college at UC Berkeley. The UCB campus is small, and there’s a whole urban world out there to explore, so Julia took up wandering. She never sets off with a destination in mind, and it’s not an athletic activity: this is true rambling. Once, she wandered from Orinda to San Francisco, a distance of over 20 miles. “I like it because it really helps you understand everything around you,” she says.