Over the years, Julian has narrowed the scope of his service. He began by volunteering at his local food pantry and spending his Saturday mornings working to refurbish his local middle school. Early in his high school years, Julian began volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club where he set up activities for the campers that dealt mostly with sports. Although having a diversion from the classroom is important, he felt he could do more through education. Julian then began volunteering at Kumon where he assisted students in math, reading, and study skills. Using this as a springboard, Julian began working with the Model Atlanta Regional Commission to implement a Metro Atlanta-wide tutoring program where students from feeder high schools and middle schools would mentor elementary school students. After much hard work his plan was not chosen to be implemented. This did not discourage Julian. He decided he would enact his plan himself by assisting students at the elementary school across from his high school with math, science, and reading. Additionally, Julian worked to initiate the Teens in the Driver Seat Program and served as its President. The Teens in the Driver Seat Program worked to promote safe driving habits among teens.
Julian found his first year at Vanderbilt transformational. He served with the Maplewood Mentorship Program where he tutored students in math and reading. He mentored a young man through the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program. Additionally, Julian served with Best Buddies, Habitat for Humanity, and Fannie Battle Day Care. During the summer after his first year, Julian served with the Breakthrough Collaborative Program. This program uses high school and college students to teach middle school students. Julian chose to serve at the Atlanta site where he worked to develop the Ninth Grade Leadership Academy which was in its first year. During this time, Julian taught math and built relationships with his students. This was the hardest work he had done to this point, but he considers this one of the most rewarding projects with which he has been involved. Having had these experiences, Julian is now seeking a career that will integrate his passion for education with legal policy.
Julian is very grateful for all that the Ingram Scholarship Program and the Ingram family have provided for him. In particular, he feels truly blessed to have learned to critique and reflect on his own service while interacting with other scholars and advisors. Through All-Scholars meetings, dinners, and building relationships with upperclassmen Julian has gained a tremendous amount of insight. Julian looks forward to collaborating with his peers on future projects and continued growth.