Tell us about yourself.
Hello! My name is Julia Molinaro. I grew up in the Netherlands and New Jersey. I love spending time outside and enjoy long distance running, camping, and rock climbing. I like discovering new places and meeting people from different cultures. I believe in the power of educating our world’s children to improve the future of our planet and all of its people.
Why did you choose to attend BU and Questrom?
Both of my parents are BU alums and I grew up hearing a lot about their experiences – going to hockey games, exploring the city, and having adventures with lifelong friends. While they encouraged me to find my own path, my heart was set on Boston. I chose Questrom because I had always dreamed of starting my own nonprofit, and business school seemed like it would teach me the skills I needed to do so.
Tell us about your experience while at BU.
I was on the Women’s Rowing team during my Freshman year. The countless sunrises on the Charles and amazing teammates I had stuck with me throughout my four years. I joined the Outing Club and spent many weekends leading hiking and camping trips in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I served as President during my senior year and have a lot of gratitude to the Club for shaping my BU experience. I spent six months studying abroad in New Zealand, where I interned at an environmental conservation nonprofit and learned the importance of caring for the natural places that we love. I was also involved in the Questrom Honor’s Program, which provided a community of inspiring peers and professors committed to global thinking. The best part about BU were all of the people I met, who have inspired, supported, and affected my life.
What is your current occupation?
I am the Communications Director at The BlinkNow Foundation, a nonprofit that is working with the community of Surkhet, Nepal to reduce poverty and promote literacy, education, women’s empowerment, and global sustainability. We operate a children’s home, a school, a women’s center, and are building a new sustainable school campus. I live in Nepal and my role is to create social media content, support the director staff, link communication between the United States and Nepal offices, and help everyday life at a children’s home of 50 bustling kids run smoothly.
What are your career goals and future plans?
After graduating, I spent the summer working for Voyageur Outward Bound School in northern Minnesota. VOBS is an outdoor education nonprofit that leads canoe expeditions for teens, many of whom struggle with emotional and behavioral problems. We teach leadership, teamwork and personal development. My foreseeable career plans are to spend summers working in Minnesota and the rest of the year in Nepal. My career path so far is not that of the typical Questrom graduate – I am not making millions, and the daily work can be both physically and emotionally challenging – but it makes me happy because I am focusing on my passion of educating at-risk children, both in a developing country and through the outdoors. It’s also a lot of fun.
The best mistake you ever made was…
When I first came to Questrom, I felt like I didn’t fit in. I felt pressured to do what others were doing, apply for the typical Questrom jobs, and fit into someone else’s version of success… but I wasn’t succeeding at this. I soon realized that I would only put my heart into something that I truly believed in. Once I accepted this, I met many other people interested in unconventional paths and found my own Questrom experience.
How do you define success?
To me, success means living each day with kindness towards the planet and those around me. It means having the courage to do the things that scare me. My ultimate goal is to make a sustainable impact in global development and use my education, freedom, and resources to empower others.
December 1, 2017
The Road Less Traveled
The Road Less Traveled is a site dedicated to sharing stories of BU Alumni and the unique paths they take after graduation and aims to help student’s on their path to choose the right career.