Julia Rodrigues is from Westbrook, Maine. She went to Walsh University and graduated with a degree in Professional Education. Julia will be serving in Ventura, California at Our Lady of the Assumption School. This year Julia is most looking forward to spending community time together exploring California.
I, Julia Rodrigues, commit to be an Augustinian Volunteer, to being present to my community members, and to serving my site to the best of my ability.
Share one of your favorite quotes.
“We are workers not master builders… We are prophets of a future that is not our own.” Oscar Romero
How did you develop a passion for service?
I guess I developed a passion for service back in High School. In High School I spent one month volunteering in a 3rd grade classroom. I enjoyed helping the students reach their goals. It felt good to be a part of something bigger than myself.
Name one of your favorite musical artists.
Brendon Urie and Lin Manuel Miranda
What’s a favorite book of yours or a recent book you’ve read?
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
Share an issue you’re passionate about and explain why.
I’m passionate about lifelong learning. I believe in reading books, news articles, blogs, to keep myself informed about what is going on in the world and varying opinions on important topics. Being aware of struggles in parts of the world outside my own cultivates gratitude for my blessings. It seems like few people, especially on the internet, want to engage in conversation. I prefer to know and try to understand both sides, and then make a decision. As a future educator I don’t want just smart students or good test takers; I want kind students who think critically.
Best moment as an AV to date?
Dinner with all the variety of Augustinian communities during orientation. Specifically, dinner at Our Mother of Good Counsel
What do you like most about living in your new city so far?
So far, the thing I like most about living in Ventura is being so close to the beach. Being able to smell, see, or go to the beach every day is great.
One word that describes your community-living experience is…