Graduate Spotlight: Julia Perry

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a woman dressed in graduation regalia holds a mortar board in front of her
Julia Perry. Photo by Lexi Shaugnessy

Julia Perry graduated from Mercer University’s College of Health Professions with a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology.

What are your plans after graduation?

I will enter the doctorate of occupational therapy program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Who was your favorite professor and why?

Dr. Heather Webb, associate professor of kinesiology. She pushed me to be the best student I could be and prepared me for all things kinesiology and life. She was there for all of her students and took time to answer any questions, whether it be about classes or personal matters. She truly cares for her students and their success.

What is one of your favorite Mercer memories?

Going to a baseball game sophomore year and being chosen to sing “Chicken Fried” between innings. I did it with my best friend, Lauren! It was terrible but so fun!

What was your favorite class and why?

ENG 226 with the special topic of medicine and literature. I learned a great deal in this class about the characteristics a medical professional should or should not have. I feel as though it has shaped the way I think about my future profession and how I need to treat my patients.

How do you plan on changing the world?

As an occupational therapist, it will be my job to help my patients adapt to the obstacles they face in their lives. So for me, changing the world will be helping my patients get back to interacting with their world. It will look like helping my patients become more independent and get back to enjoying the things that they want to be able to do.

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