Julia Santa Maria - Senior Admissions Counselor
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Professional/personal biography: Julia was born and raised in Arizona and is a first-generation college student. In high school she was a part of two college preparation programs for future-first generation college students: Arizona State University’s (ASU) Hispanic Mother-Daughter Program (HMDP) and TRiO’s Upward Bound Program.
Julia is very passionate about higher education and assisting students as they prepare for college. Previous to working at NMU she worked as the coordinator senior for ASU’s early outreach department primarily with HMDP where she oversaw curriculum, district and community engagement in addition to providing advising/mentoring to the students in the program at their school. Prior to working for HMDP, she worked at the University of Arizona (UA) as a transfer counselor in undergraduate admissions and as the coordinator of applicant services with the admissions office at the College of Medicine-Tucson Campus. She continues to stay involved with the College of Medicine as a secondary application screener and is also a 2018 Valle Del Sol Hispanic Leadership Institute alumna. Julia obtained her B.S. in Psychology from the UA and her Masters in Higher & Postsecondary Education from ASU. Her masters research project was in the area of financial aid on financial literacy programming.
Most memorable college experience: Living in the resident halls my freshman year of college. This is when I met many of my longstanding college friends. My second most memorable experience was joining TRiO’s Student Support Services Program (check out NMU’s!). That program really assisted me academically by helping me adjust to college life and made me feel like they really cared about my success at the university.
Favorite Marquette activity: I enjoy taking hikes on a Saturday morning. Marquette has beautiful places to walk and hike that are only a 10 minute drive away!
Best advice you received regarding college or would give someone entering college: Get involved on campus! I was told to do this over and over and once I got to college I didn’t listen. It wasn’t until I started to get involved that I really began to enjoy my college experience and take full advantage of the opportunities available to me.