Name: Julia Schleifman
M.Ed School Counseling from Lewis and Clark College, Portland OR.
B.S. Psycology from James Madison University, Harrisonburg VA.
Hometown: Arlington, VA
Years w/ A.T.: Two as an Instructor
Favorite A.T. Activity: Backpacking in Wells Grey Provincial Park, British Columbia
Julia, what do you do when your not at Adventure Treks?
Right now, I spend most of my time being a graduate student at Lewis and Clark studying to get my license as a School Counselor. I work in a high school interning as part of my program. It is a great opportunity to help students with academic and personal issues as well as give guidance with college and career planning.
Do you have a favorite A.T. meal?
Mexi-cookoff, duh. Beans! Beans! They’re good for your heart…
How about a nickname, is there something that people call you besides Julia?
In the first two years of college everyone called me Schleifman because I lived on the same floor as the basketball team (and it was standard to call everyone by their last name). In my last year of college my best friends called me Juice(box) and still do to this day!
What has been your favorite part of working for A.T?
I love when I hear students say “This is the most beautiful/spectacular/awesome/sick place I have ever been!” I also loved swimming in Fontana Lake in North Carolina. The water is clear and warm and the lake is surrounded by the lush and green Smokey Mountains!
What’s your go-to activity when it rains?
There are a lot of rainy days here in Portland… and most of the time I wish I was snuggled up with my dog, reading and making chili in the crock-pot.
Any final words of wisdom Julia?
My favorite quote: “A ship in harbor is safe – but that is not what ships are built for.” – John A. Shedd