Out of the Box

Julia  Manarze

Class of 2021 • Cecilton, Maryland
Don’t make any assumptions about Julia Manaraze. The humanities major can take you down in unarmed combat just as easily as she applies eyelash extensions. She chose Washington College because she wanted to explore lots of different subjects at a college close to home; a healthy tuition aid package and the Mixed Martial Arts Club clinched the deal.


“My dad told me he wanted me to ‘be lethal,’ says Julia, who was homeschooled in a conservative Christian household. “He started me in mixed martial arts—boxing, wrestling, Jiu Jitsu—in my second year of high school. It’s nice to be strong and feel safe, and it’s nice to challenge the common misperception that women can’t defend themselves against a bigger, stronger attacker.”

Julia’s experiences in the workplace illustrate similar juxtapositions. She has worked as an Instructional Design intern for a healthcare audit company, an English teacher for an online Chinese-based company called QKids, a dental assistant, and a janitor. She now has a part-time gig running social media marketing for Raw Combat Mid-Atlantic in Easton, and she was recently certified as an eyelash technician.

Her academic experiences are just as varied.

“I wasn’t interested in only one thing,” Julia says, “and I don’t like doing things that people automatically make assumptions about it. I like economics and art. I like English and philosophy. And I found through an internship I did one summer that I really like business. After graduation I plan to work for a couple of years and then enroll in an MBA program.”

 Until then, Julia will focus on her Senior Capstone thesis, for which she will use Annie Dillard’s “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek” to explore present-day interpretations of Biblical concepts such as environmental stewardship, virtue ethics, and the fecundity of reproduction. “That text has everything I need for a thesis.”



Julia's Four Year Plan

Year 1

Favorite Class FYS 101-24: “Enemies, Terror, and Paranoia”

A first-year seminar with Clayton Black, Associate Professor of History, helped Julia understand the value of the liberal arts, the difference between facts and opinions, and the importance of top-notch writing. “He told me not to be afraid to try everything, which pretty much defines the study of humanities.”

Year 2

The "A-ha!" MomentThe Divine in Nature

Prof. Sean Meehan’s class on American Environmental Writing changed Julia’s perspective on the environment and how it’s regarded by the Christian faithful. For that class, she created a graphic novel based on the Bible’s Old Testament, Annie Dillard’s “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek,” and Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” to illustrate the connections between God, man, and nature.

Year 3

Learning by DoingAll Business

Julia’s summer internship with Qlarant proved that a humanities major is prepared for anything, including a career in business. As an instructional design intern with the healthcare audit company in Easton, Maryland, Julia helped the corporate trainer develop employee training models using a specialized software platform.

Year 4

Looking Forward To Senior Capstone

Dillard’s “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek” continues to resonate for Julia, who expects to graduate a semester early. “That text has everything I need for a thesis,” she says. Her SCE will be informed by classes in religion, philosophy, and art that have sparked her interest in the way that Biblical concepts of environmental stewardship, virtue ethics, and the fecundity of reproduction are interpreted today.