Catching Up and Reconnecting

Due to recent world events, Julia Grief, ‘18 has been reflecting on the importance of connection. She is excited to reconnect with friends and classmates at the upcoming Graduates of the Last Decade (

A photo of three women wearing graduation robesWhat first brought me to Seattle was its essence of possibility. Having spent almost my entire life in Boise, Idaho, I was ready for a new experience and perspective. When I visited Seattle U, I knew it was the place for me. It was a cozy oasis in the middle of a bustling and exciting city. I felt at home. That magical feeling I felt as an SU student still stays with me to this day.

I majored in Cultural Anthropology and the course of study, skills and worldview my professors instilled in me have greatly influenced how I would like to contribute to the world. I am currently pursuing this goal by integrating employee engagement initiatives and professional development support at my current workplace with the hopes that I can help provide an empathetic and empowering professional environment for all.

Recent world events have prompted me to reflect. Hopefully enough that would even make St. Ignatius proud. The theme that keeps surfacing is the importance of connection. One of the many reasons I stay connected to SU is the immense pride I feel to be a graduate and a member of a community that is making incredible strides in innovation, justice and education. However, for the past six months, connection has felt more imperative than ever, while also more elusive. For this reason, I could not be more excited for SU’s Virtual Homecoming and the alumni reunions this year. During my time as a student, Homecoming week was one of my favorites because it evoked a sense of camaraderie and connection to the university community. Not to mention, it gave me a great excuse to wear all of the SU red I had in my closet!

Now, as a recent graduate, I am most looking forward to the graduates of the last decade (GOLD) reunion. I’m excited to catch up with friends and colleagues and connect with other alumni to hear about their stories and experiences. Having graduated only a little over two years ago, I am still struggling to “figure it all out,” but having the GOLD community to glean wisdom and learn from is inspiring and comforting. As this this year’s reunion will be virtual, it will also provide a unique opportunity for more alumni to be introduced to each other, with many being able to participate from all corners of the world. It will be the ultimate celebration!

I can’t wait to see everyone on Saturday, November 14 from 2-4 p.m. Go Redhawks!

Julia Grief, ‘18

September 2, 2020