QUAD PRESIDENT JULIA BLOUNT CARBO-LOADS IN THE LIBRARY, DISLIKES CLASS-BASED HOUSING, INTENDS TO ATTEND EVERY REUNION
Name: Julia Blount
Hometown: Washington, DC
Major: History with a certificate from the Center for African American Studies
Club and Residential College Affiliation: The Princeton Quadrangle Club, Rockefeller College
What are you doing this summer?
I am teaching fifth grade grammar at a public charter school in Brooklyn, NY and loving every minute of it!
Who’s your favorite Princetonian, living or dead, real or fictional?
Wendy Kopp ’89, founder of Teach for America.
What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in Princeton?
I love food! I think it is a tie between Quad’s Thanksgiving Dinner and Teresa Caffe’s Conchiglie Balsamico.
In one sentence, what do you actually do all day?
Check my email, respond to email, go to class, have meetings at Quad, work at Quad, have philosophical conversations at Quad, and sleep…briefly.
Favorite spot in Quad?
There’s no contest. Definitely the Large Library! Despite the name, very few books are ever read in the Large Library. Distraction takes on various forms including Jenga, Bananagrams, impromptu readings of Shakespeare and Cosmo, and intense philosophical conversations. Also, lots of carbo-loading on snacks provided by my wonderful Activities Chairs.
What club did you think you’d be in as a freshman and why?
When I was a freshman I thought I would go independent! I love cooking so I really wanted to live in Spelman where I could have my own kitchen. Then I realized that Quad’s chefs are better cooks than me. And now I get to live two floors above Quad’s kitchen!
What is your greatest guilty pleasure?
Sleeping through brunch and then eating way too much for dinner.
If you could change one thing about Princeton, what would it be?
I would eliminate housing based on class year. I like the residential college system, but as an upperclassman who does not have a shared meal plan, I feel like I’m very inaccessible to younger students and vice versa. Sometimes where you live restricts your social life. Alternately, your social life can restrict where you live. I wish there were more intermingling.
What’s hanging above your desk and/or bed?
A stuffed panda bear.
What is your biggest fear?
Being pushed through the Fitz-Randolph Gates.