The "Senior Spotlight" series is a collection of stories of Columbia's senior student-athletes in their final semester as Lions. Originally published in Lions Den, below is a profile on senior Julia Garrison, a midfielder on the field hockey team.
Her name is probably a familiar one if you've followed Columbia Athletics over the last four years. Julia Garrison recently finished her fourth season on the Columbia field hockey team and has truly left her mark on the program.
Four years ago, Garrison was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year, the first in program history. She went on to be a four-time All-Ivy League second team honoree, and finishing second all-time in career points with 71.
Aside from the impressive statistics she put up, Garrison, a two-time captain, took away much more from her field hockey experience.
"I would describe my experience on the field hockey team as challenging and fulfilling," said Garrison. "I have seen our program grow and improve, and I have developed relationships and had experiences I will always remember through being a member of this team."
While the team is full of traditions, there is one that sticks out to the Virginia Beach, Va., native.
"My favorite field hockey memories are of a tradition that started my freshman year and followed through my senior season," she explained. "On one away trip each year, the team has a karaoke party on the bus where players sing songs over the loudspeaker without any background music. I don't think I have ever laughed harder than during these moments."
With her playing career behind her, Garrison is shifting her gears to enjoying her last few months as a student at Columbia, and trying to figure out what lies ahead. She hopes to pursue a career in either sports media or the media/entertainment industry in general.
With her time winding down, Garrison leaves fellow Columbia student-athletes with some words of advice.
"If I could give one tip to the underclassmen, it's not to stress too much," she said. "Work hard, but remember that your time at Columbia will be over before you know it. Make sure you have a good time and take advantage of the opportunities offered at school and in the city."