Julie Estrada is a senior, formerly of Winthrop House, but currently in Pforzheimer House. Julie is originally from Fairfax, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C., where she grew up with her two older sisters, who are her two best friends. She concentrates in the Comparative Study of Religion, focusing on the Christian tradition and specifically medieval Christian mysticism, with a secondary in Mathematical Sciences. Julie came into Harvard thinking she would study economics and applied math in some form, but found her calling in the religion classes she happened to stumble into freshman year.
Julie is currently working on a project in which she is comparing the written works of Bernard of Clairvaux and Hadewijch, looking particularly at how they employ language and imagery from the Song of Songs and how they use gender dynamics within those Song of Songs elements to say something about the relationship between the human and the divine.
Outside of academics, Julie is a board member of the Radcliffe Union of Students, a feminist group that hosts various events on campus throughout the school year in order to start conversations about feminism inside and outside of Harvard. Julie is also a tutor at the Harvard College Writing Center, through which she works with other Harvard undergraduates at various stages in the writing process.
In her spare time, Julie enjoys chatting with friends, going to the movies, and watching Real Madrid matches. Julie also loves to travel and recently spent a semester abroad at the University of Malta.