Welcome to my blog muffins!
My name is Julia Nachman and I am so excited you are here! This page is for you to get some background on who I am and what it is that I am blogging about. I hope you enjoy!
To start off I think it’s pretty important to mention that I am a student at Central Michigan University majoring in integrative public relations with a minor in leadership. I decided I wanted to go into public relations towards the end of my freshmen year of college when I finally had the confidence to take on my crazy dreams and run with them. “Oh the places you’ll go!”
Something that has also been a huge part of my life is dance! I have been dancing since I was two years old and I have never gone a year without it ever since. I have danced through the Clinton Township parks and recreation classes, and began dancing for Dancer’s Edge Studio in Macomb, MI when I was seven years old. This is where I grew up. This is where I made a performing company team, and then an All Star team. This is where I had endless opportunities. This is where I became a Great Lakes Cheer/Dance Championship Grand Champion by the age of nine. This is where I competed at the Universal Dance Association national dance competition for seven years in a row. This is where I competed at the United States All Star Federation Dance Worlds 2015 and took ninth in the world competing against over 60 countries throughout the world. This is where I became a women. This is where I gained a competitive and hard-working mindset. This is where I gained the skills to become a member of Central Michigan University’s Dance Team, something I have dreamed of since I was a kid. As I will not be continuing my time on the team next year and am ending my dance chapter in my life, the art will always be something that I hold near and dear to my heart.
Dance has also gotten me my unrealistic dream job that I would have never been able to do if it weren’t for the many opportunities it has allowed me. I am currently employed for The Enchanted Princess Ball, where I get paid to dance and act along with children interactions through the performing arts. We travel for four performances one weekend of each month October through April. We practically transform the school gyms that we perform in to an elaborate extravaganza to truly make the children feel like they are in a magical place. The people, environment, and employers at The Enchanted Princess Ball are all so overwhelmingly positive and encouraging to entertain the kids in ways that we get to express Disney princesses inside of us that we have always wanted to be. This also is a sense of relief for me because going into college, one of the things I really wanted to accomplish was be a part of the Disney College Program. However, this is a very expensive and time consuming endeavor that would take away from my studies here at CMU. This gives me that Disney spirit I have always wanted to experience, and gives me the chance to let the inner Disney princess out while I study hard to graduate on time as well.
Another huge part of my life has involved leadership. I was selected as one of the 2,000+ applicants chosen to be a part of the Leadership Advancement Scholarship 2016. This cohort is an exceptional group of students who are passionate about what they do and inspire me every day to become better and push myself to lead in ways I never thought that I was able to. This scholarship has led me to so many open doors in my community and in my life. I have been able to attend multiple leadership conferences and events since beginning my education here at Central just this past August and I am so excited to see what else is in store for me in the next four years spent at CMU!
Aside from school, I spend my time volunteering for the Muscular Dystrophy Association at their summer camp each year. This is where I get assigned a camper with Muscular Dystrophy for the week and experience activities that they typically are not able to do on their own or anywhere but at camp one week each year. Children who cannot walk can climb trees, ride horses, and motorcycles, and go swimming. Miracles happen at MDA camp and I love experiencing it every summer.
I am also involved in the Michigan Association of Student Councils and Honor Society’s College Volunteer Facilitator Corps, where I am a camp councilor for high school leaders each summer, and get to facilitate the various conferences held all over the state of Michigan throughout the school year. Being able to go from a camper to a councilor through this organization has been one of the biggest steps for me as a leader, and as a human being. Surrounding myself with those who push me to better myself in ways that I had no idea I could has forced me to grow in ways I didn’t realize.
Additionally, I am a member of Zeta Tau Alpha! Being a part of a sorority is honestly one of the best decisions in my college career. Constantly having a group of strong, independent, beautiful women, and always having at least 89 more people to have my back during the tough times speaks for itself. Recently, I have even been chosen to be in charge of our philanthropy week, “Think Pink Week,” in addition to being on Zeta’s PR team to shoot videos and pictures for social media. I am so excited to see where these opportunities takes me as a new member, and for all of the opportunities to come from being a ZTA!