August 13, 2014 14:23 Age: 3 yrs

Meet our Alumni: Julius, an Alumnus in Japan

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Achievement First alumni are attending prestigious schools such as Brown University, Yale University, Howard University and Williams College (and they’ve been accepted to more than 190 colleges overall). Our recent college graduates are pursuing careers in a variety of exciting fields, including education. Julius, a Bates College alumnus, graduated from AF Amistad High in 2010.

Julius’ academic journey has taken him to a highly selective college in Maine and across an ocean to Hokkaido–the northern island of Japan. During a three-month summer program, Julius studied culture, globalization and language at a Japanese university; he also donned a kimono as part of a special festival, visited architecturally significant buildings, and met students from across the country and the world.


He is blazing his own trail, and he wouldn’t have it any otherway. Julius’ time at Achievement First schools taught him to pursue his individual goals and not just follow the crowd. It is a value system that served him well at Bates College, where he majored in philosophy, minored in Japanese, and served as co-president of the martial arts club and president of the Discordians, Bates’ chemical-free organization. At Achievement First, Julius learned that he wanted “to be the change he wishes to see in the world,” and he gained the tools to help him forge his own path.

“My proudest moment is achieving my dream of studying in Japan,” he said. “It has always been my dream to go to Japan and to find and define my happiness."

Read more about Julius and his experience in Japan our Alumni Profile page.

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