Julie LarisonExecutive Director

    Q&A With General Operations & Finance Team Member: Julie

    Q: What do you do at BCA Study Abroad? What is your favorite part of your job?

    A: From the moment I first learned about BCA when I was at Salem College, to my role as Executive Director today, advancing our core mission of educating for peace and understanding is my favorite part of my work, along with meeting students who have just returned from their semesters and interacting with all the wonderful staff we have at home and abroad.


    Q: What is your favorite travel memory?

    A: I have so many special memories of visiting BCA sites, but playing my viola in Notre Dame cathedral in Paris when I was 17 years old certainly holds a special place in the memory bank.

    What is one piece of advice you would give a student thinking about studying abroad?

    A: Think about the “why” not the “where” when evaluating programs.


    Q: Did you study abroad?! If so, where and what inspired you to study abroad?

    A: Missed out on study abroad, unfortunately. During my years at Penn State–in the mid-80s–study abroad was not accessible and so I did not even know about or consider it. Plus, I had just spent a month in Europe touring with an orchestra and spent my life savings on that experience!


    Q: What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

    A: Pistachio with almonds


    Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

    A: I enjoy being outdoors and spending time with family, listening to podcasts, reading and watching the latest and greatest scifi movie.


    Q: Before you travel to a new place what research do you do to learn about the host community, local cultures or the impact of your visit?

    A: I like to read National Geographic articles and watch documentaries about the location if there are any available. I also like to find an autobiography of a local person to better understand the culture and visit websites of local organizations that work within the communities.


    Q: Do you have any pets?

    A: Yes– a labra-doodle named Cooper and a 15-year-old hermit crab named Hermie