Best of Luck Julia!!
There are countless downsides to this pandemic. However, I like to believe there is always good along with the bad and COVID has reinforced the value of resiliency and the ability to adapt. When life gives you lemons you are supposed to make lemonade, but not everyone notices the bowl of lemons on their kitchen table.
That was not the case for Julia on our team. Like many students during the pandemic, Julia’s four younger brothers were taking classes remotely from home. When they needed extra help in math they could send their teacher an email or check with their wise, older sister. During these ad hoc tutoring sessions Julia found the work very rewarding and enjoyable. Being a younger brother, I’m not sure many interactions with me were rewarding, never mind enjoyable, but that’s another story. So kudos to Julia for taking those moments to heart, and recognizing one of life’s sign posts as she is going back to grad school to become a teacher.
We will certainly miss Julia. Her ability to juggle a wide variety of tasks with a wide range of responsibilities was truly impressive. There are many superlatives to describe Julia, but for me personally I will always appreciate her way of reminding me for the 10th time of some item she needed from me without losing her patience (at least as far as I could tell!). We wish her the best and are truly excited for her. Our loss benefits the next generation of math wizards!
She will be helping out the team for a few more weeks, so please pass along best wishes the next time you call or are in the office.
The author of this article is Rick Ropelewski, Wealth Manager at U.S. Wealth Management.