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A Conversation with Minerva Incoming Graduate Student Julia Yankelowitz

Introducing Julia, a Master in Decision Analysis incoming student.

September 27, 2023

​​This is part of a series of profiles introducing incoming graduate students at Minerva University. If you would like to learn more about our programs, please visit our website.

From society, and culture, to partnership building and executing research, Julia Yankelowitz has always been driven by the desire to understand people's experiences navigating systems and bridging gaps in education. Her career, encompassing roles as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, a partnership builder for a national non-profit in Argentina, and an Education Research Associate at SRI International—an American research institute—underscores her dedication to equity, accessibility, and opportunity in the educational realm.

"I’ve always wondered how I can expand my professional 'toolkit'. The desire to fuse narrative with data, in order to grasp societal issues, led me to Minerva."

Julia’s journey began with an undergraduate degree focused on Sociology and Education, aiming to comprehend society, culture, learning, and teaching. Along her professional path, the importance of data-backed research findings quickly became evident to her, especially when these findings determined the future funding and partnerships for educational initiatives.

However, Julia's curiosity was not just limited to qualitative analytical approaches in education. At a juncture in her career, she felt a pull towards quantitative data competencies, which led her to a three-year-long search for graduate programs.

Julia soon learned about Minerva’s Master in Decision Analysis program from peers in her professional network. The program's emphasis on providing real-world skills, a holistic understanding of complex problems, and an avenue for personal growth convinced her of its value.

"I felt challenged by Minerva’s Master in Decision Analysis program, but in a way that excites me. I sought skills that transcend content, not just a focus on a particular content area."

Minerva’s unique pedagogy stood out to Julia. The amalgamation of an applied learning curriculum, a diverse international student body, the flexibility of a part-time modality, and a non-residential format gave it an edge over traditional programs. Moreover, the opportunity to learn alongside working professionals from various fields promised an interdisciplinary approach, making Minerva an exciting opportunity.

"I am eager to harness the synergy that arises from interacting with my peers, each bringing their own unique professional backgrounds. This confluence, I believe, will catalyze exponential learning."

For Julia, understanding how to make information-based decisions is paramount for leaders in the education space in today’s world. In her words, “Decisions devoid of data and insights might miss the nuances, leading to half-baked solutions. Leaders, equipped with proper decision-making tools, can bring transformative change.”

Upon graduation, Julia hopes to amplify her understanding of research design, integrate complexity science into her grasp of systems thinking, and employ these newly-acquired tools in the realm of education.

"Minerva promises not just education but transformation. As I embark on this new chapter, I am filled with anticipation. I am ready to challenge myself, expand my horizons, and further my mission of understanding and aiding educational systems globally."

Julia’s passion lies in using education as a bridge, be it through connecting with multilingual students or helping organizations realize their goals. Looking ahead, she sees herself leveraging her diverse experiences, her ‘toolkit’, and the skills acquired at Minerva, to spearhead projects that make a tangible difference in the world of education.

Quick Facts

Name
Country
Class
Major

Social Sciences & Business

Business & Computational Sciences

Business and Social Sciences

Social Sciences and Business

Computational Sciences & Social Sciences

Computer Science & Arts and Humanities

Business and Computational Sciences

Business and Social Sciences

Natural Sciences

Arts and Humanities

Business, Social Sciences

Business & Arts and Humanities

Computational Sciences

Natural Sciences, Computer Science

Computational Sciences

Arts & Humanities

Computational Sciences, Social Sciences

Computational Sciences

Computational Sciences

Natural Sciences, Social Sciences

Social Sciences, Natural Sciences

Data Science, Statistics

Computational Sciences

Business

Computational Sciences, Data Science

Social Sciences

Natural Sciences

Business, Natural Sciences

Business, Social Sciences

Computational Sciences

Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences

Social Sciences

Computational Sciences, Natural Sciences

Natural Sciences

Computational Sciences, Social Sciences

Business, Social Sciences

Computational Sciences

Natural Sciences, Social Sciences

Social Sciences

Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences

Arts & Humanities, Social Science

Social Sciences, Business

Arts & Humanities

Computational Sciences, Social Science

Natural Sciences, Computer Science

Computational Science, Statistic Natural Sciences

Business & Social Sciences

Computational Science, Social Sciences

Social Sciences and Business

Business

Arts and Humanities

Computational Sciences

Social Sciences

Social Sciences and Computational Sciences

Social Sciences & Computational Sciences

Social Sciences & Arts and Humanities

Computational Science

Minor

Computational Science & Business

Economics

Social Sciences

Concentration

Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence & Cognition, Brain, and Behavior

Designing Societies & New Ventures

Strategic Finance & Data Science and Statistics

Brand Management and Designing Societies

Data Science & Economics

Machine Learning

Cells, Organisms, Data Science, Statistics

Arts & Literature and Historical Forces

Artificial Intelligence & Computer Science

Cells and Organisms, Mind and Emotion

Economics, Physics

Managing Operational Complexity and Strategic Finance

Global Development Studies and Brain, Cognition, and Behavior

Scalable Growth, Designing Societies

Business

Drug Discovery Research, Designing and Implementing Policies

Historical Forces, Cognition, Brain, and Behavior

Artificial Intelligence, Psychology

Designing Solutions, Data Science and Statistics

Data Science and Statistic, Theoretical Foundations of Natural Science

Strategic Finance, Politics, Government, and Society

Data Analysis, Cognition

Brand Management

Data Science and Statistics & Economics

Cognitive Science & Economics

Data Science and Statistics and Contemporary Knowledge Discovery

Internship
Higia Technologies
Project Development and Marketing Analyst Intern at VIVITA, a Mistletoe company
Business Development Intern, DoSomething.org
Business Analyst, Clean Energy Associates (CEA)

Conversation

​​This is part of a series of profiles introducing incoming graduate students at Minerva University. If you would like to learn more about our programs, please visit our website.

From society, and culture, to partnership building and executing research, Julia Yankelowitz has always been driven by the desire to understand people's experiences navigating systems and bridging gaps in education. Her career, encompassing roles as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, a partnership builder for a national non-profit in Argentina, and an Education Research Associate at SRI International—an American research institute—underscores her dedication to equity, accessibility, and opportunity in the educational realm.

"I’ve always wondered how I can expand my professional 'toolkit'. The desire to fuse narrative with data, in order to grasp societal issues, led me to Minerva."

Julia’s journey began with an undergraduate degree focused on Sociology and Education, aiming to comprehend society, culture, learning, and teaching. Along her professional path, the importance of data-backed research findings quickly became evident to her, especially when these findings determined the future funding and partnerships for educational initiatives.

However, Julia's curiosity was not just limited to qualitative analytical approaches in education. At a juncture in her career, she felt a pull towards quantitative data competencies, which led her to a three-year-long search for graduate programs.

Julia soon learned about Minerva’s Master in Decision Analysis program from peers in her professional network. The program's emphasis on providing real-world skills, a holistic understanding of complex problems, and an avenue for personal growth convinced her of its value.

"I felt challenged by Minerva’s Master in Decision Analysis program, but in a way that excites me. I sought skills that transcend content, not just a focus on a particular content area."

Minerva’s unique pedagogy stood out to Julia. The amalgamation of an applied learning curriculum, a diverse international student body, the flexibility of a part-time modality, and a non-residential format gave it an edge over traditional programs. Moreover, the opportunity to learn alongside working professionals from various fields promised an interdisciplinary approach, making Minerva an exciting opportunity.

"I am eager to harness the synergy that arises from interacting with my peers, each bringing their own unique professional backgrounds. This confluence, I believe, will catalyze exponential learning."

For Julia, understanding how to make information-based decisions is paramount for leaders in the education space in today’s world. In her words, “Decisions devoid of data and insights might miss the nuances, leading to half-baked solutions. Leaders, equipped with proper decision-making tools, can bring transformative change.”

Upon graduation, Julia hopes to amplify her understanding of research design, integrate complexity science into her grasp of systems thinking, and employ these newly-acquired tools in the realm of education.

"Minerva promises not just education but transformation. As I embark on this new chapter, I am filled with anticipation. I am ready to challenge myself, expand my horizons, and further my mission of understanding and aiding educational systems globally."

Julia’s passion lies in using education as a bridge, be it through connecting with multilingual students or helping organizations realize their goals. Looking ahead, she sees herself leveraging her diverse experiences, her ‘toolkit’, and the skills acquired at Minerva, to spearhead projects that make a tangible difference in the world of education.