Quick intro

Your name: Julian Mullins

Age: 20

Where you’re from: Eugene, OR

Where you study: Babson College

Majors and Minors: Technology, Entrepreneurship & Design

Three words that best describe you: Passionate, driven, curious

8 questions for Julian

1. When did you first get excited about the world of tech and entrepreneurship?

I started designing websites back in high-school for teachers and local organizations.

2. Why did you decide to take Horizons and what’s been your favorite part so far?

I’ve wanted to learn coding for a long time and was initially planning on taking a coding boot-camp such as AppAcademy once I graduated from college. However, when this opportunity presented itself I knew immediately that I had to give it a shot. It’s now been four weeks and I couldn’t be happier with the progress that I’ve made. My favorite part has been getting absorbed in all of the interesting projects that we work on and collaborating with the other program students who are just as excited and driven to learn as I am. I still can’t believe we created clones of Facebook and Twitter in the second week!

3. What does a successful version of you look like on graduation day? How about two years out of college?

I’ll hopefully be involved in my own start-up and ready to devote myself to it full-time after graduation. Two years later I hope to be leading the same company but by this time to be in the growth stage of development. However, I’ll be happy regardless of what stage I’m at after graduation as long as I’m still fostering a love of learning. For me, continuous learning is the most important measure of success. Without that, nothing else matters much.

4. Tell us what is one thing you believe is true that most people disagree with (the Peter Thiel question)…

I’m a firm believer in mind over matter and think that many of humankind’s greatest advances will come from future breakthroughs in our understanding of consciousness. When it comes to the power of the mind, I don’t believe in limitations and I think that the tech industry will have a pivotal role to play in this emerging field.

5. What has been the most important turning point / realization in your life so far?

Studying abroad in Costa Rica was an incredible turning point in my life. Being immersed in a different country for five months helped me to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of a unique language and culture. I believe that the primary cause of racism and bigotry in the world is simply a lack of cultural comprehension. The best way to avoid succumbing to this lack of understanding is to travel more, and to travel deeply rather than broadly. It is much more beneficial to spend a lot of time in one place and to experience the ups and days of daily life than to vacation in that place for a week, visit the popular tourist destinations and leave.

My hope is that coding will provide me with the opportunity to travel much more in the future. The beauty of web development is that it can be done from practically anywhere in the world.

6. What motivates you to work hard every day?

I don’t believe that success can last without having laid the groundwork for it through years of hard work and determination. I’m confident that all of my hard work now will pay off in the future, but I’m also making sure to enjoy the journey. It’s not too hard to do if you enjoy learning.

7. If you were going to be famous, what would it be for?

Founding my own tech company, creating a successful movie production studio, becoming a trance music producer (or perhaps by starring in a viral video as a break-dancing CEO?). Really though, why limit yourself? I’m always hearing the advice that I should follow my passion, but I could never choose just one thing in life to focus on completely. My goal is to achieve all of my dreams. If Elon Musk can do it, so can I, right?

8. What is your advice to incoming freshmen to make the most out of their time in college?

Explore a lot. Try new things and meet new people. Don’t be scared to break out of your comfort zone but at the same time don’t feel like you have to go to every party or be involved in every club on campus. Respect your personal time as well; it’s a crucial part of staying sane.

Thank you for reading.

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