Alumni Engagement
Julia Jakuboski

Donor & Alumni Relations
Alumni Engagement Director

4th Year Student
Hometown: Narragansett, RI
Major: Political Science
Minor: Middle Eastern Studies and Sociology

Previous THON™ Involvement

THON 2022: Entertainment CM
THON 2023: Donor and Alumni Relations Development Captain

Why did you want to become a director for the largest student-run philanthropy in the world?

I wanted to become a director for the largest student-run philanthropy in the world because I want to make a difference in an organization that continues to make an astounding impact in the lives of families impacted by childhood cancer. By spreading awareness and continuing to grow this organization, we are making a lasting impact by spreading THON's mission across the globe. THON has become a passion of mine, our Four Diamonds families are why I THON. Watching the smiles, hearing the laughter, and seeing the strength these children continuously show empowers me to want to give even more to THON. They inspire me to make a difference every day in my THON work and beyond. I hope to see the day when all children can grow up and they are able to live out their dreams. I wanted to serve as the Alumni Engagement Director to continue spreading our mission to our amazing alumni network and help them make a lasting impact even when their four years in college are over. Regardless of how long ago our alumni graduated from Penn State, they continue to spread THON's mission. Seeing generations of Penn Staters remain dedicated to the growth of this organization is incredibly inspiring.

What are your main responsibilities as a Director for THON 2023?

As the Alumni Engagement director, I serve as the primary liaison between THON and our 25,000+ alumni supporters. I work alongside the Penn State Alumni Association to help engage alumni groups nationwide to spread awareness and fundraise on behalf of THON. I also serve on the board of directors for the Dance Marathon Alumni Interest Group (DMAIG), a group of passionate Penn State alumni who work hard to continue in the fight after graduation. Finally, I lead a committee of 15 captains and over 100 committee members who work to develop and expand the variety of alumni initiatives we offer and communicate these opportunities to our alumni.

What is your favorite THON memory?

There are so many memories that cross my mind when I think about my favorite THON memory. One memory that I hold so close to my heart is Final Four during THON 2022. This was my first THON and the entire weekend was magical, especially the last four hours. I will never forget standing in the upper bowl with my ENT committee as we listened to family stories, felt the energy radiated in the BJC, and watched the magic of THON happen all around us. Those four hours were beautiful, emotional, and unforgettable. We stood with our arms around each other and allowed ourselves to take in all of the emotions. Experiencing this moment alongside my committee who I had grown so close to was so special. Final Four was one of the most impactful experiences and I constantly think back to those moments we shared. It was truly magical to look around the BJC and feel so much love and see the effort thousands of students put into THON.

As a director, what are you most looking forward to for THON 2024?

This year, I am excited to continue to work and foster relationships with the Penn State Alumni Association, DMAIG, and alumni chapters nationwide. My vision for this year is to make alumni, regardless of how close or far they are from state college, feel connected to THON's mission. Through new alumni events and campaigns, I hope alumni can feel the magic of THON even if they cannot be with us in person.

If you could give your high school self one piece of advice, what would it be?

Don't be scared to fail. Failure is a learning experience that builds your resilience, do not limit your ability and potential because your are scared. Go outside your comfort zone, that is where the growth and success happens.

What are you involved in outside of being a THON™ Director?

I am involved in my sorority, Alpha Delta Pi, and serve as the Vice President of Membership Development. For the last three years, I was involved in an organization called State of State where I was the Internal Director in 2022 and Executive Director in 2023.

What are your plans after graduation from Penn State?

After graduating from Penn State, I plan to pursue a Masters in International Relations. I am applying to schools in the United States and in the United Kingdom, so I am eager to see where this next journey takes me!

Who is your role model? Why?

My role model is my dad. He has always been my greatest inspiration and my biggest supporter. He is one of the most intelligent, courageous, and kind people I have ever met. He has always told me to make the world a better place, even if that means spreading a little more love and positivity around. I have constantly believed I could reach for the stars because of him. My biggest goal is to have at least half of his compassion and drive.

What Disney character do you identify with the most? Why?

I have always loved Rapunzel and identify the most with her. She is spirited and determined, has a strong sense of curiosity about the world, and willingness to step outside of her comfort zone to achieve her dreams. I have always tried to embody her strength.

What is one thing you think everyone should try at least once?

Travel internationally! Regardless of where you go, it will change your perspectives and give you lifelong memories.