Julia Clukey, 2010 Olympian in Women's Luge and DeVry University student, knows the importance of balancing sports and schoolwork. Coming from a family where both parents were school principals, she knew when she started traveling for sports at age 13 that - no matter how well she was doing in sports - if her grades dropped, she would be on the next plane home.
Julia began her college education at the University of Maine, but soon realized that a traditional university would not allow the flexibility needed to accommodate her training schedule. She is now earning her Bachelor's Degree in Electronics Engineering Technology with a specialization in Renewable Energy at DeVry University. Having always been interested in "green" technology, Julia plans to pursue a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering.
Julia is impressed with the high level of support she receives from the professors in her online classes at DeVry. In the past, taking an online class felt like she was just off on her own. While Julia is a pro at balancing school and training, she appreciates the weekly discussions, assignments, online tutoring and feedback she receives on her work, as well as the regular contact from her professors and advisors. All of them work to help her to stay on track and succeed, despite her demanding training schedule.
Julia recognizes that education is critical to her future career goal of working in the field of renewable energy. "I'm very excited about the prospect of being able to finish my education while still actively pursuing my sport," she says, "so that, when the day does come that I decide to hang up the sled, I'm not entering the real world with nothing else in my pocket."