Julianna Di Napoli
Alumni Julianna Di Napoli graduated in 2012 and went to Texas State University. While in high school Di Napoli participated in journalism, acting as editor in chief of the newspaper, and was the vice president of the senior class.
What have you done after high school?(College, jobs, etc.)
“I went to Texas State University and obtained my bachelors in criminal justice with a minor in forensic psychology,” Di Napoli said. “After undergrad I again went to Texas State University and obtained my masters degree in legal studies and completed my thesis on Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, entitled ‘Show ‘Em a Good Time’ A Case Study on Title IX and its Flawed Implementation in Universitie.’”
What did you participate in high school?
I was the Editor-in-Chief of The Rider (and The Rider Online) and was Vice President of the Senior Class.
What made you want to do what you are doing now?
“A huge part of what I do now involves writing and investigation,” Di Napoli said. “Those are two skills I picked up from working in journalism in high school. Writing is a huge part of what I do today. Additionally, while Editor, I had an experience that involved the first amendment and freedom of the press which made me incredibly interested in the law surrounding the media.”
What did you learn/experience in high school affect you in college and beyond?
“Being in Student Council, I learned the importance of working collaboratively with a team and expanding my network,” Di Napoli said. “I also learned the importance of charity, especially planning and working LUCK Week and similar events. Working in journalism, I learned the obvious importance of deadlines, they’re everywhere, and how to be professional. I also learned the importance of knowing people. Once you became well acquainted with a teacher, coach, or administrator, they were more than willing to talk to you and give you amazing quotes for stories. Those skills are used constantly not only in my line of work, but also in my personal life. I was an officer in a school spirit organization throughout my undergrad years at Texas State and I was able to create graphics and design t-shirts all because of my experience in journalism. All of the marketing experience from journalism was super relevant. Aside from what I learned in the classroom, so much of what I learned in high school is massively present in my life today. The importance of friendships, putting yourself, and school, first when necessary, and making smart decisions are all pretty big life lessons I learned in high school.”
Explain your job now, what you are doing, different aspects of your job.
“I’m currently a paralegal/legal assistant at a civil litigation law firm in Austin, Texas,” Di Napoli said. “I wear quite a few hats at my job. I draft correspondence, pleadings, documents filed with the court. Discovery, questions and requests to get information from other parties, calendar deadlines, organize files, both paper and electronic, order medical and business records, review and create chronology of those records, create paid and incurred excel spreadsheets, correspond with clients and other attorneys, investigate parties in the case, lots of research, case law and statutory, attend hearings and trial, etc. I also deal with the billing, but it’s a lot less exciting.”
What are your plans for the future?
“I’m constantly caught between continuing my education and going to law school or remaining a paralegal,” Di Napoli. “I absolutely love being a paralegal and it’s exactly what I love doing because it’s so fast paced and exciting. I also love school and broadening my knowledge. so it’s still a possibility.”
What is your advice to current high schoolers?
“School is important, but it will only make you successful if you’re 100% committed,” Di Napoli said. “School is honestly one of my favorite things, but it’s time consuming. During high school I was a pretty good student, but in my undergrad I focused on extracurriculars and personal life a little more than I should of. As a result, I was pretty nervous about getting into grad school. In grad school I was incredibly focused, had a full time job, and I was able to graduate early and with a 4.0 gpa. It’s all about balancing priorities and realizing that your personal life needs attention too.”