Julien Tuya

Degree: Bachelor of Arts in International Relations; Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

College/School: Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs

Julien Tuya believes that as global citizens, all individuals have an obligation to help create a better and more peaceful world. Julien made the most of his time at FIU to do just that.

During his freshman and sophomore years, Julien worked full-time and carried a full course load. He also served as a member of the Army National Guard for two years and led a battalion of more than 180 cadets as FIU’s Army ROTC operations officer and later as the personnel officer.

Julien oversaw a significant spike in recruitment efforts that resulted in large numbers of new students joining ROTC. He also developed new leadership programs and situational exercises within ROTC to keep cadets challenged and engaged.

Julien juggled many activities, but still earned a 3.51 GPA. In addition to his bachelor’s degree, he earned a minor in military science and a certificate in national security studies. He views his greatest achievement as simply meeting the challenges he faced and emerging successful. His experience at FIU built his character and taught him about his priorities, he said.

Upon graduation, Julien will be commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army – the first in his family – and pursue a graduate certificate in national security studies at FIU. His greatest hope is that his education will help him continue to serve his country and the world.