Back in the winter of 2016, when Julia Graves was a sophomore at Andover High School, Chapel Hill Youth Ministry Director Eric Hauck sat down to talk with her about life, faith, cats, the movies and other favorite and not-so-favorite favorite things.
MEET TEEN Julia Graves!
What School and grade level are you?
Andover High School; I am a sophomore
Favorite amusement park?
DISNEY WORLD: specifically Animal Kingdom
If you were going to be an animal, what would you be?
What movie could you watch again and again?
What three things would you want to have with you if you were stranded alone on an island?
Some food, a cat to keep me company and a boombox.
What is your greatest pet peeve?
People not chewing with their mouth closed.
What is one question you will ask God when you get to heaven?
How do creation and evolution fit together?
Scariest Disney Villain?
If you were going to get stuck at the top of a giant ferris wheel with a celebrity for two hours, who would it be?
What is a bible verse that means a lot to you?
Philippians 4:4-7 – “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”. – This verse brings me comfort, and reminds me of God’s Love.
If all food in the world tasted the same for the rest of your life, what would you want it to taste like?
If you were allowed to throw one thing off the empire state building what would you throw?
A water balloon onto someone walking by.
If you were given 10 million dollars, what would you do with it
I would give most of it to animal shelters but then I would give 1 million to my parents because they tell me I’m expensive.
Have you ever cried at a movie? If so which one?
Yes too many to name.
Favorite app on your phone?
What is one of the coolest “God moments” you’ve experienced?
Going on the church high school mission trip to Denver this past summer was just an eye opening experience and I got to see how God’s grace impacts everyday lives.
Craziest thing you’ve ever done?
I once went on a hike in Yellowstone and was about 100 feet from a bear and I just stood there and looked at it.
What famous person does Pastor Jeff most remind you of?
What was one of the coolest things you ever picked out of a dumpster or trash?
Ewwww nothing…trash is trash you don’t touch that. But one time I threw a dirty quarter in the trash when I was little but then I felt bad so I took it back out.
What comforts you when you are sad?
Dancing with my friends
If you could choose one superpower what would it be?
Invisibility so I could spy on everyone.
Have you ever sung out loud to a Justin Beiber song? If so, Where?
All of them. Everywhere. All the time. What’s not to sing?
Favorite song or band?
Favorite song: “Fergalicious”
Coolest place you ever visited
A cave in the black hills in South Dakota
What are a few things that help you draw closer to Jesus?
Bible study and Dan and Jenny’s on Sundays!
What do you want for the first 1,000 years in heaven?
Unlimited dress socks
What is something you are really good at?
Oldest person you ever met?
My great grandpa who was 91
What is one thing you really like about Chapel Hill UMC?
The people and relationships I have built throughout the years as long as I can remember.
How many times have you fallen asleep while pastor Jeff is preaching?
Never, it’s too cold in the sanctuary it keeps me awake.
Most fun memory with your dad?
Most embarrassing moment?
Ripping my pants on the playground in 3rd grade and having to run inside acting like I didn’t rip them.
Three things you want to do before you die?
Have a family, live in a gorgeous house, go to Aruba
Where will you be living and doing in 10 years?
I hope I will be starting a career in a field I like and living somewhere interesting.
Age when you last went to Trick-o-treat?
What do you do to relax?
What’s the scariest thing about boys?
Nothing they don’t scare me.
Who’s your hero?
Would you rather skydive from a plane or stay on the ground and video the person jumping?
Three words to describe Jesus as you know Him?
Compassionate, loving and forgiving
What song gets stuck in your head the most?
Baby it’s Cold Outside
If you could only eat one food for lunch for rest of your life, what would it be?
Who influenced you most in your faith and walk with Jesus?
How do you connect best with God?
What is your greatest fear?
What was your favorite toy when you were five?
Longest distance you have ever run?
Farthest from home you’ve ever been?
New York City
If you could be professional athlete what sport?
If the President gave you power to change one thing about USA, what would it be?
That teachers should get paid more than professional athletes.
Worst injury you’ve had?
I’ve broken my arm three times in one year.
On the airplane, do you try to talk to person next to you? Or ignore them and hope they don’t even see you?
Try to talk to them but if they scowl at me I keep to myself.
Favorite board game?