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Miss Julia: “The nice lady from ARA that swipes cards”

September 18, 2010

By Stephanie Sexton, Staff Writer

Miss Julia

Originally from New York, Miss Julia has lived in Georgia for the last 28 years.

On Facebook, there is a fan page titled, “The Nice Lady from ARA that Swipes Cards,” that 368 students and faculty from Young Harris College are a fan of. But who is this “nice lady” from the dining hall?

Her name is Julia Berger, also known as Mrs. Julia by the students, and she has been working in our dining hall since last year.

She really does love each and every student that walks through those doors. Behind Mrs. Julia’s wonderful personality, lies a heart of gold.

Prior to her work at Young Harris College, Mrs. Julia worked with Ninth District for five years helping out the needy people of Union and Towns County.

Ninth District, formally known as North District Opportunity, Inc. It is a community action agency that serves northeast Georgia. Their mission is to help people reach the goal of self-sufficiency and lessen the causes of poverty.

“We gave out food bags, and also we helped with their heating assistance, and paying their rent, and referring them to different organizations that could help them get on their feet again,” said Berger.

Although she has been in Georgia for 28 years, Mrs. Julia did not grow up here. She grew up out on Long Island, New York.

Mrs. Julia went to Sewanhaka High School in New York; it was the number one school in the United States at the time.

“We had our own airplane hanger, electronics department, construction department; we had our own radio and television station,” Berger said proudly.

And after graduating she worked for an aircraft company in the programming and tape room, making sure all the machines were programmed correctly. While at the aircraft company, she even got to meet President John F. Kennedy in an experience she described as “very interesting.”

After several years working in New York and in Florida, Mrs. Julia and her husband are now settled here in Young Harris.

When asked what he favorite part of working at YHC, Mrs. Julia responded with, “meeting the students, when they come in the morning, some of them are sleepy, some of them have worries and if I can just make them smile, it makes my whole day.”

As far as her job goes, Berger said, “I have enjoyed every minute of it, every minute of it.”

You can check out Miss Julia’s fan page at: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/The-nice-lady-from-ARA-that-swipes-cards/332611551775?ref=search. As of September 18, the page now has 371 fans and counting.

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  1. September 19, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    This was such a sweet article, on a very kind and generous woman. Such an interesting life she’s had before coming to us, too! We should all show her our appreciation — bring her flowers!

  2. September 20, 2010 at 3:58 pm


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