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Christian and Jacob Juillerat ’16

They’ve been together since high school in Virginia, got married at nearby Fort Sheridan, attended Lake Forest College, and will graduate together before heading off to pursue advanced degrees at the University of South Carolina.


Christian Juillerat ’16 is a chemistry and physics double-major who is minoring in music. Her husband, Jacob Juillerat ’16, is a math and physics double-major. With just days left till Commencement, Christian and Jacob are Foresters you should know:

Q: What drew you to Lake Forest College?

Christian: “My dad is military and he was stationed in Great Lakes, so we moved here from Virginia. I went to Highland Park High School my junior and senior years. Jacob and I knew we wanted to get married, so I applied to seven colleges, including Lake Forest. When I found out the Richter Program offered research after your first year, I decided to come here.”

Jacob: “I came to Lake Forest, because it was near Christian. I’m a year older, so I started here her senior year of high school. We got married the day after she graduated, and she started here that fall. I enjoyed my first year with my professors, so that’s why we decided to stay.” 

Q: Have you had experiences here—besides your classes—that have helped prepare you for your future?

Christian: “I was a Richter Scholar and did a 10-week research project with Professor Cody. I was doing exploratory synthesis in the lab—reacting chemicals together to see if we could create something new. I was asked to return the following summer to work on same research project, and that turned into my senior thesis. ”

Jacob: “I did my senior thesis on transcendental numbers, where I got to see what doing research would be like during graduate school. We also both worked as tutors on campus, and for high school and middle school students. We realized we were really good at it.”

Q: What do you do in your free time?

Christian: “I play bassoon in my free time and am involved in several ensembles through the College—band, orchestra, a woodwind quintet, a woodwind trio, and Lake Forest Moving Picture ensemble.”

Jacob: “I play the baritone sax in a jazz band on campus. It’s fun. We’re also in a tabletop gaming club: the Planeswalker club. We play board games and trading-card games. It’s a weekly Friday night thing. A lot of people get together and play games for two hours or so.”

Q: What are your plans after graduation?

Christian: “We’re going to the University of South Carolina—which will be nearer our parents, who are all in Virginia Beach, Virginia. We only applied to schools on the East Coast. I’m going to pursue a PhD in chemistry. I’m not sure what I’m going to do after that. I could be a professor, or I could teach high school, or work in industry. I haven’t decided yet.” 

Jacob: “I’m going to get my master’s in math and then my PhD. I want to teach at a liberal arts college. I’ve always enjoyed tutoring and teaching, and, because there are fewer students at a liberal arts college, you get to know them better and make a greater impact.” 

Q: Any advice?

Christian: “Find the subject that you like and pursue it. Above all, figure out how to study. Once you do that, you’ll get it.”

Jacob: “Talk to your advisors. I should’ve initiated conversation more with my advisor. So that’s my best advice: Get to know your advisor.”

Q: Parting words?

Christian: “Good luck in whatever you choose to pursue, wherever life leads you.”

Jacob: “Good bye and good luck.”