Julia Betti

Sonoma State University |


Julia Betti’s journey involves tragedy and triumph. At age 11, her world was forever changed when her 14-year-old sister, Jenna, tragically lost her life when she was struck by a train near the family’s home in Martinez, California.

Losing her role model and best friend was devastating for Julia, a young girl with big dreams. With the support of her parents, she learned it was OK to feel the emotions of her loss, talk about it, and let herself grieve. Now ten years later, Julia is a strong and successful woman.

A year after her sister’s death, Julia was encouraged by her parents to see a grief counselor. She did and learned valuable life skills, including journaling and communicating when facing challenges. Despite her loss, she’s never gotten to the point of feeling alone in life.

“I’m so grateful I learned these lessons at such a young age because it led me to a place now where I feel strong enough to deal with other adverse situations in life,” explains Julia. “I learned that speaking about your feelings isn’t a sign of weakness, but a sign of wisdom, as only the strong seek help.”

Her sister’s dream of playing college soccer became Julia’s. Following a decorated career at Alhambra High School, where she earned All-League Honorable Mention twice and the team Offensive MVP in her senior season, Julia chose to attend Sonoma State. In addition to the great curriculum and competitive soccer program, Julia felt the coaching staff there would create the ideal environment for her to succeed.

Though her freshman season was cancelled due to the pandemic, Julia has been a valued member of the soccer team for the past three seasons. She started 57 games, scored three goals, and added four assists while playing nearly 78 minutes per game. She was recognized as All- California Collegiate Athletic Association Honorable Mention in both 2022 and 2023.