8 Things Julia Sokolowski Wants You To Know Following Her Survivor: Kaoh Rong Send-Off

Julia Sokolowski reflects on her Survivor: Kaoh Rong journey.

Julia Sokolowski reflects on her Survivor: Kaoh Rong journey.

On the latest episode of Survivor: Kaoh Rong, Julia Sokolowski, a Boston-based college student and this season's youngest competitor, was sent packing after the other castaways realized she had been playing both sides of the camp. While Julia wasn't surprised by her elimination, there was one aspect of Tribal that left her blindsided. 

We were able to catch up with this season's latest cast-off, so find out what she had to say about what it was like aligning with Jason, what was her biggest regret in the game, and what her time on Survivor taught her about herself.
1. What was going through your head when you heard your name called at Tribal Council?

1. What was going through your head when you heard your name called at Tribal Council?

Julia: "I was definitely bummed, but, as a fan of the game, it was really cool. And this sounds terrible because, of course, I was devastated that I was out, but as much as you dream to win, it's also really cool to have your torch snuffed." 
2. Did you anticipate that Michele was going to write your name down?

2. Did you anticipate that Michele was going to write your name down?

Julia: "I had no idea. I wouldn't say that I was blindsided overall, but what I was blindsided by was the fact that Michele voted for me. I really didn't think she would flip. I was so caught off-guard. It definitely stung a little bit."
3. Did you really think playing both sides of the tribe would work out in your favor?

3. Did you really think playing both sides of the tribe would work out in your favor?

Julia: "I think that if you are able to play the middle, you can play it well, and work it all the way to end, [then] you have truly won and played an awesome, awesome game. I think that's the best way you can possibly win. You are solidifying relationships on both sides. 

So, playing the middle, although it's risky—and by no means did I do it elegantly—it can end up being amazing. It was worth the risk for me knowing and loving the game, but yeah, it was dangerous."
4. Was there one alliance you were truly committed to?

4. Was there one alliance you were truly committed to?

Julia: "I was always committed to Michele. She was my No. 1 throughout the entire game, so I really respected everything she ever said out there. 

But I definitely came to a point where I was closer to Scot and Jason, and the reason stemmed from Aubry simply crossing my name out at the Peter vote. Although a lot of people were, like, 'Oh, she saved you,' I still looked at her wanting to get me out, so my relationship with Aubry was a little bit tense out there."
5. Looking back, what's your biggest regret in the game?

5. Looking back, what's your biggest regret in the game?

Julia: "[The] one move I would've done differently was the night that Debbie went home. I didn't realize how supportive Debbie was to me. She was truly on my side. I thought she was full of it, at the time. She had a really tight relationship with Aubry, so I didn't trust her.

So, ultimately, I should have voted with the boys and gotten rid of Cydney because she [was] a huge threat and one of the very few power players in the game. It would have been the perfect opportunity to take her out. Then, I could have pulled Michele over to work with Jason, Scot, Tai, and I, and we would have had the numbers."
6. Who do you think is playing the smartest strategy at this point in the game?

6. Who do you think is playing the smartest strategy at this point in the game?

Julia: "I definitely think Cydney is one of the smartest players in the game right now. She has this ability to read through everything; she knows what's going on. There's no filter. She just sees and tells it like it is and that's something very admirable. That can be threatening, but it's also a great skill to have in the game. 

I also think that Aubry is playing a fantastic game. To me, her social game out there wasn't great, but it's different watching her back on TV. I definitely respect her a lot."
7. What would you have done about Jason had you stayed in the game?

7. What would you have done about Jason had you stayed in the game?

Julia: "I would have stayed close with Jason. I think my next potential move would have been to split up Aubry and Joe. They were a tight, tight pair and that's scary. Tight pairs are a threat in the game. That's another reason why I got voted out. Michele and I were a tight pair, Michele had Immunity, and I was an easy target. 

To take out Aubry or Joe, I would have to use Jason for that and I think he would have been on-board. He's loyal to a fault and that's something I really admire about him."
8. What has this whole Survivor experience taught you about yourself?

8. What has this whole Survivor experience taught you about yourself?

Julia: "I think I really, really grew up. I learned the value of relationships and not to judge a book by its cover.

[After] 29 days stranded on an island with these people, I know their ins and outs, strengths and weaknesses. Some of these people I spent so much time with are now some of my best friends. I really loved every single person out there. It was a great opportunity to learn about people and relationships."

Watch the episode where Julia was snuffed now and catch all-new episodes of Survivor: Kaoh Rong on Wednesdays at 8/7c.