Julie Coen was born and raised in Kingston, Tennessee, and in 2018 graduated summa cum laude from Rhodes College with a major in commerce and business and minors in economics, international studies, and anthropology/sociology. While in school, she participated in the wind ensemble, Greek life, and community service related to food justice. She also studied abroad in Europe and Latin America. She hopes to eventually conduct market research for international firms.

What was your most meaningful service experience or extracurricular activity in college and why?
My first summer in college, I did a fellowship with the Food Justice Ministries of a local church. I had the chance to complete a diverse set of tasks (gardening, cooking, research, and more), make connections that continue to this day, and learn about some overarching issues and affected individuals. The experience also helped me find a religious community while away from home and led me to spend the next summer studying inequality and grocery stores in Memphis.

What is your favorite quote from a book, film, or song?
I like, “It only ends once; anything that happens before that is just progress” from Lost. It helps me to be less dejected and more inspired to improve when things don’t go the way I expected!

Name and describe a memorable place you’ve been.
I once had the chance to visit Parque de la Memoria, which is a monument in Argentina to victims of state-sponsored terrorism. The beautiful grounds there clash with wall-upon-wall of names. It was significant for me to compare that place with the accounts of local museums, international sources, and a class I took the next year on forensic anthropology and human rights.

What do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy practicing my trumpet, reading and learning new things, and keeping up with Grey’s Anatomy. I am also a huge fan of card games and board games!