Name: Julia Couch
Major/Minor: Public Relations
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Why did you choose Belmont? As cliché as this might sound, Belmont felt like home the moment I stepped on campus. I came from a very community oriented all girls’ school in Louisville, KY, and was looking for the same feeling in a university. Belmont gave me the “warm fuzzies.” This is the greatest decision I have ever made. People always talk about how college is a time to reinvent yourself, or become a totally new person. I will never forget what someone once said during my Preview Day visit: “Belmont isn’t a place to become someone new. It’s a place to become more of who you already are.”
Why did you choose to be a Tour Guide? I have so much passion for this university and how it has impacted my life. I wanted to be able to share that with as many people as I could. It’s also really cool how many connections can be made with visitors that come to campus, and it’s always fun meeting new people. Every single prospective student has a unique story to tell, and I love being able to hear pieces of those stories.
What is your favorite on-campus event? My favorite on-campus event happened last year during basketball season. We had an event called “Crash the Curb,” where one of our basketball games was televised by ESPN. The Greek community and Student Activities Programing Board hosted a tailgate outside before the event started. The energy on this campus was crazy! Everyone was decked out in our Belmont gear, and it was a night of school spirit and unity. I’ve never seen the Curb Event Center as full as it was that night. It was such a special memory!
What is your favorite movie? Everyone always makes fun of me for being an “old soul,” but I was definitely born in the wrong era. My favorite movie is The Sound of Music. My family traveled to Germany when I was 12, and while we were there, we did the Sound of Music tour. Seeing the gazebo where Liesel and Rolf sang “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” was the coolest! It was also amazing to drive through the mountains were Maria sang “The Hills Are Alive,” and see house from the movie. My inner history nerd loved every minute of it.
What is your favorite song & artist/band? This could quite possibly be THE hardest question, ever. I love any and every song by John Mayer. I am also a huge Frank Sinatra fan – Fly Me to the Moon is my favorite.
What would you want to be your last meal on earth? For my last meal on earth, I would want to have Qdoba queso, Diet Coke, and an Oreo milkshake.
What is your favorite Nashville experience? My favorite Nashville experience was definitely seeing Ed Sheeran at the Ryman Auditorium. The venue is so full of history and many great names have shared the stage. At one point during the show, he turned off his mic and sang acapella. You could have heard a pen drop. It gave me chills!
What is your dream career after graduating from Belmont? My dream job after graduating Belmont is to be working with college students. I don’t know what I exactly want to do yet, whether that means working in admissions or in student activities, but I definitely want to work with young people. I would love to be able to provide the same servant leadership that has been given to me during my time here so far.
What is your favorite class that you have taken at Belmont and why? My favorite class I’ve taken at Belmont would definitely have to be my American Government class with Dr. May. It was the hardest class I have ever taken, but I grew the most as a student in this semester. Dr. May pushed me farther than I ever thought I could go, and I am richer for the experience.
If you could go back in time and give advice about college to 16-17 year old you, what would you say? When it comes down to picking out a college, there really isn’t a science to it. When I was reading about all these colleges and deciding where to tour and where not to tour, many of the colleges were similar. I was so bogged down with small details, and I wasn’t focused on the big picture. I knew that I would receive a good education regardless of where I went, and I was having trouble deciding where to go. What set Belmont apart for me was the feeling I had when I stepped on campus. I watched how professors, faculty, and administrators treated each other and students, as well as how students interacted with each other, and I knew that Belmont was different. What matters most is how I felt during my tour and my time on campus. When you know, you know. Belmont is my home.