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Meet Julia Ough


Daughter of a Wake Forest alumna, Julia is excited to carry on the Demon Deacon name a generation later. “I was a feisty child, always trying to keep up with my (much) older and (much) bigger brother. This earned me the nickname Scout, after Atticus Finch’s daughter in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’”

If you could travel back in time, where would you go?
If you had asked me last year, I would have said the 1920s on a rainy day in a Parisian café with my favorite ex-pat writers and artists (à la “Midnight in Paris”). Today, I don’t know that I would go back in time. I love participating in this generation of thinkers, creators and innovators.

Why are you and Wake Forest a good match?
I visited Wake Forest the summer before my senior year and was swept away by the cornerstone value of Pro Humanitate, opportunity for enriched learning and a precedent of community.

What are you most looking forward to pursuing at Wake Forest?
I’m open to and interested in so many different aspects of life. Music, creation and art are my greatest passions and those which I would like to pursue at Wake Forest. I’d love to join Wake Radio, and work with local museums and galleries.

What’s the most life-changing event you’ve faced in your life?
I spent a month in Milan, Italy, living with a French family as a foreign exchange student. I speak French, but little Italian (by that I mean I know how to order gelato, politely). That month, I spent a lot of time on my own getting to know the city by visiting museums and monuments, and using public transportation. Being self-determined and independent in an unfamiliar place helped me to understand how intrinsic those two aspects of myself are to my identity.

What is it that most excites you about the journey you’re about to begin?
The endless possibilities. I can take my life in any direction I want, explore new paths and have a good time while doing it. If that doesn’t get you excited, I don’t know if anything will.

Imagine yourself in four years at graduation. What will you be thinking?
Thank you to the University, the faculty and professors, and to the community.