Katie Coyne is a journalism major at the County College of Morris (CCM), Randolph, New Jersey. She plans to transfer to Fairleigh Dickinson University to earn a Bachelor’s degree in English literature, and may consider graduate studies.
She’d like to land an editing or reporting job, and eventually a college teaching job in English or journalism. Katie feels strongly about mental health and women’s rights, and would like to do interviews and write articles on these and other subjects that could make a positive difference in the world.
While at CCM, Katie served as the Entertainment Editor on the school’s newspaper, “The Youngtown Edition.” She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and Sigma Chi Eta, the Communication Honor Society.
Inspired by her grandfathers who served in the Air Force during the Korean War, she became a member of the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary two years ago. Katie is passionate about giving back, and attends Auxiliary meetings and assists with the dinners they serve for veterans.
When not doing schoolwork or volunteering, Katie can be found reading, baking, or creating artwork — or hiking, fishing, and hunting. She likes taking pictures and is happiest when she’s enjoying nature.
Katie is known by her friends as the person who is not afraid to be honest and speak her mind. She had this to say about participating in Writing Wrongs 2018:
I’d like people who have been victims to know that they are not alone in this. By sharing their stories, other people who have suffered will find hope and help. I hope that this writing project will also give victims a sense of closure from their experiences if they haven’t already found it … I’ve seen how hard it is for them to live a life without emotional complication. I’m hoping this project will provide victims and families with support that they could use, especially in a society that has silenced this for so long.