Taylor had a strong sense that Hamilton was where she belonged from the moment she visited the Hill. Even though it was a gray and rainy day, the Wellesley, Mass., native recalls admiring the beauty of the campus and envisioning herself as a student. Now as a junior, that feeling remains; Hamilton is the right place for her.
Taylor says her professors are what set Hamilton apart from other colleges. She sees faculty as willing to offer their time inside and outside of office hours, in addition to making an investment in building personal relationships with students. Words like “approachable” and “compassionate” come to mind. “I know they truly care about us,” she says.
Taylor credits the accessibility of her professors with helping her learn to be proactive and advocate for herself. Specifically, she recalls how Professor of Mathematics Rob Kantrowitz ’82, who was assigned as her orientation adviser, immediately encouraged her to pursue the subjects about which she feels most passionate. With Professor Kantrowitz’s encouragement, Taylor has decided to double major in neuroscience and math. By doing this, she knows she will be able to keep her career path options open.
In addition to her classes, Taylor works as a grader for math homework assignments and as a teaching assistant for a psychology course. She is also captain of the Dance Team. “Keeping up with schoolwork, jobs, dancing and spending time with my friends is a constant juggling act, but I am working hard to find time for it all,” she says. The most important lesson she has learned at Hamilton so far is that hard work, perseverance and resourcefulness pay off.
Modeling after the good example alumni have set for her, Taylor looks forward to giving back to Hamilton after graduating, so that she can help to provide opportunities for the next generation.
The 1812 Leadership Circle recognizes Hamilton’s most generous supporters whose contributions form a living endowment that goes directly to the heart of a Hamilton education. Unrestricted gifts provide a significant source of financial aid. Gifts of $25,000 and more constitute roughly the equivalent of the average Hamilton financial aid package. In honor of donors at that level, Hamilton names an 1812 Leadership Circle Scholar.