Full Name: Taylor Payne
HomeTown: Monroe Township, NJ
Major(s): Social Studies Secondary Education
Semester of Graduation: Spring 2018
Why did you join the Honors College?
I was excited for the opportunity to stand out amongst my peers by participating in the honors level classes.
How has the Honors College shaped your experience at Millersville University?
Becoming a part of the honors college was the second-best decision I made in regards to my college education, the first was going to Millersville in the first place. I have made so many close friends, as well as being introduced to new opportunities and connections that have been able to help me advance in my ambitions here.
What was your favorite honors course? Why?
My favorite Honors course was Topics: Eugenics in American History with Dr. Downey because it introduced me to a part of American history which I had never really been taught about before.
What was your favorite honors professor? Why?
Probably Dr. Maxwell. His wealth of knowledge and experiences make him an incredible person to just listen to, and learning from him is a privilege.
How many credits do you typically take?
I normally take 15 credits a semester.
What other organizations have you been a part of?
I am a part of the History Club, Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies, the Honors College Student Association, and the John Newman Association.
What leadership roles have you had on campus?
I was honored to be chosen as an orientation leader this past summer (on the recommendation of an honors college professor)
What was your favorite Honors College event (i.e. New York, D.C., Skyzone, Spooky Nook, corn mazes, etc.)? Why?
The Washington D.C. trip is always my favorite. As a history major, the capitol is one of my favorite places to go and the Honors College allows me to go there at least once a year at a super easy price.
What community service events have you completed while in the honors college? This does not necessarily have to be for honors college community service credit.
I have participated the past 3 years in the Day of Caring through Millersville as well as wrapping presents for pediatric cancer patients.
What does your typical day look like?
My typical day includes classes, homework, reading (lots of reading), and going to my job. When all that is done, I always try to make time to hang out with my roommate and friends.
What advice would you give to incoming Freshman?
Try new things, don’t be afraid to reach out or do something you’ve never done before. College is an experience that is supposed to help you figure out who you are and who you want to be. Challenge yourself, learn something new every day, and you will leave college with much more than a degree. You’ll have new skills, new friends, and be better prepared to face the world ahead.