How I Discovered My Value in User Experience Design

Everyone wants a career they love. For me, I’ve always wanted a career that allowed me to be creative, thoughtful, impactful, passionate, and analytical. In elementary school, I remember telling my teacher I wanted to be a writer. At some point, I wanted to own my own publishing company so that I could help other…

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Instapoets and the New Fame of Poetry

Poetry has entered a new realm with bright and shining lights (or just massive followers) through viral social media fame. Poets are now using sites like Instagram and Tumblr to build their platforms in a much more visible space than ever before but it’s not without backlash. These short poems that focus on love and…

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My Journey in Applying for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (aka) An Article on Shooting Your Shot

Here’s the thing about the NSF GRFP application. According to my obsessive research on Google and Quora, winning it seems to be something like pure luck (not to diminish the winning applicants). I’ve never been particularly lucky, but I’d like to think I’m somewhat of an optimist. For those who aren’t aware of what the…

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How to Cope With Loneliness in Graduate School

When I first decided to move half way across the country, I felt a burst of explorative energy. I’ve lived (three hours) away from home for the last five years during undergrad. I’ve traveled 11 hours+ across the world to study abroad for four weeks. I’ve always been the independent one who prefers to be…

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My answer to the question “What do you want to do when you grow up?”

So, the question is still being asked disguised as “What do you want to do with your degree? What do you “do”? What’s your plan?” Let’s face it. When people ask this question, they are looking for a solid answer say – I want to be a pediatrician, lawyer, teacher, zoologist, etc. What they aren’t…

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VLOG: Truthfully Taylor Television

Truthfully Taylor TV is back! It has been such a long time since I started my vlog and bought my first camera years ago. So much has changed since then. It’s still some work getting myself in front of a camera, but I had to keep reminding myself that it’s okay if it’s not “perfect”…

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