Hi all, Jim here,
One of the things I’ve found during my time at UConn is to always take advantage of opportunities to learn more about other students. Not only is it interesting to learn more about people and their lives, but sometimes, you’ll also find that you never knew about the activities they’re involved in, and maybe you’d be interested in getting involved in them yourself! It’s always fun to find out what makes other people tick.
Recently, I had the opportunity to talk with Taylor Fitzpatrick, another LVC Colleague, all about her life. While Taylor is now attending UConn as in-state student from Sherman, CT, she was originally born in Manhattan – probably the source of all of her BIG personality. After moving around New York, she and her family, which includes senior LVC Colleague Allie, settled down in Sherman when she was five. On the surface, it appears that Taylor and Allie are very similar people, because they share many other same interests, but they have each found their own way to make their UConn experience uniquely their own.
Upon coming to campus, Taylor describes the experience as “a blur,” rushing a sorority, trying our for the Women’s Club Soccer Team, joining and eventually becoming Secretary of Art Club, and applying for a job at the Visitors Center. She says (and I certainly agree) that getting involved was the best thing she could have done. The support you get from all of the great people you meet are what makes those tough days a little bit easier, and gives you a ton of great friends to enjoy the good days! For Taylor, this was a great experience, because, like me, she initially was reluctant to attend UConn being from in-state. We shared the feeling that it may feel too much like high school. However, after attending open house, she fell in love with the school, and enrolled that day. Since then, she hasn’t looked back.
Aside from her wide range of extracurricular interests, Taylor has found a home as a Psychology major on a pre-Med track, minoring in Neuroscience. Initially, her interest in someday attending medical school led her toward a Biology major, but after taking an introductory sequence of classes in Psychology, found that the material was much more interesting to her, and settled into her current major. Being open minded and trying something different from the path you start out on can be very rewarding and lead you toward interests that can become true passions.
Looking forward, Taylor has a few years left of her college experience to determine exactly the career path she’d like to go on after college, but I know that her top-notch academic performance and impressive range of interests will take her anywhere she wants to go!