Student Spotlight

Taylor Ross '16

Taylor Ross, Class of 2016
Elementary Education

I would describe my MU journey as engaging and influential. I have been involved in two pathways of the MU journey: leadership and community engagement. During my first year at Methodist, I was given the opportunity to step into leadership positions and become part of leadership organizations. On the soccer team, I was chosen by my classmates to be the freshman captain. This position allowed me to be a positive influence and example for my fellow soccer players and gave me an even greater influence on the field. I am a goalkeeper, and my job is to be a leader and help direct my teammates in front of me. If I do not do my job on the field, it makes it more difficult on all the other players. This made me grow, not only as an individual, but more importantly, as a teammate.

In the classroom, I was given the opportunity to be a part of Student Leaders at Methodist (SL@M). In this program, faculty members nominate freshmen, and we participate in sessions designed to help us grow in our leadership abilities. After graduating SL@M, I was nominated to be involved in another program called the Leadership Fellows Program. This is a program that I will participate in for the next three years. The Leadership Fellows Program is designed to help me grow as a leader, not only on campus or in the classroom, but also outside of school. Finally, during my freshman year, I was selected to be a part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) leadership team.

If you are trying to decide if MU is the place for you, I think there are a few important questions you should ask yourself. Does MU offer a degree in the field you would like to study? Do you want to attend a small school in which you will feel as though you have a family away from home? Do you want to attend a school in which your professors will truly care how you are doing in your classes? Do you want to attend a university in which you can truly make a difference before you graduate? If you answered yes to these questions, then Methodist University is the place for you. I can honestly say Methodist University is my home. I love being here, and I have never had a thought of going anywhere else.

Taylor Ross ’16
Elementary Education with a minor in Leadership Studies
Elon, North Carolina

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