We sent over 100 images from a photo shoot that took place at SCC two years ago. As a recent graduate of UC Davis, earning a BA in Political Science-Public Service with a minor in American Studies, we connected to catch up.
SCC: What was going through your mind when you looked at the photos?
Taylor: My immediate response was that it seemed like graduation from SCC was so long ago. In reality, it was quite a short time. I also thought about how fortunate I was to have been able to complete both my SCC and UC Davis journeys in my original four-year plan, without having to extend into a fifth year.
SCC: What has your journey been like from SCC to UCD? Did you miss SCC?
Taylor: I luckily had a relatively seamless journey from SCC to UCD. I attribute that to the SCC honors program and the professors that challenged my work ethic and academic ability. I missed the community of SCC, and how personable and supportive SCC professors always were.
SCC: Which SCC professor(s) made the greatest impact in your academic pursuits, and why?
Taylor: Sherri Patton from the history department made the greatest impact on my academic pursuits. Professor Patton’s classes were always both engaging challenging, and they pushed me to be a better student. She also served as a research sponsor during my time in the honors program, and I would not have been able to present at two research conferences without her support. Her progressive teaching style allowed me to expand my historical and political views, and that approach helped me succeed at UC Davis.
SCC: You work at the Sacramento Youth Alliance as a program coordinator. Why is it important for you to contribute to the mission of taking action to build a society that respects and protects the rights of young people?
Taylor: I believe that young people are often left out of the decision making that shapes our communities. I joined SYA as a member in 2016, and was later promoted to the coordinator position, which has allowed me to explore what it means to be a community organizer and engage young people in a meaningful way.
SCC: You were a scholarship recipient at SCC; is there anything you would like to share with donors?
Taylor: Receiving scholarships from the SCC Foundation granted me peace of mind throughout my college experience. I am a first generation college student, and that financial support allowed me to stay on track for my four-year graduation plan. Without those gifts, my academic experience at SCC and UC Davis would have been much more challenging.
SCC: What’s next? Do you have plans to pursue an advanced degree?
Taylor: I do plan to continue my education, but I’m currently taking some time off to build my professional experience. I plan to pursue a Master’s in Public Policy someday.