College: Florida Institute of Technology
Future Major: Forensic Psychology
Taylor M. had wanted to be a pre-school teacher in high school. So much so that she decided that she would take early childhood education courses taught at her high school. By the end of the course, Taylor would get her teaching certification for pre-school students. It seemed like her future was certain.
Yet, things took a turn for Taylor when she decided she wanted to research (on her own) Forensic Psychology. Her interest peaked in the subject after watching Criminal Minds. It is safe to say that TV sometimes can change your life. While she googled forensic psychology schools in Florida, she found the one.
Florida Institue of Technology was the ONLY school in Florida that offered the major that she wanted. On the bonus side, FIT was close enough to home for her to be able to visit on weekends. Telling her parents, they told her to think about it. The following day at school, they took a college matching test, and FIT was her number one result. That’s when she knew it was meant to be.
Overall, Taylor thinks that high schools don’t do enough to tell students what to do as far as getting into college and applying for college. They simply “don’t tell you what to do”. Taylor didn’t study for standardized tests. She felt as if she never had the time and wasn’t motivated to do it. Her school didn’t make an effort to emphasize the importance of studying for standardized testing to the students. This, combined with not having a group to study with or to keep her motivated, is where Taylor feels she fell short. “If I had a group of friends to study with, I probably would have tried more,” She says. She also noted that she didn’t get the score she wanted, yet she believes that her score ultimately got her into FIT, which was important to her.
Taylor participated in the band in high school. She did marching band and concert band all four years. She held leadership positions such as Percussion Captain. She felt that this really showed her dedication to colleges. She also continued with her early childhood classes, because she wanted to show continuity to her resume despite changing career paths in high school. Outside of school, Taylor did dance competitions on a dance team and worked the summers as a camp counselor. To Taylor, she wouldn’t change a thing.
As far as the struggles and advice she would give, Taylor said that staying organized and filing all her important documents since the beginning of high school kept her grounded. She recommends file folders that you can organize your tests, quizzes, important report cards, AP scores, etc. This portfolio helped her apply for colleges and remember her achievements. Her biggest struggle so far has been figuring out how to pay for college. As an expensive private school, Taylor is on the hunt to find school loans that will help her pay for her college tuition. She plans on holding a job to help pay for the costs while she is there.