Trevor Taylor on campus

Trevor Taylor, BSEd '17:
Finding Community

Q: How did a School of Education scholarhisp make a difference for you?

As the fall semester 2015 was approaching,I wasn’t sure I would be able to come back because of financial circumstances. One day I saw this homeless woman. She wasn’t asking for anything, but I felt led to give her something, so I gave her $5. When I got home and checked my mail, I saw an award letter from the School of Education. I was the recipient of a scholarship for Fall 2015. Without that scholarship from the School of Education and the generosity of Baylor donors, I wouldn’t have been able to attend Baylor for fall semester. It was something I prayed about, and I felt like God made a way out of no way. The whole experience helped me grow in my faith and it reminded me and confirmed that God is always faithful — even when we forget that we prayed for something.

Q: Why did you choose an Education degree?

During orientation, I was focused on becoming a psychologist, but due to God’s perfect timing, I felt the need to major in education. Maybe I wanted to be a psychologist, but God wanted me to be a teacher.

My father wasn’t there, so my father figure was my principal. Kids spend a third of the day at school, so they need to receive some love there. When I teach my eighth graders, I feel satisfied— connecting with them and helping them. I feel I make an impact.

Q: What brought you to Baylor?

There’s so much. Honestly it was the sense of community. I struggled in high school finding genuine community. It was diffiucult to fit in, and as a result, I tried to please other people. I was lonely. With Baylor I felt a sense of genuine love and care immediately.

In the School of Education, we are a tight-knit group. From the first day, the professors treated me like their own, and I knew fellow students would become lifelong friends. We carpool to our school campuses. We sit and talk after class. I was so happy to cross the stage with these people. They are my family.