From Monroe to Cullowhee, Western Carolina junior Breanna Taylor traveled a long way to become a Catamount. Her Catamount journey began after she determined that Western Carolina was the perfect size for her. Not too big and not too small.
“Realistically, it was Appalachian or Western. I wanted a smaller school, and I didn’t want to be cold all the time,” said Taylor.
Back home, Taylor lives with her stepbrother, stepmom and father. She also has three other siblings that do not reside in the same household with her. Her mother and partner live in another home as well. Along with her family, she has three dogs and her brother owns a bearded dragon. The long trip from home makes holidays and breaks worthwhile.
As a Western Carolina student, Taylor is engaged in several different organizations and programs on campus. She is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, part of the media staff for Pride of the Mountains Marching Band, a Resident Assistant in Blue Ridge residence hall, an orientation counselor and a photographer for The Western Carolinian.
Taylor began taking photos her sophomore year of high school for her school yearbook. Ever since then, it has been a hobby of hers. She became interested in the photographer position at The Western Carolinian when she saw an opening on JobCat, the university’s employment website.
She has been taking photos for the school newspaper since last year. Her position began on a volunteer basis, but she is now paid.
“I get to pursue a hobby. It is pretty cool to see your work actually get published,” she said.
Generally, her student engagement activities take up most of her time, but Taylor still finds time to do the things she loves.
Along with photography, Taylor enjoys hanging out with friends, watching movies, playing board games and participating in sports. She is a versatile individual who truly enjoys being around others and the close-knit atmosphere at Western Carolina.
Taylor is an education major with a concentration in math. After graduation, Taylor sees herself getting a master degree as she would like to pursue a career in education. Although this seems like a concrete goal for Taylor, she is not quite certain what the future holds.
“I just want to graduate and make my family and friends proud, and to help them as much as I can,” stated Taylor. “The best thing about me; I love helping people and I’m super involved.”
Be sure to check out photographs by Taylor in this and upcoming issues of The Western Carolinian. If you would like to get to know Taylor more, you can visit her in the residential living office in Blue Ridge or contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.