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John Taylor '23

As a natural-born leader who one day hopes to join the ranks of the U.S. Navy, John Taylor '23 found a home in Curry the second he stepped on campus. The psychology major, who attended a small high school in New York, knew that he wanted to stick with intimate class sizes that provide a personalized learning experience. With endless extracurricular opportunities, a robust academic curriculum, and breathtaking campus views, Curry rose to the top of his list, and it’s where today he has evolved as a student, leader, and person.

As an Orientation Leader, Student Government Association President, and Class President, Taylor quickly leveraged his leadership skills into the ultimate experience at Curry. In 2021, he received the Emerging Leader Award as part of the College’s 51st Annual Awards Day Celebration.

“Being a leader is in my DNA, so it came as no surprise that student government has become a home within a home for me,” says Taylor. “It has allowed me to grow and develop as a leader and build many skills that will allow me to become an effective worker in the future.”

Taylor has also evolved as a scholar through energizing discussion inside the classroom. “My favorite professor so far is Robert Smid. He has an effective approach to teaching his class that allows me to have more thought-provoking discussions,” he says. “I also found his classes to be very interesting, particularly Ethics and Buddhism.”

While his schedule may be jam-packed, Taylor says his on-campus involvement has made him enjoy his life to the fullest and encourages other students at Curry to do the same. “My number one piece of advice, for not only a first-year students but for everyone, is to get involved,” he says. “There are sports, clubs, jobs, and many more opportunities at Curry that give you the chance to make friends and build the skills you need for the real world.”