Taylor was the youngest person ever accepted into the New Jersey State Youth Orchestra Chamber Music Players. While still grammar-school age, she would busk with her violin around the Sayreville area, sometimes raising money for charity or disaster relief.
At 3 years old, Taylor knew she wanted to be a violinist. Ten years later, she was playing at Carnegie Hall.
Taylor cites Monmouth University’s location as a major factor in her college choice—though she lives on campus, she is close enough to home to visit family whenever she wants, and is also within driving distance of most of her performance venues.
How Monmouth helped me achieve my goals
“I have been playing the violin since I was five years old,” Taylor said. “It has become a very important part of my life—I have opened up for national acts such as Tim McGraw and Lady Antebellum, performed for Bruce Springsteen, and played on many stages throughout the country. In addition to my love for performing, I have also always had a passion for math.
“Upon entering college, I knew that I wanted to be able to do both math and music. Here at Monmouth University, I can pursue both of these passions. This was one of the biggest deciding factors for me when choosing colleges to attend.
“Both departments have worked with me so that I will be able to graduate on time with a degree in both majors. Even though both departments are so different from each other, they do have one very important aspect in common: the personalized attention they provide to their students. I truly feel at home at Monmouth University, and I am so happy I made the decision to come here.”
Organizations that helped me as a student
“My involvement on campus has enriched my Monmouth experience.
As a member of the Honors School, this past year I was a peer mentor. I helped Honors
School freshmen with their transition into college. This school year, I will be
a coordinator for the mentoring program. Also this past year, I was on the
executive board of the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, and I was elected as their
president for this year. I will also be a peer learning assistant for a first-year
seminar class and will be a peer mentor for the School of Science. I am also
part of the Residence Hall Association (RHA) where I am the current Vice President
Why I'm proud of Monmouth
“I am proud because of the great community that exists at Monmouth. I have met so many people here whom I am fortunate enough to now call my friends. Also, the professors here are simply wonderful. I have gained so much knowledge and insight. They truly have an interest in my education, and they are always there for me.”
My favorite Monmouth memory
“Meeting the seven strangers I was placed to live with in my dorm suite during my first year was an unforgettable experience. I now can call those seven strangers my best friends. We have created memories here that I will never forget. They have truly made my experience at Monmouth amazing, and I can’t imagine it without them.”