Julie BorkinAssistant Professor of Communication
BA, Communication, Oakland University
Advice to Incoming Students
Being new to Taylor, I am something of a freshman myself so I’ll share the same thoughts I’m still processing. Anytime we make a big life change (new school, city, employer, work team, etc.), it is such a beautiful opening to notice what has become normal or important in our lives so that we can also move toward new norms and habits and find new values and priorities. I hope we all commit to savoring the freshness of the opportunity for entering into good things and also release anything that holds us back. Being willing to do ‘new’ well is a great habit of a lifelong learner – and that’s a good thing for sure!
Why I Came to Taylor
I chose Taylor after my pastor, a Taylor alum, spoke so highly of Taylor and taught about the “order of the towel”. That’s how I want to live and now I get to do it in community with the students, staff, and faculty who are committed to humble service as well. It doesn’t get any better than that.
I love to walk, play the piano, journal, and cook. I’m hoping to learn golf soon too.
Major Career Accomplishments
What matters to me most is teaching well – those lightbulb moments for students or me or both! It’s really an honor to be doing that full time here at Taylor. At times, it seems the hands of the clock have fast-forwarded to the end of our time. I am also proud of the way my training and experiences have translated to other environments outside of academics – to ministry, encouragement, and community engagement. My highest goal is for my “ceiling” to be the next generation’s “floor”. If I can support others to know and act on who God made them to be – it doesn’t get any better than that!