A Christian Liberal Arts University, Est. 1846

Ashley Smith

Graduate Assistant
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Why I Came to Taylor

Successful education requires not only recognizing the potential in others but loving them well enough to walk through that process with them. Higher education professionals encourage this principle by fostering learning environments which allow students to grow and receive the best educational experience possible. This learning takes place not only within traditional academic classrooms, but also on athletic fields, during chapel programming, inside residence halls, and many other areas. Taylor University is an incredible example of how this environment can be achieved, and it is an honor to learn from the success here. 

Before coming to Taylor’s MAHE program, I attended Anderson University in South Carolina. I graduated in 2017 with a B.A. in Communication: Public Relations. Through various undergraduate experiences in admissions, orientation, and residence life, I uncovered an unwavering passion for the mission of higher education. College is a crucial time where students are developing academically, professionally, emotionally, and spiritually. Each student comes searching for truth and purpose, and working within higher education provides a unique opportunity to foster that growth in a multitude of ways. 

I am grateful for the opportunity to join the Taylor community as the MAHE Office Graduate Assistant. This role allows me to work with the faculty who ensure the program achieves its mission, as well as assist prospective and current students. I am confident that my experience in the program’s eleventh cohort will not only prepare me for a career after graduate school but also equip me with the skills necessary to be a lifelong learner and practitioner, regardless of where life after MAHE may take me.