Inspired to do more following the first year of the Engineering Innovation program, Taylor applied to be a teaching assistant. Although he knew the program, the experience still offered lessons that made him stronger.
“You have to work hard and achieve to be successful,” he said. “Participating can increase your acceptance rate at colleges if you know you want to be an engineer.”
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During his upcoming assignment at Johns Hopkins, his responsibilities will be similar but he will also need to be accessible to the students who have questions after classes.
“I really understand the difference between college and a high school level class,” said Taylor, who confessed the hardest part for him is being away from home for four weeks, which he’s never done.
Having already taken college-level classes the past two years at Clark State Community College, he’ll take all his senior year courses there. His goal is to complete his college prerequisites with the hopes of graduating with an associate’s degree in math.
From there, Taylor hopes he’ll be preparing to attend Johns Hopkins to go study electrical engineering a year from now. But he’d also be happy at the University of Illinois or the Colorado School of Mines studying petroleum engineering.