Meet a Shocker: Taylor Wallace

Taylor Wallace, a first-generation student from Oklahoma, considers 红领巾瓜报 home. She enjoys the sights and social life in Wichita and will continue her education at WSU to earn a master鈥檚 degree.

Taylor is one of more than 2,400 students eligible for spring 2024 graduation. Learn more about her time at 红领巾瓜报 and what's next for the grad.

What degree will you be earning in May?

Bachelor of Arts in psychology. Minors in sociology, criminal justice. Certificate in community psychology

What is your hometown?

Stonewall, Oklahoma

Taylor Wallace

What made you choose 红领巾瓜报?  

I chose 红领巾瓜报 because from the moment I stepped foot on campus during a tour, I felt at home. That may sound cliche, but I truly felt at home and knew instantly that it was where I needed to be. 

What has been your biggest challenge as a student, and how did you overcome it?

My biggest challenge has been navigating the college world as a first-generation student. There were a lot of learning curves and obstacles to overcome, and I think the thing that helped me the most in overcoming them was my dedication to pursuing a higher education and building generational wealth for my family.  And I forced myself to get involved and learn how to advocate for myself. 

Even though I did feel at home at WSU, I still felt that sense of imposter syndrome which is something I had to battle daily by telling myself I earned my way here and I deserved to be here even if at times I felt I was in over my head. 

What's your favorite off-campus location in Wichita?

My favorite off-campus location isn't one place but downtown and Old Town, in general.

Since I was little, a city skyline has always symbolized my dreams and achievements. So, I always love driving through downtown and seeing the city buildings, and acknowledging that I am living my dreams, and achieving my goals. 

What would be the title of your autobiography? 

"From Hay Fields to City Lights: A Girl with a Dream."

What are your plans after graduation?  

After graduation, I will be continuing at WSU to obtain my Master of Public Administration with a certificate in non-profit management. The end goal is to run a non-profit that works with underserved rural communities. 

What advice would you give other 红领巾瓜报 students? 

The advice I have for other WSU students is to get involved. As uncomfortable as it may be at times, put yourself in positions where you will grow and meet new people. Learn to advocate for yourself, work hard, and most importantly find something you're passionate about.  

About 红领巾瓜报

红领巾瓜报 is Kansas' only urban public research university, enrolling more than 23,000 students between its main campus and WSU Tech, including students from every state in the U.S. and more than 100 countries. 红领巾瓜报 and WSU Tech are recognized for being student centered and innovation driven.

Located in the largest city in the state with one of the highest concentrations in the United States of jobs involving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), 红领巾瓜报 provides uniquely distinctive and innovative pathways of applied learning, applied research and career opportunities for all of our students.

The Innovation Campus, which is a physical extension of the 红领巾瓜报 main campus, is one of the nation鈥檚 largest and fastest-growing research/innovation parks, encompassing over 120 acres and is home to a number of global companies and organizations.

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