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Taylor Maxey '13

Hometown: Poway, CA

Major: Psychology

Minor: Theater

Extracurricular Involvement:

  • Varsity: Volleyball, Track and Field
  • GLBT Equality Initiative
  • Washingtones
  • Work: IT Desk, Lenfest Center

Off-Campus Experiences: I will study Abroad in Sweden this coming spring

Favorite W&L Memory: My freshman year my hallmates and I woke up at 3AM to watch the meteor shower. We all trek down to the lacrosse field, only to realize its cloudy. We still lay out our blankets, thinking it may clear up soon. We spend 2 hours out there talking and laughing, and only occasionally glancing at the sky. We then realize that the sky won't clear up and we trek back to our hall, enter our respective dorms and go back to sleep.

Favorite Classes: Cross-cultural psychology and Intro to African American Studies

Favorite W&L Event: Fancy Dress

Favorite Campus Landmark: I love going out to the Colonade on a sunny day and studying barefoot outside

Why did you choose W&L? I got a partial scholarship, and the speaking tradition

Why did you choose your major? I like science, and I enjoy helping people

What professor has inspired you? Dr. Stewart, Dr. Gregory (visiting professor), and Owen Collins

How have you spent your summers? I go back home and train for volleyball season, hang out with old friends

Advice for prospective or first-year students? Dont be afraid to try new things, college is your ultimate learning experience, but please remain true to yourself. The pressure to be like everyone around you can be greater than before.

What do you wish you'd known before you came to campus? That the hardest thing I will have to learn has nothing to do with academics.

During the senior year of high school, most students choose the college that they will attend. However, I believe that Washington and Lee truly chose me. Washington and Lee sought me out, brought me out to visit for a weekend and made me feel like I belonged. I started out not knowing how my relationship would be with this school, and it turned out better than I could have asked for. I am a psychology major and a theater minor, and I am very proud of my participation with this school beyond academics. I am known as dual sport athlete, a member of the GLBT Equality Initiative and a member of the Mindbending student theater production. I also work at the Information Technology Desk, helping my fellow student resolve problems with their computers and computer networks. Washington and Lee has enabled me bring out many aspects of myself that were not utilized. The University provided me with much more than just an array of extracurricular activities; it offered me a means to explore my potential and to develop my talents across several fields of endeavor.

This university does more than just educate me. It makes me rise to a higher level and holds me to a higher standard of excellence. The honor system at Washington and Lee reminds me that who I am and that what I stand for is just as important as my grade point average and the classes I take. Here at Washington and Lee, the professors truly trust and respect their students. They believe that those who walk the grounds of the campus will act honorably and sometimes leave the room once tests have been distributed. The classes here are small, which allows the professors to know each of their students and build a personal relationship with them. It is a good feeling to walk into their offices during office hours, ask questions and further debate the material presented in class. It is wonderful to have them answer your questions and show genuine interest in your education. The professors here truly respect their students and in turn, respect you as a person.

Washington and Lee was the best choice for me. I grew up on the west coast, so moving far away has helped me gain independence. The small town surrounding the campus creates a heightened sense of community, and the university allows you to learn more than just what you read in a textbook--it allows you to learn about yourself.