Five Questions with Taylor Elliott
Taylor Elliott brings her winning spirit to the Dean’s Office.
Name: Taylor Elliott
Position: Administrative support specialist, Dean’s Office
Time at the Gillings School: Just over a year
What I do at UNC Gillings (and why I love it): I’m the first face you see when you enter the Dean’s Office. I help people with general inquiries and redirect people who are lost. I answer the phone, help plan School events, handle parking requests for our visitor spaces and do a lot of behind-the-scenes logistics to keep things running smoothly.
My favorite part of working here is the people on my team. That can really make or break a job! Everyone in our office has a fantastic work ethic and is willing to pitch in and help out.
I’m originally from: Delmar, a tiny and not-so-creatively named town on the border of Delaware and Maryland. After I graduated from high school, I moved to D.C. to attend college at The Catholic University of America; then I came to Durham in May of last year to join my fiancé in his home town. I actually moved down here on a Sunday and started this job the very next day!
An adventure I’ve had: is switching my major in my senior year of college. I had been studying elementary education when I had a light bulb moment: I didn’t actually want to teach! I did want to work in an academic environment, though, so I changed majors to education studies. That last year was wild – I found an internship to replace the student teaching I would have done, and that led to me planning events for different D.C. nonprofits and meeting people like Paul Ryan and John Boehner.
I also played field hockey in college, which was the best part of my experience there. Our conference had us traveling all over Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia… We advanced to the Elite Eight twice, which was so exhilarating! Now, I play in a co-ed summer league that meets up in Durham.
If I were someone else: I would be Hermione Granger! The wizarding world just seems like so much fun. I’ve been to the Harry Potter theme park inside Universal Studios, and I actually was involved in a very dramatic wand-snapping incident. But back to Hermione: She’s super intelligent and witty, and a strong woman in general – plus, who wouldn’t want to be able to do magic?
Three words that describe me are: Outgoing. Fun-loving. Loyal.
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