Taylor, a mechanical engineering junior, has already written and published her first book and is now in the process of writing her second.
Taylor grew up in a small town in Kansas with a population of 8,000. Her family now lives in Tulsa.
“Attending a public school in a small town taught me the value of hard work, individuality and respect for people,” Taylor said. “When I was 16, I moved to Tulsa and attended a private school and learned the value of diversity, communication and respect for myself.”
The transition from a small public school to a larger private school altered Taylor’s life, and she talks extensively about her experiences in her book, she said.
Taylor’s first book, “The Conversation Starts Here: A Perspective of Self, Culture and the American Society,” talks about bridging the miscommunication gap.
“My purpose in writing this book is to shed light on the gray areas of communication and help others to understand that not all people who impact you in a negative way have negative intentions,” Taylor said. “My life has equipped me with many examples that force me to give humanity the benefit of the doubt in regards to other people’s motives.”
These lessons have taught Taylor about starting new relationships with a clean slate and giving multiple chances to walk in someone else’s shoes, she said.
Taylor is currently working on her second book, “Pressing Past the Pain,” which has a different intended audience than her first book.
“This book is for the ladies and highlights the power of self-love, letting go and pressing past the pain of a relationship that did it’s best to break you,” Taylor said. “This book teaches women how to root themselves with faith and hope for the future rather than an unchangeable past that only brings your spirit down.”
Though Taylor has been a successful writer, she chose to major in mechanical engineering. In fact, she said she never considered majoring in English.
“I was visiting OU and had a tour scheduled for the College of Journalism at four, so I was encouraged to visit another tour as I waited,” Taylor said. “I chose to go tour the College of Engineering, and visiting that college felt like home from the moment I set foot into Rawls Engineering Practice Facility. That day, I never made it to hear about the school of journalism, and I absolutely do not regret it.”
For four terms, Taylor has worked for two leading companies in the engineering industry, Shell Oil Company and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Company, she said.
“Success in writing has been a great accomplishment, but the success I have accomplished in engineering is also rewarding,” Taylor said.
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