The Story of Taylor

In January 2016, my mom and I were talking on FaceTime one Saturday and she mentioned that she heard about an organization called Dogs for the Deaf in southern Oregon that trained dogs for the deaf. She thought that this is something that would be worth looking into, especially with my impending graduation in May…

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Now that I have graduated, I’ve come across the question (from multiple people)…… Where do you see yourself in 10 years? First, let’s see how old I will be in 10 years. I am 24 now, so in 10 years I will be 34. Woah! I am a big believer in the growth mindset. Yes,…

The Dilemma

Today I wanted to bring up a dilemma that I have encountered in the job application process that is somewhat confusing and can be uncomfortable. I am sure that many of you know that there is a spot on the application where you have to check whether you have a disability and what it is….

Culture and Identity

I am now playing catch up from the last couple of months! Enjoy! In one of my classes a few months ago, we talked about culture and identity and how society influences this. We then talked about how this relates to the deaf society. I found this lecture fascinating and I just had to share…

Behind the Scenes…..

Many of you know that I starred in a film back in the late 1990’s to promote Listening and Spoken Language as an option for children with hearing loss. The film was produced by AG Bell and premiered at the conference in 1999. At the time, I was 5 years old. The company then did…

Epilepsy Awareness Day

Today is Epilepsy Awareness Day and I thought it would be appropriate to do a little safety blog to raise awareness about this topic. This is a part of my life that I haven’t really talked about much. Sure, I am a big advocate for hearing loss, but I have chosen to keep other areas…

Part 7 – The Approval

This is a series that documents my journey to getting a cochlear implant. These posts are honest and vulnerable. Please refrain from posting negative comments. These are my experiences and each CI journey is different for everyone involved.  Written August 5th July 25th It was a Monday and the only thing on my agenda was…

Part 6 – Wrangling with Insurance

This is a series that documents my journey to getting a cochlear implant. These posts are honest and vulnerable. Please refrain from posting negative comments. These are my experiences and each CI journey is different for everyone involved.  Written July 26th This is exactly what it sounds like: difficult, frustrating and at times very irritating….

A-Z’s of Surviving Grad School

I am almost finished with Graduate School and I thought it would be fun to post the A-Z’s of surviving higher level education. A – Ask: If you don’t know something, ask. Professors care and want you to understand what they are teaching. Be respectful about it, but they are there to help you learn…

Part 5 – Meeting Dr. B

    This is a series that documents my journey to getting a cochlear implant. These posts are honest and vulnerable. Please refrain from posting negative comments. These are my experiences and each CI journey is different for everyone involved.  Written June 27th June 8th, 2016 Today would be the day that I would meet…

Seventeen……….

Drum Roll Please…… The theme word for 2017 is STRENGTH After a rough 2016, I thought that this would be an appropriate word for this year. Last year, the theme word was SMILE. It was very appropriate because even on those tough days, I needed to find something to smile about. It was hard some days, but…

Winter Break 2016

Some of you may already know this, but Fall Semester was rough, REALLY ROUGH. By mid-December, I was mentally done and needed a break! Thankfully, this break has allowed me to rest, recuperate and regenerate for my last semester in the spring. This year I had 3 1/2 weeks off from school and it was well-deserved…