#GOAHEADGIRL: Taylor stands up for women everywhere!

Meet Taylor, a sweet and giving senior from Utah. This honor student is a future Biology major at Utah Valley University and a future Physician Assistant. Taylor is simply an amazing inspiration to every student and focuses on her goals for the future. She has received several awards in music, sports, and academics and at the rate, she is going, it looks as though this trend will continue through college. Taylor is mindful of her many blessings and serves her community through her church's community interaction. There is so much to Taylor and who she is as a person. Her willingness to help, to connect to those around her and her dedication to her studies are truly inspiring. Read more on Taylors' astonishing advice and inspiration below. 
Photography byJanice Twitchell.

The fact that our heart yearns for something Earth can’t supply is proof that Heaven must be our home.
— C.S. Lewis

Don't be afraid to be good. Don't be afraid to be kind. Don't compare yourself to others. Let yourself to be happy, and choose to be around people who will let you be happy.

It is a far stretch, but solve the world's misunderstanding of Eve in the Garden of Eden. The belief that Eve was wrong in partaking of the forbidden fruit in the Garden affects, even today, the world's view on the nature of women. Women are degraded, in other countries, they are so socially below men. They do not even have a chance to find success in this life. Eve unselfishly, and in equal partnership with Adam helped fulfill the greater commandment to multiply and replenish the earth. Eve partook of the fruit, and Adam was smart enough to follow suit. There was no other way. Attention girls and women everywhere: it is not a sin to be born a female. There is nothing wrong with you. You are beautiful. You are amazing. You are precious. You are a woman.

I have every intention of becoming a Physician Assistant. In an interview once, I was asked this same question. I was too afraid to share such a lofty career goal as that of a Physician Assistant, and replied,"a Registered Nurse." At the end of the interview, a member of the panel told me do not limit myself to Nursing - and that he saw me as a Physician Assistant. This comment gives me hope and motivation daily to fulfill my career goal of becoming a PA.

After a semester at Utah Valley University, I want to serve an LDS mission. When I return, I will finish my four-year scholarship with a degree in Biology, and apply for Med School at the University of Utah, and earn my MD. I want to eventually settle down and get married in an LDS temple to the "man of my dreams," have children, travel the world, learn how to play the guitar, and grow old. I feel very pressured when people ask me what I am planning on doing with my life. People, for whatever reason, want to know specifics - and I cannot give them! It does not matter; I suppose it is not any of their business, right?

Standing Strong Against Bullying:

I focused on the things that I could control and change. I could not change them, but I could control my reaction to what they were doing to me. I learned how to be alone, and that that is okay. That way if I always like me, I will always at least have one friend. My advice to the victim: pray to God. So many people deny the existence of a Creator, but when it seems like the whole world is against you, believing in God gives you one place in the universe you can go and not be judged, only loved. My advice to the bully: one day you are going to regret what you are doing, and the only person you are truly going to hurt is yourself. The power you think you have over that other person is fleeting. The real power lies in building, not breaking.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?
— Nelson Mandela

Tips for staying motivated:

Gratitude. I am blessed. I was born in the greatest country on earth, into a loving, supporting family. I attend a great school and given endless opportunities to strive to be successful. I would not dream of taking all of that for granted by living in any way less than the best I can be.

Tips on standing firm through peer pressure:

Like all teens, I have had MANY situations where peer pressure has exerted its influence on my choices. One bit of advice, which I have learned the hard way, is know whom you can trust. Ask yourself what motives this person has to get you to do what they want you to do. Because people innately manipulate the situation for their benefit. I always ask myself two questions: what's the worst that can happen, and can I live with it? It leads me to the best choice.

Mom, Dad, where would I be without you? You have been my greatest support, and my biggest fans. Knowing that you believed in me has always been such a comfort, and my greatest motivation. I love you.
— Taylor