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I graduated from Abilene Christian University (ACU) in December of 2012 with a BA in English Literature and a minor in History. During my time at ACU, I chose to participate in the CCU's Scholars' Semester in Oxford where I studied British Modernism and Graham Greene at Oxford University's Wycliffe Hall. Whilst there, my professor encouraged me to consider continuing my education at the University of Sussex given my research interests, and I just completed my MA in the English Department there. After finishing this degree, I returned to Austin and anticipate remaining here until I can begin my PhD at the University of Texas. Although I am a firm believer in the broad approach of American liberal arts programs, I also believe quite passionately in the Oxbridge style of learning I encourage students and peers to read their essays out loud to one another before discussing areas that could use improvement whilst noticing those ideas which are already well developed. Unsurprisingly, this educational background and teaching style reveal my personal interests as well as I'm an avid reader and film geek and love the broader conversations these cultural artifacts can inspire. Nevertheless, my interests are not solely literary, and I spent time in high school and during my undergraduate years informally aiding friends and peers with algebra and SAT math. By fostering a convivial atmosphere with students as their peer rather than as their teacher, I hope to inspire some passion in my students for the subjects we study together, and if there's a relevant means by which I may do so, then I also wouldn't mind discussing the Shakespearean tragedy of Breaking Bad's Walter White along the way.

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Taylor’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Abilene Christian University - Bachelor in Arts, English

Test Scores

SAT Composite (1600 scale): 1490

SAT Math: 710

SAT Verbal: 740

GRE Verbal: 166

Hobbies

Film geek (anything by Woody Allen, Pedro Almodovar, PT Anderson, etc.), working out, yoga, cycling, running, contemporary American fiction (Game of Thrones series and the occasional Pulitzer winner), and any music from folk to R&B.

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