Lake Erie College has a long-standing tradition in the area of equine studies, and many students come to our campus specifically for one of the majors in this exemplary program. Taylor Graham is one of these students. The Lakewood, Ohio native is a sophomore biology major at LEC, but the reason she came to Lake Erie was for equine studies.
"I chose LEC because of the amazing equine program,” she says. Also, "it was close to home and affordable.” Taylor is very involved with our Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and Western teams, and she is also a member of the Laddie’s Legacy Club, an equine-related student organization named after Laddie Andahazy, the founder of the LEC Equine Studies program.
"Riding horses has been my passion since the time I could walk into the barn,” Taylor says. "It has been an amazing experience to be a part of a team that works together to compete against other schools. Yes, sometimes it is challenging and a lot of work, but what sport isn't? I have made many new friends by being on the teams and have improved my riding skills as well. I would encourage anyone to join our teams even if you don't have experience with horses—we are willing to teach you and [help you] grow with us!”
Taylor is also involved with the International Students Club at LEC, and works as both a Student Ambassador and an Admissions tour guide, so she gets to meet many of the campus visitors, whether prospective students and their families or VIP guests. "I like to brag about getting the chance to meet [presidential candidate Governor] Mitt Romney and help work with the National Press and Secret Services during the event,” she says of the opportunity to work during the campaign rally which took place on the LEC campus in October of 2012.
"This my first year as an Ambassador, and I have already experienced so much,” Taylor continues. "By being an Ambassador I receive the chance to meet many amazing people who I might not have been given the chance to otherwise.” She also enjoys the fact the Student Ambassadors are perceived as role models on campus and in the LEC community in general. "I feel like my fellow student Ambassadors are part of my Lake Erie family and constantly supply me with love and support.”
Her passion for the Ambassadors program also explains why Taylor enjoys all campus events so much. "My favorite thing about LEC is all the wonderful traditions and events that take place all year long,” she says. Yet she is looking forward to the future as well. "In five years I would like to see myself either in grad school or already [having] started on my career. Where I would like to go with my career is still up in the air, but I know that my next two years at Lake Erie will help me get to where I would like to be.”