Taylor Barker is a sophomore majoring in social work and minoring in leadership studies. Her dream job is to work in the foster system and help kids find their forever home.
“I chose social work because I love people and ever since I was little I have had a passion to help others, especially kids,” Barker said. “I chose leadership studies as a minor because I had many leadership roles in high school and I wanted to continue to develop my leadership skills in college.”
Barker spends some of her free time getting involved in Christian Challenge and volunteering at her church youth group in her hometown. She recently became a part of the Big Brother Big Sisters program in Manhattan.
“Being involved in Challenge has brought me closer to my sisters as well as in my faith,” Barker said. “I am in the process of getting a little in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and I am excited to have a positive impact on a child’s life.”
Someone who has positively influenced Barker’s college experience is her freshman year roommate, Daelyn Smith. They were randomly assigned as roommates, and still regularly go on coffee dates and study together.
“She’s someone who is always encouraging me to do the best I can possibly do, she supports me in all my decisions, and she is always there whenever I need her,” Barker said.
Since she is an only child, Barker had never known what it was like to have a sister. Now that she is in Theta, she said that she loves having sisters who truly care about her and have her best interest at heart.
“Coming to college, I didn’t really know what to expect but I knew I wanted to be involved. Getting involved in Theta has been the best decision I have ever made. The bonds I have made with my sisters are unbreakable and they will be my friends for life,” Barker said.
On game days, you can find her cheering on the ‘Cats at Bill Snyder Family Stadium!