Getting to know… Taylor Ryan Junior Forward

Purvit Patel, Sports Writer

Taylor Ryan is a junior communication studies major and plays forward on Wilkes Field Hockey Team.

Q: What was the driving force behind your decision to come to Wilkes?

A: I am from Virginia and was recruited to play field hockey, so originally that was the driving force. Once I visited, the Comm. Department was definitely what I needed to make my decision.

Q: Post Graduation Plans in terms of a Career?

A: I hope to work in the public relations field or as a part of the marketing team for a professional sports team.

Q: What are your hopes for your third season as a Colonel?

A: I have high expectations for this season as we have a lot of talent that came on this year. I hope to make another appearance in the MAC finals.

Q: When/Why did you first begin playing field hockey?

A: I started playing when I was in elementary school after I first moved into my area.  I just wanted to get involved in a sport and had tried a lot of others, but didn’t really like any of them.

Q: If you had to choose one thing about Wilkes’ Field hockey Program that you could improve, what would it be?

A: We could really use a new locker room (we barely fit in ours), but I think that our program has grown in a short amount of time and we are headed to reach our full potential.  It is just awesome to be part of this.

Q: Do you have other sports/interest/hobbies off of the field?

A: I’m a waitress, so between work, hockey, and school, a lot of time is being taken up. Other than that, hanging out with friends and hanging out with my dog.

Q: Who would you say is the most influential person in your life?

A: I can’t pick one, so I’d just say my family in general. My parents give up almost every weekend in the fall to make the drive up here and make sure I have someone in the stands. They are all my support system, but also make sure I’m always improving whether it’s in sports or just life in general.

Q: A quote you live your life by?

A: “You are confined only by the walls you build yourself”

Q: Do you have any advice for the freshmen student athletes beginning their freshman seasons and semesters?

A: It isn’t easy, but in the end it’ll be the best decision you make. Take it all in, because it goes by a lot faster than you expect.

Q: How do you feel about the changes being made to campus this year? What do you like or dislike?

A: I like all the changes. I think the gateway looks awesome and makes it feel like a unified campus. I’m excited for the new Comm. Department to be underway.