by Melissa Sorrells Galley ’05
“It’s hard to put into words how much my time at the Colleges has come to define me,” says Taylor Jones ’13, a Hobart soccer standout from Fuquay-Varina, N.C. “There have been so many new experiences, new friends, new interests, and most importantly, new knowledge.”
Though he may have been different four years ago, even as a high school senior, Jones knew what he was looking for in a college. “I wanted a school that provided a unique academic atmosphere,” says the public policy and English double major, with concentrations in technology and creative writing. “Whether it’s going into office hours, talking after class, or even just chatting as we pass on the Quad, the relationships I have built with my professors have certainly been special.”
As a public policy major, he works closely with Professor of Public Policy and Political Science Craig Rimmerman. “My courses have been incredible, but Professor Rimmerman’s “Democracy and Public Policy” course opened up my mind to new areas of study,” he says.
An all-state, four-year starter and two-year captain on his high school’s varsity soccer team, athletics factored into his college decision. “I was looking for a quality soccer program,” says Jones.
Hobart College turned out to be the right choice. “I came here because of the balance of academics, community and athletics, and it was the best decision of my life,” says Jones, who was a member of the Liberty League All-Academic Team in 2010, 2011, and 2012. “Since I’ve been here, one amazing opportunity after another has opened doors for me.”
One of those doors opened into Prague, Czech Republic, where Jones spent a semester abroad. “It was one of the most memorable experiences of my entire life,” he says. He traveled throughout Europe and even found the time to run in the Hervis Prague Half Marathon with more than 8,200 other athletes.
Jones has also enjoyed opportunities through Hobart Athletics. He is a Hobart Athletics Liaison for the Stewardson Society, the student director of the Statesmen Athletic Association, and the Liberty League Representative of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. This semester he is interning with Strength and Conditioning Coach Bobby Fisk in the Raleigh-Foley-Kraus Varsity Strength Training Center. “I’ve also been able to build relationships with Athletic Director Mike Hanna ’68, P’99, HON ’04 and Trustee Tom Poole ’61, P’91, L.H.D. ’06.”
He also works in the Office of Admissions as a tour guide, introducing the Hobart and William Smith campus and community to prospective students and their families. “It may technically be work but I truly enjoy showcasing the school,” he says.
As Jones’ HWS experience draws to a close, he’s been working closely with staff from the Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development. Over the past several months, Jones has connected with alums at companies all across the country, including Yahoo!, Octagon, Yelp, the Bozzuto Group and EMC Corporation, where he has interned both in product management and inside sales. “I’m hoping to work in marketing and I know Career Services will aid me the entire way,” he says.
Relationships are, for Jones, what sets HWS apart. “In looking back, it’s the people that differentiate an HWS education,” says Jones. “From Coach Griffin to Professor Rimmerman, it’s the relationships that have defined my experience.”