Staff Spotlight: An Interview with Taylor Sheridan

April 26, 2024 | by Laura Ross

Categories: Spotlight

We periodically spotlight a staff member or partner to help our readers get to know our mission and industry a little better.

This week, we're spotlighting Taylor Sheridan, TSAHC's Communications and Development Intern. During her internship with the marketing and communications team, Taylor has helped create new marketing materials, written posts for the On the House blog, created press releases and composed different email communications. We’re so thankful for her time with us here at TSAHC! Below is her interview.

Tell us a bit about yourself. 

I am currently the Communication and Development Intern here at TSAHC, as well as a master’s student at the University of Texas at Austin. I will graduate this May with my degree in journalism with a focus on research and theory. I also love Taylor Swift!

What led you to apply for your internship here at TSAHC? 

I was looking for a summer internship, and I was drawn to how service oriented TSAHC is. I've always loved feeling like the work I am doing is helping other people. Throughout the summer, I felt so welcomed, and I loved working with everyone. When offered the chance, I was more than happy to continue my internship during the school year. 

Tell us about the different things you’ve worked on here at TSAHC. What have you enjoyed the most about your job?

I have gotten to work on a lot of different things, which has been really fun. I’ve made updates to the website, created and updated flyers with new designs, written blog posts and press releases. I've really enjoyed getting to reactivate the more creative part of my brain. In grad school, I switched to research from creation, which is what my undergrad degree was focused on. With that change, I kind of left creating things behind. Working at TSAHC has allowed me to create again, which has been great. 

What is the most important thing you’ve learned while working here?

One big lesson I've learned here is how important it is to balance creativity and analytical thinking. It's all about finding that sweet spot between thinking outside the box when creating new things, while staying grounded in the research. Another takeaway is that working closely with teammates and getting feedback has really helped me grow. 

You’re pursuing your doctorate in the fall. Congratulations!! What is your ultimate professional goal?

Thank you! I am so excited! My ultimate goal is to become a photojournalism professor. In addition to my internship at TSAHC, I work as a teaching assistant. I love getting to work with the students and help them succeed and reach their personal goals. 

School keeps you quite busy we know. What do you like to do in your free time, when you have it?

With school, I spend a lot of time thinking pretty hard about difficult research topics, so having time to zone out is a must. My favorite zone out activity is listening to music on my record player. The repetitive act really helps me decompress. I have also recently been trying out and enjoying diamond painting.

What’s your favorite book, movie, or TV show?  

My absolute favorite book is The Princess Bride by William Goldman. I love how different it is from the other books I have read. I 100% recommend it. My second favorite book is Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. For movies, Jurassic Park (only the originals for me) is my favorite, with The Princess Bride as a close second. 

Do you like to travel? If so, what is a dream destination for a future trip?

I don’t really like the physical act of traveling (the packing and getting to the location), however, when I get to where I am going, I love it. I've always wanted to see the northern lights and sleep in a glass igloo. My mom and I have been talking about it for years now so hopefully we can make it work eventually. 

If you could meet anyone from history or witness an historical event, who (or what) would you choose and why?

When I was a kid, I was always super fascinated with Clara Barton, who was the founder of the American Red Cross. So, I would want to be able to meet her and talk with her about everything she has done. 

Tell us something about yourself that others may not know.

I would love to adopt a bunny, and if I were home more, I totally would. 

If you knew you could accomplish one thing in particular and be guaranteed not to fail, what would you do?

If I had the guarantee of success, I'd fulfill my dream of adopting a variety of animals, from typical pets like dogs to farm animals like cows, as well as that bunny! Creating a place where they're loved and cared for would be so much fun.

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