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LaDona Taylor

LaDona Taylor

Exercise Science

Hometown: Americus, Georgia

Major: Senior Exercise Science major

Graduating: December 2022

Why did you choose to attend GSW?
At the start of the pandemic, I took a leave of absence from my job as a flight attendant for PSA Airlines, a subsidary of American Airlines. I moved back to Americus over the summer and decided that since I am here, I should be productive. I knew we had a great University in town, so I applied to GSW and started as a transfer student in Fall 2020.

When the airline called me back that December, I had then completed my first semester at GSW and successfully passed all of my courses. I decided to officially resign after 5 years as a flight attendant and become a full-time student.

Please list your University highlights, achievements, leadership and awards.

  • Canes Leading Canes (CLCs), 1 year
  • Residential Leader, (RL) 1 year
  • Thunder Camp Counselor (TCC), Summer 2021
  • Academic Achievement List, Summer 2021
  • Student Engagement Team (SET), Fall 2021
  • Intramural Volleyball Coach, Fall 2021
  • Miss GSW 2021-2022
  • Zephyr student tour guide, 1 year
  • Student Government Association (SGA), Senator (Fall 2021) and Chief Justice (Spring 2022) 
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
I’m a model. I have been on television before and in magazines. Before coming to GSW, I was a paid extra desiring to work my way up, but then COVID hit. That kind of slowed things down for me, but don’t worry - you will see me on the big screen one day.

What makes GSW special?
What makes GSW special is that you really can create your own life here. You can really change as a person. If you are shy, I guarantee before you leave you will not be shy anymore. GSW sets you up where you are comfortable enough to come out of your shell. You have so many options to make it your very own while meeting some amazing people.

What is your favorite memory or experience you’ve had at GSW?
My favorite memory would have to be being crowned Miss GSW 2021-2022. I transferred to GSW in Fall 2020. I received the application and knew I didn’t know many people. So I put a plan into place to be more visible and active on campus. I did just that. I put in the work and decided to apply in the Fall of 2021. Again, putting a plan in place and preparing for my campaign. It was stressful but worth it. When I heard my name, I was totally shocked, but I also knew that my hard work was not in vain. If you want something, write it down, plan, do the work, and you will achieve your goal.

What have you learned (or are learning) that has made the biggest difference for you?
That it's important to take advantage of the resources and the tools that you are given as a student to grow and develop. GSW offers so much to the student body. I know they are birthing leaders. I would have to say Windows to the World is one of the many amazing things that GSW offers students to learn new things. It’s important to embrace these experiences. It’s all a part of the process of growing the leader in you. I’ve learned overall that I’m still growing! It feels good!

What advice do you have for incoming students?
Get involved! It makes the college experience that much more memorable. You only live once! This is the time for you to get to know you. What do you like? What don’t you like? Or maybe even trying something for the first time. Even if you are not as involved on campus, be involved in your community. Trust me - being involved will help you grow and push you forward to the person you are supposed to be.

The great thing here at GSW is that there are so many different organizations and job opportunities. I guarantee once you get involved, your quality of life will change. Join a club, make new friends, try new things, and GET INVOLVED.   

What is your favorite album? Why?
I would have to say Kanye West's The College Dropout. I know The College Dropout might sound a little weird, but mainly the album is just about his story. How he did things to please others, but he never gave up on his craft. It was his music. Just because he decided not to get a college degree, he still was successful because he was determined. Even when people put labels on him! He did not let that stop him. That just encourages me that I can do whatever I put my mind to if I work hard. Nothing is out of my reach.

Posted May 10, 2022 | Photo by Belinda Vickerson Photography