Being in the honors program at Robert Morris University meant more than just interesting classes and research opportunities for Taylor Miller. It also meant having a professor help write her law school applications.
Considering she was offered a full-tuition scholarship to Villanova — where she is studying now — Taylor says it was the careful coaching from a professional mentor that made all the difference.
"We probably did over 80 drafts of my personal statements," she says. "He was there for every single draft."
Taylor's big brother graduated from RMU, though his experience was much different. Jason was an online student, doing his coursework while serving as a Marine in Iraq. "It was something that really inspired me because I saw RMU as a school that allowed me to succeed no matter my circumstance," she says.
For Taylor, RMU's green campus and active student life were important factors in deciding to attend. She jumped in with both feet, joined a sorority and got involved in volunteering her first semester.
She majored in psychology, and her academic advisor and social psychology professor soon had Taylor convinced she had made the right choice. "She was an amazing teacher, and every time I would go to see her, she was more of a friend as well. Whenever I was stressed she would give me little tips to de-stress. She just helped me as a person, not just with my academics."
In four years, Taylor squeezed in a lot — including a semester in Paris and three internships. Working for a congressman, in a county courthouse, and at a nonprofit organization providing school supplies to children helped solidify her career plans to one day open her own law firm focused on children's rights.
"I chose RMU because I wanted a stepping stone into something great," she says. "And I've gotten that."