Q&A with neuroscience student Taylor Waldron

Undergraduate student Taylor Waldron is pictured.

Taylor Waldron hopes to continue her studies in graduate school when she graduates from the College of Veterinary Medicine in May. From Sumner, Washington, Taylor is a neuroscience major in the Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience. She is minoring in psychology.

How has WSU prepared you for your future?

WSU has prepared me for my future by being very flexible with me when I was changing my major and future career path (multiple times). I switched my major from animal science with a pre-vet focus to neuroscience with pre-med focus, and then to neuroscience with the goal of getting a PhD.

What’s your favorite thing (or place) about WSU?

My favorite place near WSU is Pups and Cups. It is a great place for studying and coffee.

What’s your favorite course you’ve taken at WSU?

My favorite course I’ve taken was Honors 280 with Dr. Hamlin. It was about Biblical and Shakespearean literature. The class was really engaging. I’ve never really enjoyed Shakespearean literature in my past English classes, but he made it fun. There was also a lot of interesting discussion about religious texts and comparisons to Shakespearean texts.

What do you hope to do when you graduate? 

When I graduate, I will be going to grad school to become a clinical neuropsychologist. I’d like to work with patients who have traumatic brain injuries or dementia.

Do you have a job or work in a lab or somewhere else?

I currently work as a research assistant in the Schmitter-Edgecombe neuropsychology lab and have worked on data for medication routines for patients with dementia as well as applying new strategy process scores to an existing neuropsych test to improve what it can measure.

What’s one of your or favorite hobbies?

One of my favorite hobbies is horse riding. I am on the WSU equestrian team.

What’s a unique fun fact about you?

A fun fact about me is that I have three pet rats, Reid, Louie and Scrat. I got them the fall semester after Covid started because I wanted some pets for company. They’re great pets, and they are really smart and entertaining to watch and play with.