Taylor poses for a photograph.

Photograph courtesy of Katherine McKiever

As fourth in her class with a 4.08 GPA and a 28 on her ACT, Taylor is looking forward to the evening of May 24th. She will take her place on Panther Field with 120 of her classmates. Even before she is handed her QHS diploma, this chorus, Tri-M, annual staff, and National Honor Society member will be carrying sixteen completed college hours into life after high school. She explains,

“I’ve done nothing important in the past four years. I have no idea what I’m gonna do with my life. I’ve been stressed out. I have been wanting to go to Southern forever, but I recently decided that I would go to MCC. I’ve thought about being a teacher, a physical therapy assistant, and a journalist, but I really want to be a housewife and stay-at-home mom.”


Taylor poses with her classmates.

Photograph courtesy of Taylor

“People have such feministic views. You used to have to be a stay at home housewife. Now women have so many opportunities that people think we should have to take advantage of them and not wanting to do something extraordinary is taking the easy way out. I don’t want to have to face judgement from others, but I know I will face judgement no matter what I do. My mom says, ‘You’re the only one who cares that much.’ She went to Jones but ended up at MCC and the Mississippi State branch in Meridian. She thinks I’m settling, but he’s in the Air Force and has been in tech school for the past three months. He’s very nonjudgmental, understanding, caring, a good listener, and everything I ever dreamed of rolled up into one human being. I probably wouldn’t be this crazy if he hadn’t been away for 3 months. He comes home tomorrow.”


Taylor poses with her friend Jacy.

Photograph courtesy of Taylor

“Jacy is my best friend. Can I talk about her? She is probably going to be my maid of honor one day.”

Taylor poses with Mr. Daniels.

Photograph courtesy of Taylor

“I really enjoy chorus. I took General Music in 9th grade, and Mr. Daniels talked about his chorus all the time. I sang for him and was in the chorus my 10th grade year. I couldn’t my eleventh grade year because of classes, but I’m in it this year. I really enjoy it. It’s something different than the pop music on my radio. We sing in different languages and learn music from different time periods. Mr. Daniels has taught me a lot.”


Taylor poses with her boyfriend.

Photograph courtesy of Taylor

“My tuition will be free at MCC, and I’ve been thinking a lot about the advice I would give on this. High school is a place that I’ve learned if you’re not truly first, you’re last. And the ACT is the only test that matters. Everything is based around your ACT score. Your GPA trails behind it. I got lucky, but the bill at Southern is $25,000 a year. I was only going to get $5,000 in scholarships with no FAFSA money. Everyone said, ‘She’s smart. She’ll do good. She’ll get a full ride.’ That’s not how it actually is. I feel like I have worked really hard for nothing. It’s a very disappointing feeling. My family can’t afford to send me to college out of pocket. Like many others, I would have to get student loans.” 

She smiles, “I’ve decided that I know what I want, and I feel like the rest will fall in place after that.”

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