A self-described bibliophile, Taylor Arrey was that child who at all times appeared to have her face in a e book. Now a latest Cal State Fullerton graduate, Arrey took her love for all issues studying and writing and carved out a memorable faculty expertise that has set her on the street to profession success.
Born in Albuquerque, N.M., Arrey was 2 years outdated when she and her household moved to Southern California and settled in Corona. With an aunt and uncle who’re Titan alumni, CSUF was at all times on her radar as a doable faculty path. Her acceptance into the college’s prestigious President’s Students Program, together with a campus interview, sealed the deal on her determination to grow to be a Titan.
“It was such the group of help, steering and love,” Arrey stated. “Everybody was so accepting and welcoming, I felt like this was the place I used to be meant to be for the subsequent 4 years.”
Arrey entered her freshman yr as an English main and acquired loads of well-meaning questions from family and friends asking, “What precisely do you do with that?” The 2018 Corona Excessive College graduate knew she didn’t have an curiosity in educating, however she wished to write down, so she stored her choices open.
“After I entered faculty, I led with that keenness of I get pleasure from studying and writing, and let’s see what I can do with it,” Arrey stated.
Her admittance as a President’s Scholar not solely offered Arrey with a merit-based full-tuition scholarship, however this system allowed her numerous distinctive experiences that led her to the Day by day Titan, CSUF’s scholar newspaper.
In simply her second semester on campus, she joined the Day by day Titan workers as a information assistant and instantly discovered a connection to journalism, a lot in order that she added the self-discipline as a minor.
“I fell in love with journalism instantly,” Arrey stated.
Coming in with none prior expertise, Arrey spent six semesters on workers in positions that ranged from information desk reporter to life-style assistant to editor-in-chief, a job she held in 2021.
Arrey credit the Day by day Titan for pushing her down a path to journalism, and as soon as that chapter closed, one other one opened when she took on a brand new position as an editorial scholar assistant in CSUF’s Strategic Communications division.
Since taking the place in February, one she plans to maintain by way of the summer season, Arrey has offered help by writing information articles, briefs, function tales and promoting copy. And whereas she finds that on this position she interacts extra with school than along with her friends, the time spent representing CSUF’s scholar voice ready her for this subsequent step.
“I discovered that a variety of my Day by day Titan abilities and information I introduced into this job,” Arrey stated. “It’s been superb. I like it there.”
Now along with her bachelor’s diploma in hand, the first-generation graduate displays on her time as a Titan with gratitude for these among the many campus group who had been prepared to show her, prepared to assist her develop and wished to see her thrive.
“As a result of I had so many alternative alternatives, I actually realized the worth of taking what I had realized and placing it into totally different avenues inside these alternatives,” Arrey stated. “And in each alternative that I took, I discovered the help that I wanted. I discovered the open areas that I wanted.”
Whereas her position with CSUF’s Strategic Communications crew has been a welcome complement to her time with the Day by day Titan, Arrey’s longtime dream job is to go down the 57 Freeway to Angel Stadium and be a baseball author masking the Los Angeles Angels.
A sports activities fan to her core who grew up watching the boys of summer season, Arrey’s devotion to all issues Halos is a big a part of her life. Many nights spent on the Huge A as a younger fan she would dream of sitting within the press field. She even celebrated faculty commencement day with tickets to a sport.
Arrey is conserving her beat writing abilities sharp as a contributor to Katella Chronicles (katellachronicles.wordpress.com), an area fan weblog that covers the most recent happenings with each the Angels and the Anaheim Geese.
Along with her eye on the sportswriter prize, Arrey is aware of her path at CSUF has given her the arrogance she wants to assist flip that dream right into a actuality.
“Cal State Fullerton afforded me so many alternatives to discover journalism as greatest I might, in each avenue I might,” Arrey stated. “From the scholar media organizations (Day by day Titan, Tusk Journal), then transferring on to Strategic Communications, I used to be capable of discover one thing I used to be actually obsessed with, in each sense of the phrase.”