Some faces from the class of 2017…
For anyone who might be interested in coming to Taylor in the upcoming years, the seniors and juniors may be long gone. However, those who are currently freshmen will still be around, so Hannah Schaefer caught up with a few members of the class of 2017!
Laura Koenig loves to write nonfiction, and she hopes to be a freelance writer who writes a variety of articles for magazines. Her dream dessert is an ice cream sandwich that has Reese cup ice cream between two homemade chocolate chip cookies, which is then topped with more peanut butter and cookie dough . . . Besides writing, Laura loves to go on adventures. Her dreams are to hike down the Grand Canyon and climb to the top of a volcano. If she could have any pet, it would be a baby giraffe. “It would have to stay a baby, so it could fit in my house.”
Josh Beaumont‘s favorite genre is fantasy “by far,” fantasy that explores allegorical story-telling. Anything that becomes an extended metaphor for anything in the Bible is his favorite thing to write. After college, it would be his dream to write novels for the rest of his life. “It’s a simple goal, but it hasn’t changed since I started my education here. In terms of specifics, I want to have had at least three books in my four-book series published by the time I graduate.” Besides writing, Josh enjoys competing professionally in Super Smash Bros. Melee. He’s been competing for several years now and (without bragging) says he’s “one of the best in Indiana.”
Nichole Parks (with an “h” like Nicholas Sparks) loves to write romantic suspense. Her after-college goal is “to witness a murder, be welcomed into the Witness Protection Program, fall in love with an FBI agent, and write novels about crime while simultaneously solving the one I witnessed. Normal stuff. Nothing too crazy.” Besides writing, Nichole likes kite-flying and reading. Her favorite fandom is Rookie Blue. It’s a Canadian cop drama like Grey’s Anatomy but with guns. She loves grilled cheese sandwiches made of Colby Jack, tomatoes, apple slices, bacon, and avocado.
Jeff Grogan loves to write for young adults. His after-college goal is to see his name on the New York Times best-seller list. His favorite boy band is Niall, Zayn, Liam, Louis, and Harry (the boys from One Direction). He’s a Directioneer. He owns 12 pairs of shoes at school, plus four or five old pairs at home. If he could have any pet, it would be a fox. “His name would be Calvin. Then I’d buy another one. His name would be William. They would be my sons and my life would end happily ever after.”
Brian J. Branscum likes to write young adult fantasy fiction. He hopes to one day write novels, or be an editor or literary agent. Besides writing, he enjoys playing video games, watching moves, reading novels, and having fun with friends on his floor. If he could have a pet animal, he’d like a dragon (well, or a ferret). His favorite person in the entire world (besides Jesus) is his mother. “Even though she’s passed, she was a great inspiration in my life and motivator for me to try my hardest in anything and everything I do.”
Meet a few other members past and present …
Chandler Birch, ’14
Chandler Birch enjoys reading and writing speculative fiction. He is also a strong critic of Black Board. Read more about him and an honor he just received! We can’t wait to see him in print one day!
Nathan Sturgis, ’14
Scott Phillips, ’15
Amy Green, ’13 (Author, Publicist, Blogger)
Amy Green is a 2013 graduate of Taylor University’s Professional Writing program. Before she even graduated, Amy already had a book deal with Warner Press for her Christian fantasy series for children ages 10-14. Amy currently works at Bethany House Publishers in Minnesota as a publicist. Amy also maintains a blog called The Monday Heretic where she explores interesting theological questions.
Drew Neuenschwander, ’13 (Freelancer extraordinaire)
Drew Neuenschwander‘s work has taken him everywhere from Focus on the Family to the Indiana Statehouse Communications Office. He has freelanced for MacGregor Literary Agency as well as Lin Johnson’s agency, ProWord Communications. Drew is currently working as a consultant, overseeing internal marketing efforts for the PWR department
Rachel Nolan, ’13 (photo journalist)
Yes… Rachel Nolan is really as fun as she looks. Rachel Nolan is a prolific freelance writer, as well as an interior design photographer. Very artistic and lover of people, Rachel is one of those students who dabbles in a little of everything. And soon, she’ll add “getting married” to the list.