Meet Taylor, our new legislative intern!

Virginia21 has hired a new legislative intern! Taylor Robinson attends the University of Richmond with a major in Economics and PPEL (Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law). To help our followers get to know her better, I sat down with Taylor to ask some pretty serious questions like, “what’s your favorite word?”.

Why do you think it is important for young people to be engaged in politics?

Young people are adversely affected by current policies such as insolvent entitlement programs, rising student loans, and an increasingly competitive job market even though we are among the smallest voices in politics. A lot of young people feel that their voice and vote ultimately don’t matter in a political system controlled by many politicians who didn’t experience the same struggles facing our generation. It’s important for us to be engaged so we can change the status quo in order for our generation to have successful future as well as have some type of security when we are older. The best way to ensure that happens is to join together work on issues that transcend party affiliation.


What is your spirit animal?

I would probably go with a deer because I’m kind of tall and lanky and enjoy leisurely running. They seem like friendly creatures and they sometimes look a little lost which is typically me since I am directionally challenged.


If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Sandwiches because they can be equally delicious any time of day.


What is your favorite word? Least favorite word? Why?

My favorite word is “loquacious” because it was the first big word that I had ever learned and it is fun to say. My least favorite word has to be “moist” because why would anyone like that word?


If you could retire tomorrow, where would you go?

I would go to Peru, hike the Inca trail, and see Machu Picchu.


If you could select one person from history and ask them a question, who and what would it be?

The first question that comes to mind would be to ask Lee Harvey Oswald why he shot JFK. Why? Because I think everyone is about ready to solve that conspiracy.


If you could choose one fictional character to be your life coach who would it be and what advice do you think they would give you?

Nancy Drew would definitely be my life coach because she is able to travel all over the world and solve mysteries, yet somehow still manages to still do well in high school. I think she could teach me how to manage my time and be a secret detective at the same time.


Lastly, and this is a serious one, what is some advice you could give to younger college students to succeed?

I would say to get involved in various activities as much and as early as possible. It’s a great way to meet people, and you never know what you will become passionate about. It is a lot easier to decide to narrow down and tailor your activities when you’re older. I would also tell freshmen and sophomores to try to fully enjoy their college experience because being an undergraduate is a unique time in your life which can’t be replicated. There will be plenty of time to stress out about the future once you’re older.