By Christi Mays
Taylor Scruggs is the epitome of inspiration.
She has not one but two debilitating disabilities—cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis. But she has never let these impairments stop her from pursuing her dreams and doing just about anything she wants to do.
“I can still do things; I just have to figure out a different way to do them,” said Taylor ‘19. Like hitting the ski slopes just about every spring break with her family—one of her favorite things to do. Other adventures include horseback riding, completing a 16-mile bike race, moving halfway across the country to work at a coffee shop, and even starring on the TODAY Show with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. And, of course, her latest adventure: finishing up her first year of graduate school. With the hopes of helping others as a licensed professional counselor, Taylor is pursuing a Master of Arts in clinical mental health counseling, an intense two-and-a-half-year program.
“Because of my own health struggles, I’ve always been more drawn to people with struggles because I feel like I can relate to what they’re going through,”
Taylor said. “I think everything I’ve been through has made me a more compassionate person and someone who can really understand others’ struggles on a deeper level, which is something a counselor needs to be able to do.”