Max Taylor, dorm parent, arrived at Oliverian just a few weeks after graduating from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s degree in secondary education with an emphasis in U.S. history and government. While earning their bachelor’s degree, they worked a variety of jobs – the most important being a residential summer program at Yale University. It was working with those students over a period of four summers that Max found passion for working with students in a residential setting and helping them find their path.
Max moved to beautiful New Hampshire from Southern California with their partner, Mafalda, and their dog, Rocky. For all three of them, living in New England is a totally new experience! From fresh apple cider to the proximity to nature, New Hampshire is a new adventure they’re excited to take on. Rocky especially loves to hang out with her new friends in the dorm. Max, on the other hand, is very much looking forward to their first snowy winter!
What do you love most about working at Oliverian?
“I love that Oliverian is an environment that I get to engage with the whole student — I live with a bunch of amazing kids, and I get to know them on an individual level. I get to bond with them over what’s currently playing on Netflix, but also have conversations about how to deal with things that are stressful. The kind of relationships I’m able to build with these students remind me a lot of the relationships with teachers that were so important to me, and I’m glad to be able to pass that on!”
What motivates you to work with young people?
“When I was in high school, I had some of the most impassioned, dedicated teachers — they showed this the most outside of their lesson plans. These were teachers that stayed after school to play Dungeons and Dragons, hosted World Cup viewing parties before class, kept a collection of stuffed animals for when students were having a bad day, fed students who didn’t have money/food out of the student store, and met with students on weekends regarding projects to make sure that students found their own path to success. When I think back to those teachers, I think about how I have the same opportunity to meet students where they are, build genuine relationships, and provide support for students to become the best they can be.”