Taylor Ray

Smile specialist
Biology major, undergraduate researcher and Eagle Scout Taylor Ray aims to improve others' lives.

A sophomore from Newnan, Ga., Taylor has set his sights on a career as an orthodontist.

"In my life, I have always loved to help people.

"My mom has always encouraged me to 'better others before yourself.' So, that's kind of the motto I live by."

During the college's Interim Term last January, Taylor interned with a local orthodontist.

"It was really interesting to see how he makes people's lives better by giving them more self confidence.

"I went to his office every day, and I did everything from changing rubber bands on people's teeth to putting in spacers," he says.

"I like the fact that it's a low-stress job and you get to meet great people and make your own hours."

Taylor says the internship provided broad experience.

"In addition to treating patients, I learned a lot about the business aspects of running a practice."

After completing his biology degree at LaGrange, he plans to enroll in dental school.

"I know that it will be difficult and time-consuming, but in the end the rewards will be priceless."

What motivates a student like Taylor?

"Perseverance. I want to succeed in life, and I want to make my family proud."

Taylor admits he 'inherited' his passion for leadership and service.

"The two people who have influenced my life the most – my dad and my grandfather – were both Eagle Scouts, and I'm an Eagle Scout.

"That's where I get my drive to be a leader."

Last year, he was selected to be a resident adviser for Boatwright Residence Hall.

"I've learned leadership skills I'll use the rest of my life.

"I've also learned that attitude is everything. All of my teachers tell me that, especially my German teacher, Dr. (Christiane) Price.

"She not only teaches me German, but also helps me feel confident about all of my classes. She believes in me, and I really like that."

Last fall, Taylor and his classmates worked on an undergraduate research project in Dr. Melinda Pomeroy-Black's toxicology class.

"We tested the effects of ethanol on microscopic worms called C. elegans.

"Dr. Pomeroy-Black presented some of our data at a national toxicology conference. Think about it, I had that experience as a sophomore. If I had gone to a larger school, I probably wouldn't have had the opportunity to do that," he says.

"I think it's cool to be able to interact with your teachers like that. I can talk with them on a daily basis about anything.

"The environment here is amazing."

Friends for the Journey

LaGrange College attracts the best and the brightest from all over the world. For example, our most recent incoming class consisted of men and women from 19 states and 10 countries, and included:

  • 76 members of Beta Club or the National Honor Society
  • 71 members of service organizations
  • 51 team captains in varsity sports
  • 25 leaders involved in student government, with 11 presidents
  • Three students involved in school publications, one as editor
  • Two Eagle Scouts
  • 20 musicians in band or orchestra
  • 18 singers in choir
  • 31 entertainers in performing arts
  • 85 students in religious activities.

But you don’t have to be a star in high school to succeed at LaGrange. Here, you’re given the opportunity to discover the best in yourself and find your destiny – all in a caring and supportive environment.