December 21, 2016
On December 16, Taylor Everett polished off her collegiate career by walking across the stage and turning her tassel at the West Virginia University December 2016 Commencement.
“I’m excited to start the next chapter of my life, but it’s also really weird to be done. I finished my last class on December 6, and I just couldn’t believe it was my last class of undergrad,” she said.
But it’s not just the time spent studying, learning and growing, but the relationships she cultivated.
“I think [B&E is] just such a tight knit family, and I feel so close to everybody. The little group that I started the MIS program with – we thought we would never make it, and here we are all together. It shows that you build real relationships here and everyone is willing to help and be by your side the whole time,” she said.
Everett was very involved on campus. On top of her academic endeavors, she worked 20 hours a week as a subcontracted business analyst through Axelon for Citi. She was in the Alpha Phi sorority, the Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity, National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Beta Gamma Sigma.
“I’ve gotten to know the people in my business fraternity so well. We have a lot of the same classes, so we help each other with notes and things like that. And in my sorority, I’ve gotten to know a lot of good friends that I will have throughout my lifetime,” she said. “I think getting involved gives you another purpose to be here and surrounds you with other people who are going through the same thing you are. It makes every obstacle a lot easier to get through when you’re all together and involved.”
But as the old saying goes, ‘When one door closes, another door opens.’ Everett will quickly begin her new journey in the real world as a federal business technology analyst at Deloitte in Washington, D.C., in early February.
And she is already no stranger to Deloitte. Everett interned for the firm as a Summer Scholar in 2016, where she worked with the United States Navy and also felt the Mountaineer connection.
“We worked the Navy’s internal site, called Navy Net, where Navy personnel order IT services and equipment. I worked on the project management side of that. But when I begin my job in February, I could be doing anything from software development to project management,” she said. “I’m excited because there are a lot of WVU grads there, and in the project I worked on last summer, there were three WVU grads on the team. It made me a feel like I was at home a little bit; it wasn’t so scary.”
It’s a rare occasion when someone carries a childhood passion into their adult life, but that’s exactly what Everett did. Growing up in the small town of Buckhannon, West Virginia, she calls her family very “computer-centric.” You could almost say, it’s in her blood.
“As a kid, I enjoyed messing with computers, seeing what they could do. You can learn so much just surfing the web. I like finding out new things and learning about the newest technologies, so I thought majoring in MIS was a natural choice for me,” she said. “My sister owns her own IT company and my brother is also a software developer, so I knew a good bit about the field.”
Everett, though, can pinpoint exactly when she was introduced to the tech life – in the fourth grade by her teacher, Daniel Green.
“He was the first person to show all that technology can do. He would make us do all of our assignments and everything – in fourth grade – on the computer. It was really cool to be able to experience a whole new world because at that time, I had no idea what a computer did or what it was capable of,” she said. “Mr. Green has retired, but even in his retirement, he continues to have a passion for technology. He spent several years in the school system teaching and facilitating technology around schools in Upshur County.”
The technology enthusiast says B&E prepared her well for future career. She leaves future B&E students and potential MIS majors with a few words.
a great field. And I don’t think people realize how many career options there
really are. Technology is in almost every career; you can basically do whatever
you want. MIS is very diverse, and it is a well-received major. The curriculum
is not easy, but you can get through it if you set your mind to it,” she said.
“MIS is the bridge between computer science and business, so it’s cool to
understand both sides of the spectrum so you can work with a wide variety of