By Troy Wilde
Updated May 22, 2017
Tucson, AZ – Taylor Tran’s father may suffer from a hearing loss later in life. So, she plans on becoming a hearing doctor (audiologist) to try and help people like her dad.
Taylor explains, “In college, I learned that loud speaking was a symptom of hearing loss, and I grew up with my dad, who speaks Vietnamese, and he tends to yell whether he’s speaking Vietnamese or English. So, I just became curious if he’s at risk – as he grows older – of suffering a hearing loss.”
And what exactly does an audiologist do? “I would perform hearing tests, and I would recommend or prescribe hearing aids, or cochlear implants, for my patients.”
Taylor is a graduate of the University of Arizona, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Arizona. She plans to take a year off and then return to school to pursue a Doctoral Degree in Audiology.
Taylor was born in California, and raised in Yuma, where she graduated from Cibola High School.
Taylor is among the many hard-working students who have earned a scholarship from College Success Arizona, which provides up to six-thousand dollars per year for educational expenses. The young scholars also receive specialized mentoring services from Success Advisers, or mentors, who help them overcome academic and personal challenges.
Matt Sotelo is Taylor’s success adviser:
“I met with Matt at least twice per semester, and I always came to him really stressed out because I was having trouble trying to balance my academics with extracurricular activities. Matt was the one who suggested that I cut back on the extracurricular stuff, which I did, and started doing much better in school.”
Taylor adds that the scholarship helped reduce the financial burden on her family, “It’s been really, really helpful for me and my parents. I have a brother attending college and he doesn’t have any scholarships, so my parents have to pay for his tuition. So, this scholarship helped pay for my college, which in turns helped my parents save money on tuition.”
College also provided Taylor with opportunities beyond the books, “From high school to college, was very different for me, I wasn’t very involved in high school at all. But when I came to the U of A I got involved with a cultural organization on campus called the ‘Asian Pacific American Student Affairs.’ I was a club liaison chair, and then I became vice president, and during my senior year I was on the board of directors for that organization.”
Taylor has some advice for middle and high school students considering college, “Focus on your academics, especially the first two years which are so important, because once you get to your junior year, it gets a lot harder. I didn’t realize how important the first two years of being at the U of A was, until I got to my junior year.”
Since 2005, College Success Arizona has worked with nearly 1,300 students, and provided more than 16 million dollars in scholarships and success services to help increase the college attainment rate in Arizona. If you would like to be part of the mission of providing educational opportunity to high potential students from low income backgrounds, your tax deductible contribution can be made through the “Donate” button on the top of this page. Your support can help change lives.