Small School Prepares Graduate to Achieve Big Goals

With a graduating class of less than thirty students, Taylor Bufton left high school confident she would thrive best on a smaller college campus.  She started at Marian in the fall of 2013, as a nursing major.  Determined to embrace college life, Taylor lived on campus and immersed herself in the Marian community.  She attended athletic games and campus activities, participated in clubs including Student Senate, and worked in the Center for Academic Support & Excellence (CASE) and at the One-Stop information desk.  Taylor even had the opportunity to travel to both Ireland and Nicaragua on faculty-led study abroad and medical mission trips, respectively.

A Major Change at the Small School

Inspired to make a difference, Taylor was certain that she wanted a career that provided the ability to work with people, but after her first year, she discovered that nursing was not the right fit.  Taylor worked closely with her advisor and was encouraged to take Introduction to Social Work and Human Services.  This class was the pivotal turning point that led Taylor to switch from nursing to a double major in Social Work and Psychology.  She also added a double minor in Theology and Religious Education.

Ready for the Real World

Taylor graduated, with honors, in May of 2018.  Now with increased confidence that Marian had prepared her for more, Taylor applied to graduate school.  She was accepted into the University of Wisconsin-Madison and began her graduate coursework in the fall after graduation.  Graduate school was not part of Taylor’s immediate plan, but she believes Marian gave her the space and time she needed to develop her passion, increase confidence, and build the foundation she needed to pursue her future career goals.  Taylor graduated with her Master of Social Work degree in 2020.

Taylor did her graduate internship with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and was hired from her internship as Behavioral Health Therapist.  She relies on both her education and experience to provide high-quality therapy to individuals of all ages, families, and couples.  She also collaborates with staff, students, and parents at Fond du Lac High School through the FONDY C.A.R.E.S. program.  Taylor loves working with people that have the motivation and tenacity to face each day with hope.  She strives to listen, advocate, and be part of her client’s healing process.

The Magic of Marian

Taylor recently returned as a guest speaker for the Introduction to Social Work class.  Dr. Leslie Jaber-Wilson invited Taylor to share her academic and professional journey and experiences.  Reflecting on how the same class inspired her to change the trajectory of her career, Taylor recalls the impact guest speakers made on her.  She believes that the “magic of Marian” is found in having professors and presenters that offer real life experience and she continues that legacy in connecting her alma mater to resources such as internship opportunities for current students.

When she’s not working, you are likely to find Taylor spending time with her family and friends.  And if you look closely, you will often find her in the Sadoff gymnasium watching her brother, Luke, play basketball!  She is filled with pride to have her brother as a fellow Sabre and grateful they share a mutual love of Marian.  Taylor feels blessed that she started her journey with Marian and that life continues to bring her back.

Marian University’s Psychology & Social Work programs combine hand-on field experience, internships and research, and are taught by professors that share real-life expertise.  In addition to the traditional undergraduate offerings, students also have a 100% online program option.  Visit our website to learn more about Marian’s Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Bachelor of Social Work programs.