INSIDE BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
Junior coordinates campus tour guides
Todd Taylor doesn’t remember taking a tour before deciding to come to Binghamton, which is funny since he’s now the tour guide coordinator for Undergraduate Admissions.
Taylor, a junior pursuing a double major in actuarial science and economics, said he likes the University’s size and location as well as its reputation. When he became a tour guide as a freshman, he said, he enjoyed puncturing visitors’ ideas about going to a state school.
“I wanted to be out there and say, ‘This was my first choice and I’m happy to be here,’” said Taylor, an Ithaca resident who has lived in Hinman College for three years.
Now his job involves overseeing about 75 tour guides with help from five student supervisors. They focus on telling stories that help prospective students and their parents understand Binghamton, rather than on memorizing a lot of facts about the University.
Taylor said he has seen as many as 200 applicants for 15 tour-guide openings. “It’s the hardest job to get on campus,” he said.
Jeffery Gates, associate director of Undergraduate Admissions, said Taylor is brilliant and a wonderful manager.
“His love for the University shines,” Gates said. “He’s a super guy, a model Binghamton student academically and also personally.”
Taylor’s not sure whether he’ll go to graduate school for economics or become an actuary, but he hopes a summer internship he has lined up with Hartford Life will help him decide. He expects to take his first actuarial exam this spring.
Taylor, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, has made the dean’s list every semester. While still a sophomore, he served as a teaching assistant for philosophy Professor Anthony Preus’ course on medical ethics.
Taylor’s job and course work don’t leave a lot of free time. But, perhaps not surprisingly for a student who’s 6 feet 5 inches tall, he has squeezed intramural basketball into his schedule.