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Cadet Amy R. Loughran, Class of 2012Scholarship Q&A: 
Cadet Taylor Davis Gilliam, Class of 2011

Name: Taylor Gilliam
Company:  Palmetto Battery
Graduation Year: 2011
Hometown: West Columbia, SC
Scholarship Awarded: William L. Boyd, III Scholarship

Why did you come to The Citadel?

I could not see myself at a typical school, and I believe The Citadel allows me an opportunity to receive a quality education, especially in the business field. 

What has been your most challenging experience since you arrived on campus?

Last semester I took 22 credit hours, including an internship at the Medal of Honor Museum on the USS Yorktown, and this tested my time management skills.

Has your scholarship award enabled you to pursue or accomplish any goals you might otherwise have been unable to attain?

As a scholarship recipient, I have picked up a Criminal Justice minor in conjunction with my Business Administration major with the hope that it will aid me in my life after graduation.

What do you enjoy most about your Citadel experience?

The class structure allows me to fulfill my academic requirements in the morning while allowing for ample free time in the afternoon.  

Recall your favorite or most challenging class.

I enjoyed my Honors Seminar class titled, Psychology of War and Peace.  The small class size, coupled with the professor's expertise and background, made for an interesting and informative semester.

Have any specific professors, TAC officers, or cadet mentors played a formative role in your intellectual development?

Colonel Bebensee, now the Associate Provost, has played an integral role not only in my intellectual development, but also in my personal endeavors.

How have you changed since coming to The Citadel?

I believe I have acquired a more serious personality, with the capability to analyze a situation objectively and professionally.

Where do you hope to go from here?

I hope to attend law school in Columbia, South Carolina.

Cadet Amy R. Loughran, Class of 2012Scholarship Q&A: 
Cadet Amy R. Loughran, Class of 2012

Name: Amy Loughran
Company:  Bravo
Graduation Year: 2012
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Why did you come to The Citadel?

For the challenge and military aspect.

What has been your most challenging experience since you arrived on campus?

The rules.

Has your scholarship award enabled you to pursue or accomplish any goals you might otherwise have been unable to attain?

My scholarship has enabled me to go to college to receive an education and play the sport that I love...for FREE!!

What do you enjoy most about your Citadel experience?

The family bonds we have made along the way.

Recall your favorite or most challenging class.

English was my most challenging class, but also my favorite because my friends and I were challenged together.

Have any specific professors, TAC officers, or cadet mentors played a formative role in your intellectual development?

Major Bell convinced me to stick with it, along with my Battalion Commander, Sarah Burke, and other mentors.

How have you changed since coming to The Citadel?

I am probably a little more laid back in some areas, but intense in others.  

Where do you hope to go from here?

Possibly back to Canada, but who knows what will happen two years from now!

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