Name: Coral Taylor
BYU employee since… August of 1997 as a full-time employee, and add a couple more years as a student employee. I began working in the Registrar’s Office as a student, was hired full-time in 1997, and worked in various positions until July of 2021 when I was offered a position at Y-Serve.
My job at BYU is… a community service coordinator at the Center for Service and Learning (Y-Serve).
I’m currently working on…scheduling summer visits with some of our community service providers to build new working relationships or enhance existing ones, and working with BYU Online to revamp our student development tutoring courses.
I’m currently reading… "Don’t Miss This in the Old Testament" and "The Old Testament Made Easier."
I get most excited about my work when… I see how service changes the lives of both the served and the server. Service truly is the best medicine.
When I tell people I work for BYU, they often say… “Can you get my child into BYU?” (No, no I can’t.)
My favorite part about teaching is… when the class gets into a really good discussion and I’m doing very little of the talking.
When I have 30 minutes of free time, you can find me… taking a walk around campus. I love how beautiful the grounds are kept and I even find plant/flower ideas to incorporate into my own yard.
My advice to incoming freshmen is… study hard but don’t forget the scriptures and there’s always time for service.
My advice to graduating seniors is… life doesn’t get any easier after graduation but at least you don’t have to take any more tests.
I became a BYU fan when… I started coming to campus as a little girl with my dad (a former employee) to sporting events, plays, concerts, you name it. I’ve been a cougar fan all my life.
I chose to come to BYU because... it was in my blood. I never wanted to attend anywhere but BYU. I have always loved that BYU doesn’t have to separate church and state, we can pray in class and in meetings and invite heaven's help in all that we do.
My most cherished memory at BYU is… all of the wonderful people I’ve met and worked with over the past 25 + years.
On Saturday mornings you’ll find me… working in my yard or garden. I love to play in the dirt and see the actual fruits of my labors whether that is vegetables or flowers.
My go-to comfort food is… homemade chocolate chip cookies.
You’ll never find me without… Chapstick. I even have it with my food storage and emergency supplies.
My favorite quote is… from Marjorie Pay Hinckley “The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it. You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache.”
One item on my bucket list is… to see the Northern Lights
If I could travel anywhere, I would go to... Macchu Picchu in Peru because I have wanted to go there ever since I saw it in a National Geographic magazine when I was a child. I love to travel and have been to many places in the world, and one day Peru will get checked off the list.