Editor’s note: This is the latest installment of the “Student Affairs Talk” podcast for 2019-20. Communications Director for Student Affairs Philip Sikes visits with various leaders from the staff and student communities. This week’s featured guest is Taylor Williams, a second-year graduate assistant with Clemson Outdoor Recreation and Education (CORE).


Taylor Williams head shot

Taylor Williams is a second-year graduate assistant with Clemson Outdoor Recreation and Education (CORE).
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One spring break trip was all it took to completely change the outlook for Taylor Williams. A political science major at Auburn University, Williams went from aspiring lawyer to outdoor recreation enthusiast in the blink of an eye. After earning her degree in 2017, she knew outdoor recreation and education was in her future. She earned a graduate assistantship with Clemson’s CORE program and enrolled in August 2018.

Williams is responsible for day-to-day preparation for outdoor adventure trips and oversight of the student staff leaders. She recently moved into a new office at the Andy Quattlebaum Outdoor Education Center, Clemson’s state-of-the-art home to the CORE program.

In the podcast, Williams discusses her affinity for hiking and bike riding, what she’s learned working as a member of the Campus Recreation team and how the new facility has added increased awareness to one of the nation’s premier outdoor recreation and education programs.

Click the green ‘Play’ button below to listen. Read the entire interview transcript.

2019-20 Podcasts
Paige Zoltewicz, University Housing & Dining
Miles Maynard, Graduate Student
Sarah Custer, Emergency Management
Cam Walters, Sophomore
Pam Davis, Campus Activities & Events
Ty Robinson, Junior
Jack Debbout, Senior
Almeda Jacks, Vice President for Student Affairs
Olivia Loynes, Junior
Kristin Walker-Donnelly, Student Affairs Business Operations
Melondy Munson, Senior
Jimmy Mullinax, Campus Recreation
Glenn Spurlin, Student Transitions and Family Programs
Madison Bolick, Senior