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Taylor Cummings
Taylor Cummings
Name: Taylor Cummings
Hometown: Belt, MT
Grad Year: 2015
Major: Design Drafting Technology and Civil Engineering Technology with a Marketing Minor

What is your favorite place on campus?

It was difficult for me to choose just one place on campus that I love above all others. I did however narrow it down to two places that have a special place in my heart. The first is the food court in the Student Union Building. When I came to Northern 4 years ago the food court strongly resembled my high school cafeteria, and was one of my least favorite experiences on campus as a freshman. It was remodeled last year and now I love to go there and eat even though I live off campus. They offer a wide range of tasty foods and It is also provides a great social environment for students. There is nothing better than sitting down and catching up with friend while stuffing your face full of good food.

My second choice is the Armory Gymnasium. As a student athlete I spend many hours each week in the gym and it has really become my second home, my happy place. It is also a very unique building with a lot of history. There is nothing quite like an Armory crowd on a Saturday night.

What is your favorite place in Havre?

My favorite place to visit in Havre would have to be the Bears Paw Mountains just south of town. I love to camp, fish, hike, and do numerous other outdoor activities. The mountains are just 15 min from town and provide an excellent mini vacation from school during the week and weekends. They also have a small ski hill during the winter, which is super convenient if you don’t have time to travel to a large ski resort on the weekends.

If you were able to relive your freshman year, what advice would you give yourself?

My freshman year of college was such an eye opening experience and if I had to do it over again I wouldn’t change a thing. I came from a very small town in Montana where I grew up with all my classmates. I didn’t really have any experience with branching out and making new friends, but I came to Northern with an open mind and I was ready to embrace every new opportunity. This approach really helped me grow as an individual, and develop so many great friendships that will last well beyond my college years.

College is a fresh start, a new beginning, students shouldn’t be afraid to take chances and try something new. There are so many exciting things to experience and memories to be made.

What is your most memorable moment at Northern thus far?

My most memorable moment at Northern occurred my freshman year at half time of a Northern Lights basketball game when I volunteered to do the halftime competition. It was me and three boys from the football team. We had to complete a layup, free-throw, and three-pointer on each end of the court. I was in a long pair of dress pants and heels, so they made me take my shoes off. When they said go, I took off and had a pretty solid lead going into the first layup; however as I stepped up into my shot I stepped on the back of my pants. This caused my feet to fly up from under me and I landed flat on my back in front of a packed house at the Armory. I quickly got back on my feet. My competitive spirit overpowered the lack of air in my lungs and I ended up winning the competition. When I hit that last three-pointer the crowd went crazy. I was so embarrassed because I knew all the people were cheering because of my epic fall, but at the same time it was quite exhilarating because it was probably the most people have ever cheered for me in my life.

If you could live at any other time in history when would it be and why?

If I could hop into a hot tub time machine, I would like it to take me back to the roaring 20’s. Life was just a giant party in America at this time, and people were so carefree. The thought of underground businesses and smuggling systems is so intriguing to me. It seemed like such a mysterious and exciting time in history, I think it would be so exhilarating to get to experience that kind of lifestyle for awhile. Obviously there were a lot of consequences for the behavior of the people in the 20’s that I would not like to be a part of. So if I could just go back for a few years and return before the Great Depression hit that would be ideal.

What is your favorite class and why?

My favorite class at Northern so far would have to be Architectural CAD. When I came to Northern I joined the Design Drafting program because I have always dreamed of becoming and Architect and it was the closest degree to Architecture that Northern offered. The drafting program focuses on many different types of design, which have all been incredibly interesting to learn about, but designing buildings and structures has always been my dream. Architectural CAD was my second class that focused on building design but it was the first class where we got to design our own structures. I spent the semester designing my dream home. It was a beautiful log cabin and hopefully someday in the far future I will get the opportunity to build it.


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