Student Profile Public Relations Major

Taylor Zumbach
Public Relations major / Psychology minor

Hard work and dedication. Taylor Zumbach ’16 said those two characteristics—along with encouragement from Mount Mercy University’s supportive community—led her to a multitude of fulfilling experiences as a student.

A member of the track and field team, Student Government Association, Jazz Connection, Mount Mercy Times student newspaper, Honors Club, Psychology Club, and the STEPS Leadership Program, along with taking on the roles of orientation leader and student ambassador, Taylor’s involvement led her to win the coveted Sophomore of the Year Award and be elected class president her junior year.

“The university has so much to offer, from a family-like atmosphere to the chance to travel around the world and volunteer,” Taylor said. “Thanks to STEPS Leadership Program, I had the opportunity to work with children who have disabilities ranging from autism to Down syndrome. It has been such a unique and rewarding experience.”

Originally from a town of less than 1,000 people, the Coggon, Iowa, native wasn’t comfortable attending a large state school. Taylor feels at home on Mount Mercy’s tight-knit campus and appreciates the support from faculty and fellow students.

“The people have made Mount Mercy the right fit for me,” Taylor said. “The faculty, staff and students have helped me evolve into the person I am today. Professors are willing to answer your questions—even outside of class and in the evenings—and take time to know each student by name. That’s something that cannot be found a bigger university. All of the people at Mount Mercy truly care and will help you succeed, achieve all the goals you set for yourself and help form new goals so you can accomplish more than you thought you ever could.”

Taylor hopes to be a university admissions counselor after graduation. She was a work-study student in Mount Mercy’s admissions office and found a passion for the work.

“I have accomplished so many things while at Mount Mercy. Finding a college that is the right fit for you can be hard. Some people get it right the first time, while others have to try two or three times. Luckily for me, I found the right fit the first time, and I have Mount Mercy to thank for that.”