20 Questions

Taylor Rost

  1. How would you describe yourself in 3 words? Conscientious, kind, organized
  2. What draws you to nonprofit work? Passionate people caring about issues and caring for others. It’s contagious and inspiring.
  3. What was the last piece of art (book, music, movie, etc) that moved you, and why? Most recently, at the airport on my flight home from Spain, I picked up The Alchemist. It was one of those books I had been meaning to read, but never did, and I actually didn’t know what it was about, at all. Anyway, I read the entire book in one day. I had just finished El Camino de Santiago and was doing some soul searching for the next step in life. This book spoke to me. It also takes place in Andalucía, Spain and northern Africa, where I studied abroad and traveled the year before.
  4. What was your first job, and what lesson did you take from it that you still use today? The public library in my hometown. I learned that being in a position of public service is extremely rewarding.
  5. To be successful, what’s the most important skill a professional should develop? Communication is key, but that requires first the ability to listen, carefully and sincerely.
  6. Who makes you laugh the hardest? My two sisters. We are all different versions of the same person, you know? They just really get me.
  7. What was the worst purchase you’ve ever made? I’ll spin this question a bit to the worst purchase I continue to make. I don’t typically spend money on coffee from a shop, but when I do it’s because I want something special, something I can’t replicate at home. So when I spend $5 on coffee and it tastes terrible, well it feels like the worst purchase I’ve ever made, every time. And the fact that it reoccurs is the real kicker.
  8. Dogs or cats? Both!
  9. Beatles or Elvis? Beatles
  10. Who do you call first with good news? My mother
  11. Who has most impacted your professional life? One of my college professors
  12. What was your first record, CD, or cassette you bought? Some Shania Twain tape
  13. Who do you wish you could meet again for the first time? A friend who passed away
  14. Favorite Holiday? Thanksgiving. There’s no pressure surrounding gifts; just thankfulness, food, family and friends, football, and napping. 
  15. What travel experience has most influenced your life? In high school I had the opportunity to travel to Israel and Palestine. My experience there inspired me to learn more and to do more. I wanted to better the world, learn more about the people in it, and work toward peaceful and powerful interactions. Because of this, I pursued my college degree in International Relations and got hooked on traveling.
  16. What inspires you to do your best work? Believing that I am making a difference
  17. How do you restore your energy when you’re feeling worn down or burnt out? I’m a firm believer in water and naps. Water is vital to every essential function of our bodies, and a good nap usually gets me feeling like a brand new person. I also make a point to get out in nature—it’s humbling, refreshing, and a little exercise helps!
  18. Is there a humanitarian that has left an impression on you? I want to live my life like Jesus.
  19. If a documentary was made in your life, what actor or actress would you want to play you? Jennifer Aniston or Reese Witherspoon, I love them both! I’ve also had people tell me I look like Anna Kendrick?
  20. Favorite movie quote? So many good ones! I Think I’ll go with “There’s no place like home” – Wizard of Oz

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