Upper Canada College Grade 12 student Christopher Taylor had an incredibly difficult choice to make. After much deliberation, he declined the extremely prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to attend Yale University in New Haven, Conn.
The Morehead Cain was established in 1945. It’s the oldest merit scholarship program in the United States and was inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship at England’s Oxford University. UCC Old Boy Allen Champagne ’11 attends UNC on a Morehead Cain Scholarship.
On the other hand, Yale, an Ivy League research university, is the third oldest institution of higher education in the U.S. and has the second largest endowment of any school in the world. Five American presidents and the heads of several other nations are among Yale’s impressive group of alumni.
We asked Taylor about his accomplishments and honours and future plans, and here’s what he had to say:
Why do you think you’ve been able to receive these honours?
I can’t stress enough the opportunities that UCC has provided me with over the past seven years. The College has incredible depth in co-curricular activities, such as debate and Model UN, and extremely dedicated teachers who put in so much time and effort to help us along the way. I think it was these opportunities that really helped me to find my passion in high school, something that I hope to continue in university.
What’s your ultimate ambition?
My ultimate goal is to return to the United States (where I was born) and go into politics. I’ve been passionate about history, economics and public policy for my whole life and would be absolutely thrilled to translate that into a career.
What’s the best thing you’ve learned from UCC?
How to make the tough choice, and realizing that I need to make the choice in the first place. Perhaps the only drawback I experienced with UCC was that it offers too many events and opportunities that I wanted to get involved in. I learned that in order to excel in these opportunities I had to pick and choose those that I really wanted to dedicate my time to because I simply couldn’t do everything that I wanted to do.