Intern Highlight: Taylor DesOrmeau
Taylor DesOrmeau certainly understands the importance of writing when it concerns fulfilling the Great Commission. A senior from Central Michigan University, Taylor is majoring in integrative public relations and minoring in journalism and leadership. That being said, he appreciates brevity when it comes to writing.
“I think in this age of shortened attention spans, being able to take stories and put them in a package that’s quick and easy to read and also has a big impact on people is a challenge but is something at least worth working on.”
Trying to produce work that does this is part of why Taylor came to Crossroads this summer. The past two summers, he had been involved with a Christian summer camp. He “got to work with kids, play music, be outside and do awesome things.”
However, when this camp consolidated with its sister camp, Taylor was offered a different position. He was offered a public relations position that was essentially made just for him. He would have made a fair amount of money and had room and board paid for. Despite the benefits that working there presented, Taylor turned it down.
“Camp would have been comfortable. But how much different would going to Chicago be? I couldn’t let that slip away.”
Having an opportunity to switch up his routine wasn’t Taylor’s only reasoning for joining Crossroads. Being able to participate in the internship as a writer has enabled him to directly apply what he’s learning in school to ministry. He finds the opportunity to mix two of his passions, Jesus and writing, impossible to pass up.
Taylor’s skill at being concise has been extremely helpful in the work being produced at Crossroads. He has experience at Central Michigan’s newspaper writing for the sports desk, and he’s really excited to take back some of the skills he has learned at Crossroads and apply them this year as the sports editor. Taylor’s passion for sports is something which makes him unique. His love of sports is interesting because he combines it with so many other hobbies.
“I don’t fit into one category well. There are lots of different sides of me. I play drums, guitar, and piano, so I have that creative side. Then there’s another side of me that’s mathematical and likes numbers. My dad and I go drag racing all the time and that’s a different group of people with different skillsets. I’m pretty well rounded and I enjoy lots of different things.”
This abundance of passions is what makes Crossroads such a great fit for Taylor. He loves being able to serve God and write at the same time. When asked about his opinion of his time here, Taylor answered:
“I’d say if you consider yourself creative, if you are learning creative skills at school, Crossroads is a place you will develop those skills even more. You’ll learn about your trade and how it can be glorifying to God. And you’re probably going to grow more than you can imagine. If you can do it financially, it’s worth bringing your skills to the table.”
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