This is a picture of Taylor standing in front of the Bay Bridge in San Francisco.

About Taylor

Ball Bearings Senior Editor | Philanthropy Education Council Marketing Director

I wanted to be an artist up until the second grade, when I wrote my first short story. After that, my entire life was dedicated to writing.

I fell in love with journalism my sophomore year of high school. When college came around, I knew Ball State was the place for me. In Muncie, I'm pursuing a magazine journalism major and sociology and marketing minors. I'm a senior editor for Ball Bearings magazine and the marketing director for Philanthropy Education Council.

I'm currently seeking a journalism or communications internship for the summer of 2018. I would love to bring my passion for writing, marketing and editing to your organization.

Ball Bearings magazine

I have written longform stories for Ball Bearings since January 2016. That fall, I became a senior editor for the publication.

Ball State Foundation

In September 2016, I started working as a Cardinal Caller for the Ball State Foundation. In this position, I help call alumni and friends of the university to raise funds for the Foundation.

Gordon Food Service

I started at Gordon Food Service in October 2013. In my four years at the company, I worked as a cashier and stocker.

A man standing in the dark, surrounded by red glowing eyes

My Schizophrenia

Mikael Rehman has spent years learning how to reduce stress, deal with his hallucinations, and be happy with his schizophrenia.

Illustration by TT Shinkan and Branden Dwyer

Taking a walk has always been a soothing activity for Mikael Rehman. It’s something he often turns to if he needs to clear his head. He had a lot of migraines during his sophomore year of high school, and one night, he went on a walk while waiting for his migraine medication to take effect.

It was already dark outside when he headed out with his sister and their dog. There were no clouds obscuring the moon, but as they walked, Mikael felt like it was starting to get darker.

What’s going on? Mikael thought to himself, his heart starting to beat faster.

He kept walking, but soon, glowing red eyes on shaded figures started gathering around them. Kill or be killed, the figures whispered to him. Kill or be killed. Kill or be killed.

There are two men flexing their arm muscles. One man, more muscular, has heart tattoos. The other man is thin, but has a tattoo of a skull.

Shattering the Stereotype

Society’s standards for how young men should look, think, and act are often harmful for them in the long run.

Illustration by Annelise Hanshaw

Vivian Edwards was 16 when she struck up a conversation with her father about a transgender girl at her school. Vivian was still publicly identifying as a boy at the time, but she was wearing panties in secret. She thought that maybe bringing up the other girl would make Vivian feel more like the man society told her she was. Instead, calling the girl a “shim” and a “he-she” with her dad made her feel awful. She felt like she’d have to be a boy forever.

It took a few years for Vivian to admit to herself, and everyone around her, that she was transgender as well. Her inability to show her true self is probably in part due to the unrealistic set of masculine standards placed on men by society, commonly referred to as toxic masculinity.

Toxic masculinity describes when a person opts to participate in masculine behaviors to a point that might be unhealthy for them or those around them, according to Katie Lawson, an assistant professor in psychological science at Ball State University. These behaviors include, but are not limited to: violence, taking risks, holding in emotions, and socially monitoring others, such as transgender women.

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