She is the Vice President of Student Services for Student Government. She is a TCNJ Ambassador. She is an Orientation Leader for first-year students. She is the first ever “Beta Sweetheart.” Amongst all these titles, Taylor Mislan recently added one more to her list of accomplishments: TCNJ’s 2018 Homecoming Queen.
With her bubbly personality and contagious smile, it’s no surprise she was voted queen by her peers. “I am blessed to be in this new role as the 2018 Homecoming Queen — it was a day I will never forget, and I thank you all for your support,” said Mislan.
While most of the student body already knows her name, Mislan made sure to campaign for the small minority who didn’t. She chalked outside the student center, hung flyers all around campus, and even made buttons for her supporters to style on their backpacks. But, every successful candidate needs a great support system, and Mislan had just that. She had all of Student Government, her sisters in Alpha Xi Delta, and the brothers of Beta Theta Pi behind her throughout the entire process. But, she sends most of her thanks to her boyfriend, Ricky Brum, for being there every step of the way and for being her number one fan through his unending support.
“I am especially grateful to have had Ricky throughout the process,” said Mislan. “Ricky has fearlessly supported me in all that I have done since freshman year, and his efforts towards my campaign were no different. I jokingly called Ricky my ‘campaign manager’ because he helped me come up with the structure of my campaign, but he definitely did do the job of a campaign manager. I do not think I can thank him enough, but I can try — thank you, Ricky!”
Mislan reflected on her four years, all of which leading up to her homecoming win. While she still has a semester to go before graduation, she is grateful for all that TCNJ has given her: friends, leadership roles, and an overwhelming support system. Mislan’s biggest piece of advice? Get involved, you won’t regret it.
“My biggest piece of advice for any student would be to seek out the countless opportunities at TCNJ and take advantage of them,” Mislan advised. “Putting myself out there by applying to different positions and accepting that I may or may not be selected to be a part of everything, has allowed me to fearlessly invest myself in the TCNJ community. College is as good as you make it, and you get as much as you put into it. Yes, hindsight is 20/20 and if I could go back I would have done even more during my first few semesters, but what’s important is now and what is yet to come — remember that! Be confident in yourself and your capabilities, and do not let fear hold you back!”
Be sure to stop and say congrats to the 2018 Homecoming Queen when you see her smiling around campus!