Student dances through freshman year at UHV

Taylor Henderson

Some people move through life going with the flow, but University of Houston-Victoria freshman Taylor Henderson opts for a slightly more rhythmic path.

She chooses to dance to the beat.

The dancing bug first bit the San Antonio native during high school, while she was looking to join an extracurricular activity. She went out for the drill team, made it, and found a pastime that simply fit.

“I realized it was something I loved doing,” she said. “I really enjoyed it.”

Henderson continued her hobby throughout high school and, today, is among the first members of UHV’s Jaguar Jazz Team.

Her role with the student organization offers more than just a chance to continue her love of dance, however. With her previous experience, she helps others develop their art.

“You’ve got to have a lot of patience, and sometimes it takes time, but it’s really fun,” she said of her ability to help out. “When you teach others, you realize it’s really worth it.”

Henderson graduated from Karen Wagner High School this year and moved on to UHV after attending a recruitment presentation.

A biology major, Henderson hopes to eventually enter the medical field.

“I go back and forth,” she said. “Sometimes I think I want to become a podiatrist or a pediatrician. As of now, I want to be a dentist because I love teeth.”

Luckily, the 18-year-old still has plenty of time to decide.

While she still might be new on the college scene, Henderson has adapted well. Time management skills help, she explained, and a strong social network – which she found in her residence hall – doesn’t hurt, either.

“I have sleepovers in my room every Thursday, where my friends and I watch movies and talk,” she said. “We just carry each others’ mattresses upstairs or across the hall. It’s great.”

Henderson urged other students just starting out in school to take a deep breath, relax and enjoy it. She was nervous at first, but found it got easier with time.

“Anything new is going to be scary,” she said. “But just take it a day at a time, step by step. Don’t over think it.”

The UHV Outstanding Student is an online feature highlighting the exceptional students who attend the University of Houston-Victoria. To nominate a student, contact Paula Cobler, UHV interim director of marketing and communications, or call 361-570-4350.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Allison Miles 361-570-4342