Each Wednesday the Stanford men’s gymnastics team will post a childhood photo of a current gymnast on their Facebook and Twitter pages asking, “Can you name this gymnast?” The identity of the gymnast will be revealed on Thursday along with a special Q-and-A, giving fans a chance to get to know the gymnasts before the 2014 season.
This week’s featured gymnast is freshman Taylor Seaton. The Plano, Texas, native discusses adjusting to college life, what he looks forward to most this coming season and his interests outside the gym.
How has your freshman year been going so far?
This year has been going really well both in and out of the gym. I have enjoyed being on the gymnastics team and it already feels like I am a part of the family. I am constantly impressed by the people I meet at Stanford and I have already started to make lifelong friendships.
What have been some of the most significant changes adjusting to college life?
Living away from my family has been a big change for me and has forced me to be less dependent on my parents for things. Living with other kids has forced me to be disciplined in balancing my school work, social life, and most importantly, getting sleep. There have been a lot of changes involved in transitioning to college life but most of them have helped me grow.
How has your time in the gym been going?
I have made a lot of progress in the gym and have seen tangible results since the first week of training. The training is a bit faster paced than what I was used to but has helped me to get stronger and set my expectations higher. I have been able to learn from the coaches and my teammates, which have helped me push myself to be the best that I can be.
Any personal goals you’d like to accomplish this year?
I would like to stay on top of my school work and make the lineup at every completion this year so that I can contribute to the gymnastics team and also feel accomplished in my academics.
What do you look forward to most this season?
I am most looking forward to competing at home. I am excited to put on a Cardinal uniform and represent my school in front of my friends and family.
When did you decide you wanted to come to Stanford?
I decided that I wanted to come to Stanford when I was accepted into the school. I felt like I was invited to join a very talented group of people at an exceptional institution and it was almost impossible to turn down.
What was that moment like when you received the acceptance letter?
I can’t describe the level of excitement I had when I opened the acceptance letter. I could hardly believe that I got into such a prestigious university and was given such an incredible opportunity.
Outside of the gym, what do you like doing with your free time?
I enjoy reading and studying my bible, listening to music, and going to parties with my friends on the weekends. There are many ways to get involved into groups with people who share similar interests and I am still looking in to all of the opportunities available. Some of the things I have been interested in trying out are Cardinal Life, which is a Christian group on campus, and getting involved in the radio station on campus.
What do you hope to accomplish in your four years on The Farm, both in the gym and as a student?
I hope to make lots of mistakes that I can learn from and that will help me grow as a person. I want to find a major that I really enjoy and graduate with a good GPA. Last but not least, I would love to win a national championship in gymnastics.