While at RMC, Taylor pursued her passion for Japanese culture, majoring in international studies and minoring in Asian studies and political science. She first traveled to Tokyo, Japan during the January term and later studied the works of Japanese author Haruki Murakami as a summer research fellow under the Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. Following graduation, Taylor returned to Japan to teach English to elementary school students in Ishinomaki as part of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program. After the earthquake struck, Taylor made sure her young students were safely returned to their families. She was attempting to bicycle home as the tsunami swept in. Her love for Japan, its culture and people was the inspiration for the enduring partnership between the country of Japan, Randolph-Macon College and the people of Ishinomaki.
Each year, on the anniversary of her death 3/11, the RMC comes together to remember Taylor and the thousands who died in the earthquake and tsunami. With memorial projects like the 1,000 Origami Cranes project, RMC partners with other institutions to remember the victims and honor their lives.