Merlot and cats, and she is your friend… Hello again, Ms Taylor Murphy!

The facilitators of the RYLA team start with the organisation of the program for RYLA participants about 9 months in advance to make sure everything runs smoothly. It’s indeed like delivering a baby!

As a returning Facilitator of RYLA 2016, volunteering her time and bringing warm energy to the team, we are excited to have Taylor Murphy on the team once again for RYLA 2017!


We asked Taylor to share some awesome facts about her beautiful self!

  1. If you could take one thing with you and be stranded on an island, what would it be? Another person, any person, I’d drive myself crazy being alone for too long.
  2. Would you rather read a good book or watch a good TV show? The wannabe intellectual in me wants to say book, but the newest episode of Offspring would win hands down against even the greatest read.
  3. What is your go to road trip song? “Greek Tragedy” by The Wombats – it just has a killer hook. I pity anyone trapped in the car with me at that point because I can’t help but belt it out.
  4. What was the most awkward moment of your life? Sometimes I think my life is one big awkward moment.
  5. What would you give up, chocolate or music? Chocolate
  6. What is your greatest fear? And would you embrace that fear for 12 hours for $1000? Rational fear: losing people I love – no amount of money would see me ‘embrace’ that. Irrational fear: Bats, the ones with wings and the weird snout things – yeah, I could probably be convinced to embrace that fear for $1000.
  7. If you could live anywhere, where would it be? Somewhere that’s close to the beach, but also close to the bush and also not too far from the city. Oh, and enough land to have a dog – so if you work out where that is, let me know?
  8. What did you want to be when you were young? I wanted to be a teacher; I loved school THAT much.
  9. If you could have one superpower what would it be? Being able to fly or the power to change people’s minds.
  10. If you could travel in time where would you go? I’d travel to the end of this interview where I’d have already come up with a really clever answer to this question.
  11. What motivates you to get up in the morning? I’m motivated by the fact that the sooner I get up the sooner I get to drink coffee.
  12. What is the first thing you notice in someone? How kind their eyes are.
  13. What do you find funny that others might not? Myself
  14. If you could go back in time and re do one thing what would it be? I’d go back and redo last semester.
  15. What is your pet peeve? People being on their phone when you’re trying to spend quality time with them.
  16. What is the one thing you can’t live without? Love (queue “nawwww’s”)
  17. What is your go to movie for a rainy day? Good Will Hunting
  18. What would you have on your tombstone? “Taylor thought herself to death and said sorry too often, but she was a pretty good person.” It’d be great to have that I was a “loving wife, mother and superhero” included somewhere on there too.


We asked her some more questions…


Why did you become a RYLA facilitator?

I wanted the opportunity to give back to a program that has given me so much.


What did you expect when you got into the RYLA program (as a participant)?

I expected it to change my life (because that’s what everyone told me it would do) but I just didn’t know how it would do it, which was stressful! It was a good thing that it lived up to those very high expectations, having influenced so many areas of my life since I was a participant.


What’s your favourite RYLA moment (as participant)?

My favourite moment was when a group of us decided to pull an all nighter on the last night so we could watch the sunrise. The activities that we came up with in our attempts to whittle away the early hours of the morning were hilariously innovative. Watching that sunrise was one of the most special moments of my life.



We are so excited to have Taylor as part of our RYLA 2017 team again. Here’s a bit more about her and what qualifies her to be a perfect team member at RYLA!

Having grown up in Tasmania, Taylor moved to Sydney five years ago for tertiary study in Psychology and Law. Throughout school, she was heavily involved in several community organisations where she developed a passion for positively influencing the lives of young people through community engagement. Her drive to be involved in community service saw her become an active member of the Rotaract Club of Macquarie Uni upon her move to the mainland. Co-ordinating a Homework Help Program for primary school students is probably one of her greatest accomplishments as a member of the club. Taylor also went on to serve a year as President during 2015-16 following her own empowering RYLA experience. Her team’s successes include establishing a partnership between the club and a local charity and pioneering a new international project in the form of the Virtual Walk to Cambodia. Taylor is also a mentor for high school students as part of the Raise Foundation’s “In-School Mentoring Program,” a position that has inspired her to shift her career focus towards becoming a secondary teacher. Beyond her interest in empowering young people to fulfil their goals, she is completely family orientated, terrible at making decisions and a lover of merlot.

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