Taran attended Starfleet Academy from 2368 to 2372 with a focus on engineering. During her first year, her roommate was a third-year cadet named T'Rees. The other members of her quad were Elma, Nev Reoh, Moll Enor, Bobby Ray Jefferson, Jayme Miranda, and Hammon Titus.
Her species experienced puberty later than most humanoids, and when she entered the Academy she was still a pre-adolescent. In 2371 she began to go through puberty; however, her body reacted abnormally and she had to return to Oppalassa for treatment. She was accompanied by Nev, then an assistant professor of geophysics. While on Oppalassa their friendship developed into a romantic relationship.