Lessons learned as a non-traditional student

by Holly Richardson An African proverb says “Educate a man and you educate a man. Educate a woman and you educate a nation. I grew up in a home where education was important. My dad received a Bachelor’s degree from BYU when I was a toddler, and a few years later when I was in […]

Teaching Young Women About the Importance of Education

by Melanie Steimle On the Aspiring Mormon Women Facebook discussion forum we often see postings that say something to the effect of “I’ve been asked to speak to the young women about the importance of education. What should I say?” For those of us that feel strongly about the importance of education for LDS women – […]

Selecting a Graduate School

Julie Rowse After teaching high school for six years, I was restless. Still single, I was irritated with myself that I had chosen teaching because I thought it would be easy to leave once I found a spouse. I wanted something different, with more clout. I had written a curriculum for a media literacy class, […]

Choosing to Attend a Non-Church University: Part 2

College application season is here for many (young) women, and so over the next several weeks we will be featuring LDS women’s experiences of selecting a college/university. If you’d like to share your story, contact us.  Rosie Gochnour Serago As a Mormon born and raised near Salt Lake City, Utah, I never seriously considered attending a university […]

Answers to Prayers, Academic Future, and Unapologetic Joy

by Natalie May Tolley It was the summer before my senior year of high school. I was starting the process of selecting which schools to apply to for college. Being from Utah, I put BYU and the University of Utah on my list, but the remainder consisted of out-of-state, non-Church schools. To me, it was natural […]

Choosing to Attend a Church University/College

College application season is here for many (young) women, and so over the next several weeks we will be featuring LDS women’s experiences of selecting a college/university. If you’d like to share your story, contact us.  Courtney Dana I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and while in high school had big dreams to attend USC or Duke […]

Choosing to Attend a Non-Church University: Part I

College application season is here for many (young) women, and so over the next several weeks we will be featuring LDS women’s experiences of selecting a college/university. If you’d like to share your story, contact us.  Amber Spackman Jones It’s been 15 years since I decided where to do my undergrad, but the decision still feels relevant […]

#EmbraceYourAND: Married AND BYU Student AND Graduate

As part our campaign to eliminate the prevalent either/or mentality in regards to women’s education, career, and family life, we will be featuring vignettes from various women sharing specific combinations of ANDs in their lives. In this feature, we highlight women who were BYU students when they married and who also graduated. Dantzel, Washington State I had […]

Five Tips for Handling Rejection at School or Work

by Naomi Watkins It’s one of my most vivid memories from high school. I had recently transferred to a new English class and was immediately assigned an Upton Sinclair book to read with a written literary analysis to follow. I figured that I would do what I had always done–write the paper the night before […]

A Home Away From Home: Dealing with Homesickness

by Bryn Watkins I’m not in Kansas anymore. Or California, for that matter. A week ago, I said goodbye to the good ol U.S. of A. for the last time for a while. I don’t know how long I can stay away this time but from the looks of things, it’ll be at least a […]

How I Learned to Code–And So Can You

Image of Grace Hopper, an American computer scientist and U.S. Navy rear admiral. by Kristina Giantsos Adams There was a time when I was underemployed and incredibly bored with my job. Often I found myself looking for things to do and creating projects to pass the day. The company that I was working for had […]

Three Things I Wish I Could Say to Every Young LDS Woman

by Melanie Steimle I recently moved into a ward that is quite diverse in the range of ages represented. There are a good number of young married women in the ward, and occasionally I’ll hear one of them make a comment about school or work that makes me want to jump in with a piece […]

Technology School–A Family-Friendly College Alternative

by Kaylie Astin When I was envisioning my glorious future in high school, a technical college was never part of the picture. I was an academic snob. I had to go somewhere where people would say “Oooo,” after I revealed my alma mater. I ended up going to school at BYU. I studied music and […]

So, You Want to be a Nurse?: Pros, Cons, & Strategies

(A colleague and I taking care of a patient requiring ExtraCorporeal Membranous Oxygenation, in the pediatric intensive care unit. This photo is a few years old, as evidenced by the outdated equipment.) by Dora At a recent LDS feminist retreat, knowing that I would miss the session on “Leaning In,” I took some time to […]

Returning to School with Young Children: You Can Do This (if you want to)

by Anna Bergevin I finished my undergraduate work before I was married and had children. It was a wonderful experience – hard work, but simpler than my graduate work in that I was not trying to balance the demands of school with the needs of a spouse and child. I thought, like many of my […]

8 Tips for Making the Most of Your Summer Internship

by Dianne Orcutt An internship is a great opportunity for you to learn more about a particular employer, industry, as well your own professional interests and strengths. I recently had the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion of the do’s and don’ts for law students preparing to begin their summer internships and clerkships. Each […]

10 Lessons Learned While Inside the Bubble

Image credit: Ben Crowder by Bryn Watkins Well, three weeks ago I said goodbye to Provo and hello to Wellington, New Zealand, and in so doing bid farewell to the weirdly concentrated BYU experience I got to brave for one solitary semester.  Here’s what I learned along the way. 1. There is a place for […]

Securing the Benefits of a Mentor as a Student

Image credit: SMB College by Christanne Harrison In this month’s edition of “Mentoring Monday,” we share some advice about mentors for students or those considering going back to school. However, as I interviewed two great mentors, I found that much of their advice is great and applicable for just about everyone. The two women interviewed […]

Surviving (and Thriving) in College: Tips for the Traditional Undergraduate

Image credit: uonottingham by Kris Tina Carlston Dear Sister MBA Esquire: How do I get the most out of my college experience? I prefer to consider myself a “late bloomer.” In college when it seemed as if everyone else had it all figured out, I was still struggling with adolescent acne and retainers. And thus, […]

Out of the House and Back to School: Tips on Finishing (or Furthering) Your Education, Part 2

Image credit: Avolore by Holly Part I covered some of the basic questions about returning to school. Now it’s time to figure out some of the toughest questions including, how on earth will you pay for this education and what are the logistics of becoming a student again? How will you pay for it all? A […]

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