The Student Record: Sydney, Masters in Educational Leadership

Name: Sydney B. Donaldson School/University: Northern Arizona University City/Location: Flagstaff, AZ (however, it’s an online program. I’m located in Tucson, AZ) Major/Field of Study: Master of Education, Educational Leadership Marital status/children?: Married for 8 years, with one child (a two-year-old) What led you to the program that you are currently pursuing or have completed? Why […]

Career Day: Physicist

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job? My name is Elise Tang. I am a nuclear physicist. I am originally from Boise, Idaho, but now I live in Los Alamos, NM. I received my BS from BYU and my Master’s and PhD from the University of Kentucky. What does your job entail? […]

The Student Record: Lucy, Civil & Geotechnical Engineering

Name: Lucy Astorga School/University: Brigham Young University City/Location: Provo, UT Major/Field of Study: MS in Civil Engineering with emphasis in Geotechnical Engineering Marital status/children?: Single/ no children What led you to the program that you are currently pursuing or have completed? Why did you select this major or field of study? Choosing my current major […]

The Student Record: Erika, Biological Engineering

Name: Erika Handly School/University: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2014-present, Biological Engineering PhD Student; Brigham Young University, 2010-2014, B.S. Chemical Engineering City/Location: Cambridge, MA Major/Field of Study: Biological Engineering Marital status/children: Single What led you to the program that you are currently pursuing or have completed? Why did you select this major or field of study? Multiple reasons led me to […]

Career Day: Principal

by Dr. Susan Brady (Harkness) I grew up on Indian reservations, went to Catholic schools, and attended the first high school closed with racial riots in California (I jokingly say that it was half-Black, half-Hispanic, and me). I grew up feeling that it was odd to NOT be Native American, Catholic, Black, or Hispanic. Consequently, […]

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, […]

Career Day: Architect

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job? My name is Natalie Whitney and I’m from West Point, Utah. For the past five years I have lived in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, with my husband and two children. We love running, biking, and our newest hobby and attempt at embracing Canadian winters—skiing. I have […]

Career Day: Physician Assistant

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Megan and I grew up in rural eastern Oregon. I live in Nampa, a suburb of Boise, Idaho. My husband and I met at Utah State University and were married while still undergrads. Together we obtained our Master’s degrees in Physician Assistant […]

What I Was Looking For

by Anna Bergevin When I was in elementary school I told the recess aide at the playground that I wanted to be Madeleine Albright when I grew up. President Clinton’s Secretary of State spoke several languages and was fighting hard for peace in the Middle East and I thought she was amazing. I have no […]

Social Media Strategist

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Alison J. Herzog and I live in Salt Lake City.  I grew up outside of San Francisco and in Southern Oregon.  My father was based in San Francisco as an international airline pilot which contributed to my love for travel and global […]

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 […]

Finding Perspective on My Own

Image credit: Kai Schaper by Jennifer Gonzalez I remember writing my college admissions essay for BYU when I was all of 17. I’m pretty sure I crafted a thought-provoking, 300-word missive on navigating the tension between what divinely-given academic and intellectual gifts and a genuine desire to be a stay-at-home mom while my children were […]

Career Day: Internal Medicine Physician

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job? I am a 44-year-old mother of five daughters living in East Texas, where I also grew up. I am an internal medicine physician (basically a doctor for adults). I see elderly patients in nursing homes and also terminally ill patients in their homes for a […]

Career Day: Economist

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Martha Stinson and I live in Alexandria, Virginia, right outside Washington, D.C.   I have a Ph.D. in economics and work for the U.S. Census Bureau, helping to collect, analyze, and distribute data about households in the United States. What does your job […]

Career Day: Media Literacy and Body Image Advocacy

Lindsay (L), Lexie (R)  *Photo Credit: Matt Clayton Photography Tell us a little about yourselves and about your job. I’m Lexie Kite, PhD, co-founder of The Beauty Redefined Foundation and on Facebook.  My twin sister and I have spent the last ten years in college studying media and body image, and now we run Beauty Redefined […]

Career Day: Law Professor

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Mehrsa Baradaran and I grew up in New York, but immigrated to America from Iran when I was nine. I went to BYU undergrad and NYU Law School. After practicing law for a few years, I taught at BYU Law School, and […]

Why Not?: Your Education Needs No Justification

Image shows school girls with their instructors outside a classroom in the mining town of Bingham Canyon, Utah. by Holly I read a great blog post the other day by a stay-at-home mother who was feeling pressured to justify her rather expensive, now “wasted” Ivy League education. I forwarded the link to a friend, and […]

Career Day: Genetics Professor

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Emily Bates and I am a research professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado Denver, School of Medicine. I head a research group that tries to understand the genetic causes of disorders that primarily affect children: syndromes of birth defects and […]

Career Day: Flight-Rescue Nursing

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Denise Evans Ward, DNP, ACNP, FNP.  I am a mother, wife, and flight nurse.  I have been a nurse for twenty-seven years and a flight nurse for eighteen years.  I am too old to give my age, but you can guess by my […]

To LDS Fathers: So, Your Daughter Wants An Advanced Degree?

by Sherman Watkins In our first AMW podcast, Susan Madsen discussed how her research showed the influential role fathers play in ensuring that their daughters graduate from college. Given that my father was a big supporter of my educational pursuits, I’ve invited him to share his perspective as a father of two aspiring Mormon women.  –Naomi Having […]

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