Twenty Years to Find My Ever After

by Laura Lund Once upon a time twenty years ago, I was a seventeen-year-old high school senior with aspirations to become an engineer.  I grew up outside of the “Jell-O Belt,” and my ward had several examples of LDS women who balanced career, family, and church service.  Lessons in Young Women, however, tended to focus […]

The Student Record: Meredith, Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology

Name: Meredith Fredline School/University: Idaho State University (Online) City/Location: Houston, TX Major/Field of Study: Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology Marital status/children?: Married, one son (18 months), baby #2 due in August What led you to the program that you are currently pursuing or have completed? Why did you select this major or field of study? […]

The Student Record: Sarah, Reading Endorsement

Name: Sarah Jones School/University: Reading Endorsement through Davis (Utah) School District City/Location: Bountiful, UT Major/Field of Study: Reading Endorsement Marital status/children?: Married, parent to six (ages 4 to 14) What led you to the program that you are currently pursuing or have completed? Why did you select this major or field of study? Please tell […]

The Student Record: Laura, Masters of Leadership

Name: Laura Radtke School/University:  University of Guelph City/Location:  Guelph, Ontario, Canada Major/Field of Study: Master of Leadership, College of Management and Economics Marital status/children?:  Married with two 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? Please tell us about […]

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 […]

Frame Yourself as a Persister

by Rosemary Capps Bartlett Many women who visit this site are returning to higher education after time away. Earlier essays have covered topics such as how to find a mentor as a student, how to be a good mentee, practical considerations for a return to college (both part 1 and part 2), and profiles of […]

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 […]

Podcast #5: Recently Returned Sister Missionaries

Newly called sister missionaries gather on Temple Square in December 2012. With the recent change in missionary age requirements, more women than ever are choosing to serve LDS missions. In this episode, Drew talks with recently returned missionaries Kate Clayson and Annie Williams about sleep deprivation, the age change, and having too much free time. […]

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 […]

Finding Encouragement & Inspiration from Madeleine Albright

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and one of her daughters, Alice Albright, at the White House for a state dinner in 2011. Image source: Brendan Smialowski by Heidi Doxey A few weeks ago former United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright spoke to a standing-room only audience and I had the opportunity to crowd […]

Run, Girl, Run

Image credit: Automania by Hadley Duncan Howard Longer than I’ve known him, my husband has harbored a goal of running a marathon before his fiftieth birthday. He’s a gentle soul, an academic and an arts-lover – not someone for whom Herculean athletic feats would normally be an attractive pastime. Although he does possess an innate […]

What Do I Want to Be When I Grow Up?

by Tiffany Gee Lewis Every couple months I ask my kids: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s fun to see how their interests change over time. When they were young, it was all firefighters and police officers, the guys who drove the cool vehicles and hefted exciting equipment. Once Legos […]

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 […]

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

Image credit: Avolore by Holly Over two years ago—in one of those quirky God-has-a-sense-of-humor moments—I received both a letter of acceptance into my long dreamt-of Ph.D. program, and a rather unexpected proposal of marriage. In a leap of faith, I threw over the Ph.D. for the Mr.S., and let go of one dream for another. […]

Podcast #3: Returning to School After a Hiatus

Naomi speaks to Gay Lynn Smith and Gloria Johnson, both women who pursued and completed degrees after some time away from the classroom. They share their experiences, stories, motivations, and advice about overcoming the fears and challenges of returning to school and graduating later in their lives. Dr. Gay Lynn P. Smith, serves as the […]

The Intellectual LDS Mother

Image Credit: “Family Group Reading,” Mary Cassatt, 1901. by Tiffany Gee Lewis A few years back, I was having one of those deep and meaningful life discussions with my husband. He asked me, “How has our marriage been for you? Is it what you thought it would be?” I responded truthfully, “It’s been wonderful but…I thought […]

Stuck Like Glue

by Nan Some conversations stick with you. And not in the delightful way that great food sticks to your ribs. More like superglue that irritates your skin and is impossible to remove. Five years ago I was struggling with all the things a young mother wrestles with. The demands of my three young sons seemed […]

Podcast Episode #1: Susan Madsen, Utah Women & Education Initiative

In our first Aspiring Mormon Women podcast, Jamie talks to Dr. Susan R. Madsen who heads the Utah Women and Education Initiative about her career and research. Dr. Madsen is the Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership and Ethics in the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University. She has been heavily involved for many years […]

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