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 […]

The Student Record: Melissa, Marriage & Family Studies

Welcome to our new ongoing series, The Student Record, which profiles current or recently graduated college students, vocational school students, or students enrolled in certificate-type programs. Nominate a woman you know (or yourself) for this feature by emailing us. Name: Melissa Ferguson School/University: Brigham Young University-Idaho City/Location: Online Major/Field of Study: Marriage & Family Studies Marital status/children?: Married, Zero […]

Podcast #6: The Women of Studio C

Mallory (L) and Whitney (R) perform in the comedy sketch, “The Real Bully.” In this episode, Drew talks with Studio C‘s Mallory Everton and Whitney Call about impractical college degrees, comedy writing, and their brushes with celebrity culture. Mallory Everton and Whitney Call were both raised in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from BYU, they began […]

Career Day: Horticulturist

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Crystal, and I’m a horticulturist.  I’ve lived most of my life in Salt Lake City, but went to Oregon State University where I received a B.S. in Horticulture.  I currently live in Salt Lake City and work at Red Butte Garden and […]

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 […]

Breaking the Skin Again

Image credit: Tiziano Cavigli by Bryn Watkins So as I may or may not have mentioned previously, I am a ballet dancer. And people who choose (though who knows why) to train in ballet often go by the rule that every one day you take off, you’ve lost three days of work. You’ll note that […]

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, […]

Free Will vs. Peer Pressure

Image credit: Alex Brown by Bryn Watkins I’m all about the aphorisms. Let me share one that you’ve undoubtedly read before, from good ol’ Henry David: “I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.” He’s right. Not a single more encouraging fact exists […]

Torn: Managing Expectations and Goals

Image credit: Christi by Bryn Watkins So, I’m torn. Just last week I was in Sacrament Meeting listening to the speaker laud an eleven-year-old girl who had outlined her life, in its entirety, all the way down to spoiling the grandkids with warm chocolate-chip cookies every chilly Sunday night. Everything in between matched up as […]

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