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The most useful part of the elementary education program was the two consecutive semesters that combined regular campus coursework with field experience in public schools. For one month out of each semester we were assigned to a classroom at an elementary school that participated in an ongoing partnership with the university. The responsibilities in real classrooms made the textbook knowledge actually meaningful and applicable. This helped to prepare me for my own entry into professional teaching.
Brigham Young University is an excellent school that is committed to serving its students. There is no better school to do undergraduate research, and it's also one of the most affordable schools in the country. The school also offers a different college experience from most other schools with it Honor Code. The school is a great stepping stone to other graduate programs.
Receiving my Exercise Science major at Brigham Young University was extremely enriching and rewarding. The classes were challenging but the brilliant professors helped me to grasp the difficult concepts needed to succeed. I finished my undergraduate career with a great understanding of the Exercise Science. The best part about it was that it gave me an even greater desire to learn more about the field. The fire for learning that BYU gave me will be a great benefit as I continue my education at Physical Therapy School.
I loved my time at BYU. The English Department is full of really helpful faculty who genuinely care about educating students. You do have to be focused as an English major as to what kind of job you'll have after graduating. I wanted to edit so I took all the editing and grammar classes and set myself up nicely as a freelance editor. The program gave me the knowledge I needed to do my job.
I studied the Bachelor of Music in Music Composition at Brigham Young University. The faculty focus on expanding the musical influences of each student to include contemporary composition techniques and to push the envelope with what can be done to achieve a new, original sound. The faculty are all very skilled in composition and each have their own unique insights. I am pursuing a career in composing for games, film, and television, and while this program did an excellent job expanding my compositional toolkit, I find it necessary to pursue a graduate degree in film scoring to fully prepare me for the media music industry.
BYUs English Department is chock full of educators with a passion for teaching and helping those in their classes see the importance of their studies. As with many liberal arts degrees, the soft skills taught do not correlate with dollars and cents the way a degree in the sciences might, but the skills I picked up along the way have been invaluable for my current career in marketing
My time at BYU has been an outstanding example of true educational value. Students and professors are all of the highest caliber and raise the bar for academic and behavioral excellence a little higher every year. For the amount that the average student pays in tuition and fees, I have a hard time imagining another institution that provides as much by way of resources and high-quality learning experiences for the price. The party scene definitely isn't typical of other universities around the nation since, but what BYU lacks in greek life and raves it makes up for in adventurous outdoor activities. Personally, I have loved being able to drive 20 minutes from my apartment up the canyon with a bunch of friends from class, ski at Sundance for a few hours and be back in time for afternoon class in the winter. On the other hand, summers leave hundreds of miles of trails open for day trips to nearby waterfalls, summits and hot springs, a welcome relief from the rigorous study schedule of a typical BYU student.
BYU is a great school. From an academic perspective I was intellectually engaged in nearly every class I took. I was especially impressed with the accounting major and business school as a whole. Socially, it is a large student body of over 30,000 and so there is always something fun going on.
Exceptional faculty. Smart people. The only problem is that the English program is very divided as I think many English programs are. There are the creative types who just like to read books and write and talk about them, and then there are sentence diagraming types who hope to become teachers. They don't get along too well. God forbid you are one type and end up in the other type's class. Yikes. This only happened to me a few times and I survived. It is fairly easy to tailor your experience to get what you want.
I loved BYU. The school is very much focused on undergraduate so the classes are geared toward good teaching and preparing for a good graduate program. The physics program specifically could focus more on teaching than research, as right now both are just OK. The teaching part of the physics program is excellent, however.