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I attended Brigham Young University from 2011 to 2016. I cannot believe how much I grew in those 5 years. I completed a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. I also had the opportunity to study and live in Jerusalem for a semester through the BYU Jerusalem Study Abroad. BYU was an amazing school to attend. Aside from the wonderful education provided, I was able to receive scholarships and grants through BYU and the Civil Engineering department every semester that I attended. In addition, BYU's tuition is extremely low if you are a member of the LDS church, which along whit extensive student aid available, makes it very affordable to attend school. I found that most of the professors were very available and wanted to help students succeed. I had a baby in the middle of a semester and all of my professors were extremely accommodating in allowing me to turn in work early and to work around the birth and subsequent recovery. My degree program prepared me extremely well for my career, and I was able to receive and accept a full time job offer before I graduated. I was able to start work immediately after graduation.
BYU is a great university! It is famous for its honor code, which is a moral code that students agree to live by. This provides an atmosphere of integrity to go along with the intellectually stimulating atmosphere. The Organ Performance program was particularly awesome - the professors were totally invested in my success, often giving me extra lessons during their free time. I would recommend this program to any aspiring organist and church musician.
BYU gives you the best value of any major university in the country for your degree. Not only that, you get an incredibly intellectually invigorating educational experience by being able to study with people from all around the world on topics that interest you. The professors are extremely approachable. The first year experience for freshman is extremely well run, and provides opportunities to grow and make new friends. Wouldn't change my undergrad experience at all.
Brigham Young University is a wonderful school. The school provides very competitive programs that will prepare students to enter the workforce or to enter post graduate education. The professors all love their jobs and really care about the well being and success of their students. The campus life is great, there is always something going on where you can meet lots of great people. It is a religious school so there is no drinking alcohol so the type of partying is very different compared to other schools, which can be good or bad. I quite enjoyed the religious atmosphere myself! I would recommend this college to anyone and hope that my children will want to attend Brigham Young University someday!
Definitely a school focused on helping their students have opportunities to prepare for future career opportunities. I was able to participate in a program called "mentored research", which allows students to gain hands-on research experience including laboratory work, writing proposals and writing/proofing own research papers. It made a big difference in helping me decide my future career. Classes are competitive as a small percentage of applicants are accepted at the university, and sometimes this causes students to be too grade-driven (all about that "A" grade), which I recommend to not fall into this fallacy -- the purpose of an education is to learn it to remember it, and not just for exams. In all, it is a wonderful learning environment, top-notch faculty and incredible value for the tuition.
Brigham Young University is an incredible and unique University. The programs and opportunities it offers are limitless. Anything you want to be, can be prepared for at BYU. Unfortunately as a young college student I didn't have much perspective on my future goals or what I wanted to pursue career wise. My interests were so diverse that I had a hard time narrowing my major down. I chose to major in Geography with an emphasis on travel and tourism because at the time (about 2002) my main interests were traveling and learning about the world. I was not well prepared for the difficulty I would encounter post graduation finding a solid career in this field. Travel agencies were dying out and the internet was taking over the travel industry. My only saving grace was the surge in airline industry where I ended up pursuing a career as a flight attendant. After marrying and having children, traveling with the airlines became increasingly difficult. I realized after having my third child that my days as a flight attendant were numbered. And sadly, my marriage in divorce. Now I find myself a single mother that needs to start over and switch gears. This Fall I will be starting a Masters in Teaching program with Western Governors University. This is a special post-baccalaureate Master's program designed specifically for people like me that have a Bachelor's degree and want to pursue a graduate degree in Teaching. Being a teacher and a mentor comes naturally to me so it was an easy decision to apply for this degree program. WGU is an online University that will allow me to study and attend class from home while I tend to the needs of my children. Because single parenthood is so challenging financially, scholarships are incredibly appreciated in order to further my education and take care of my family.
Studying at Brigham Young University was a life-changing experience for me. The classes were rigorous, especially since I was studying engineering and pre-medical classes at the same time, and there were times when I felt overwhelmed by it all. Eventually I began to learn how to learn, to think critically, and to solve complex problems. Even more importantly, I had professors and classmates who pushed me to be a better person. BYU is simply the best valued education in the entire US in my biased opinion, the professors are excellent and the campus is beautiful. I am grateful for the experiences I had while at BYU.
The majority of my professors were experts in their field with a lot of accolades and experience. A lot had actual work experience in the area of study, which was excellent for preparing me for my career in advertising. They also had a very strong internship program that landed students all kinds of communications internships in New York City. I got to do my internship on Madison Avenue in one of the world's biggest agencies in TV production. It was an amazing experience. Since I left, the program has grown more and there's even the Ad Lab, which is essentially a student-run ad agency where they get the opportunity to work with real clients and put together real ad campaigns. Google it...it's impressive. There are even more networking opportunities today than there were before. The program really does prepare students for working in advertising. I got a paid internship at a local agency upon graduating and they were extremely impressed with the knowledge I already had and the preparation I had received. The program has a group almost every year that qualifies for the American Advertising Federations' national competition. Again, excellent real world experience. I also felt like the professors truly cared about you and were willing to do whatever to help you be successful. Also, the social aspect of the school was excellent. Sure, in undergrad you have gigantic classes with up to 1000 students in a big auditorium and the professor wouldn't recognize you at Wal-mart. But once you get into the program, class sizes are quite small and the professors are very involved and get to know you quite well. If you want to go into advertising, I highly recommend this program. It's also very affordable.
Mars Rover. Ping pong ball shooter. Power Wheels car upgrade. These are all projects I was able to work on and contribute to during my undergrad degree at BYU. The courses I took were insightful and interesting. They built on each other so that I could use my skills that I learned in previous classes to excel in new ones. The teachers cared and took time to work one on one with me when I asked. I developed solid relationships that helped me learn more about the mechanical engineering field, find additional opportunities outside of class to further my education, and acquire good recommendation letters for graduate school. One opportunity I had was to volunteer at an elementary school teaching kids basic robotic skills with Lego robots. Another was to work on upgrading a Power Wheels car for a child with severe dwarfism who wanted to go faster and keep up with her friends. I also served as the BYU Mechatronics Club president, which gave me the opportunity to network and help students with out of class mechatronics projects. On top of the excellent academics and opportunities, the campus was clean and safe, the tuition was much cheaper than other schools of the same caliber, and there were many social activities available in which I participated. BYU's focus on strong Christian principles mean that students must hold themselves to a high moral standard, or the Honor Code. This might be controversial for some, but for me, it challenged me to respect myself and others while completing my degree. The four aims of a BYU education are: spiritually strengthening, intellectually enlarging, character building, and lifelong learning and service. I feel that I have internalized these ideals and am prepared to enter a new graduate school with a unique perspective and a dedication to education. While I continue on to a career, I aim to keep those ideals with me and constantly pursue lifelong learning and service to others.
The only benefit from attending BYU-I is the education itself. The teacher's int he Accounting program are fantastic with real work knowledge. The downside is the school itself. You have a school run by close minded folks who seek to control your life. They have rules for everything with no chance in developing as adults. I don't recommend it.