President Kevin J Worthen has launched an initiative to transform the educational experience of BYU students by providing them with life-changing learning opportunities through mentoring, experiential learning, and innovative teaching. “Expanding these programs to serve more of our students is one of my top priorities as president of BYU,” President Worthen says. “We want students here to have every opportunity to succeed and to be inspired in their life’s work.”
Mentoring has been the core of Mary Wilson’s growth at BYU. As a freshman, she got involved through The Women Student Mentoring Program. A PhD student brought her in to work on projects applying principles of origami to space engineering. “Now I’m mentoring other students,” says Wilson. “All the programs that I’ve been involved with have really expanded my view of my own potential, of what I can do and where I can go in life.”
Rachel Lott, an international relations undergrad, has taken advantages of several experiential-learning opportunities. She spent a semester studying the language, culture, and traditions of Jordan through the intensive Arabic study abroad program. While there, she also taught English to refugees. Lott was one of a few winners of the United Nation’s Many Languages, One World competition, culminating in a chance to speak at the U.N. in New York. Rachel says that her experiences “gave me a great outlook on life and helped me to have empathy for other people.”
Mary, Rachel, and countless other BYU students have access to these life-changing experiences thank to the generosity of BYU alumni and friends. Thanks to donors, students can enter to learn and go forth to serve.