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A Prompting to Return

Marriott School of Business

December 2022

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BYU Marriott; © Chris Klu 

Millie Rapp never imagined she’d be a single mother. In her first stint at BYU, she’d been the cocaptain of the cross-country team and earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. After graduation, she and her husband moved to the other side of the country and had two boys—and then their marriage unraveled. 

Rapp took a job working long hours to improve environmental conditions in a cement plant and then later worked for a power company in Tucson, Arizona. While she was on the job, she felt a prompting to return to BYU for more education. 

“I’d always wanted to get my MBA,” Rapp says, “but I hadn’t envisioned quitting my job during a pandemic and moving to Utah.” She also wasn’t sure how she’d pay for the program—thankfully she received scholarships.  

“I feel like I was led to return to BYU.”

At BYU Rapp received mentoring from professionals, interned with big-name companies, and even got global supply chain experience. As an MBA grad, she now has a promising career in corporate strategy.  

“I feel like I was led to return to BYU,” she says. “It’s really been a critical part of helping me rebuild my life. It put me in connection with people who saw my potential.” 

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