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January 2021

A Mission to Assist

“BYU seeks to develop students of faith, intellect, and character who have the skills and the desire to continue learning and to serve others throughout their lives. These are the common aims of all education at BYU” (Aims of a BYU Education). Increasing knowledge by study, faith, and experience has been the university’s approach since its founding.

The donor-funded Inspiring Learning Initiative provides more students with more opportunities for this type of learning. In 2019, more than 7,300 students had personalized learning opportunities thanks to friends like you. Following are some of their spiritually strengthening, intellectually enlarging, and character-building experiences.

BYU Stories

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Using Math to Connect Students to Resources

With more than 30,000 students at BYU, it’s not surprising that some of them don’t know where to turn when difficulties arise. That’s where Early Alert comes in.

McKay School of Education student Nathan Kahaiali‘i standing in front of a tree

Ethnic Identity Spurs Physical Activity

McKay School of Education graduate Nathan Kahaiali‘i sees ethnic identity and physical activity as two sides of the same coin.

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Creating Social Value

Alyssa Clark represented BYU at an intercollegiate competition that involved simulating policy in a European country during a refugee crisis—and her team won!

Young man climbing stairs in a tunnel during a study abroad assignment.

Supporting Religious Liberty

Austin Atkinson used his language skills at the G20 Interfaith Forum in Tokyo, Japan, where Elder Gerrit W. Gong and Sister Sharon Eubank spoke. Full Story

Young man standing in front of trees on campus at BYU.

Finding Meaning and Defining Experience

Seamons says his work at the Maxwell Institute has defined his BYU experience, “Being part of a community of thoughtful scholars of differing faiths has enriched my life.

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Aiding in the Fight of a Lifetime

Nursing student Annie Welton and Davin Lyman, also a BYU student, had only been engaged for two weeks when doctors confirmed that Davin had thyroid cancer.

Young man in front of a shrine giving a thumbs up.

Marry Me and Move to Tokyo

Kevin Sites told his girlfriend he was hoping to take a position in Tokyo. “Then I asked if she’d marry me.”

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Learning and Serving

Samantha Lau started a club for women in civil engineering. “Women have a different way of thinking about things—our group offers support,” she says.

woman standing in front of the stage at Deer Valley Musici Festival

Managing Music

Esther’s internship with the Utah Symphony helped her see how making music for the masses is more than simply playing notes.

man operating a camera at a BYU football game

A Blessing for Students and the World

BYU Broadcasting offers a life-changing experience for student employees as they get hands-on, real world opportunities in the industry.

A street market in Malawi with people carrying goods on bicycles.

Measuring Impact

Generous donor support made Gregory Hutchins internship possible, where he learned there are sustainable ways to approach the world’s difficult issues.

Prescription medicine bottles

Learning Public Health and Public Policy

Before the COVID-19 pandemic dominated public health discussions, BYU public health majors were in Washington, DC, for a conference which focused on a law proposed to address the opioid crisis.