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Carter Drysdale

Carter Drysdale
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation: April 2028

I would consider myself as a creative person, and despite majoring in Mechanical Engineering, I have a background in video production and 3d animation. I’ve found that this background can be helpful in approaching challenges in new, possibly more efficient ways. Read more about Carter here.
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Alexandra Jones

Alexandra Jones
Major: Finance
Minor: Global Business and Literacy
Graduation: April 2024
Instagram: @alexandradjones

I am from Houston, Texas (Go Texans) and love meeting new people. I am a sophomore and I have absolutely enjoyed every moment. I have been dancing since I was 6 years old, specifically ballet and jazz... Read more about Alexandra here.
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Michael Dew

Michael Dew
Major: Neuroscience
Graduation Date: April 2024

I'm passionate about learning, specifically about helping others learn. I enjoy reading books that remind me of my childhood, writing poetry, and playing card and board games. As a long-term goal, I want to do research in Alzheimer's Disease prevention and treatment. Read more about Michael here.
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Mary Harris

Mary Harris
Major: Political Science
Minors: Arabic, International Development
Graduation: April 2023

I am from Green River Wyoming and love anything chocolate. I am interested in the State Department and love studying politics. I am passionate about Beyonce and reading. In fact, studies show that women who "run the world" by being in politics help invest national money in more secure ways. Read more about Mary here.
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Sarah Collins

Sarah Collins
Major: Social-Cultural Anthropology
Minor: Asian Studies
Graduation: June 2022

I'm a huge nerd and I really love people. At BYU, I've been fortunate enough to work with two professors on research regarding spiritual experiences and political polarization in the United States. Read more about Sarah here.
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Ashley DiPenti

Ashley DiPenti
Major: Korean
Minor: TESOL
Graduation Date: 2023
Instagram: @ashley_dipenti

I am 20 years old and from Kirtland, Ohio. I am a Junior this semester. In my free time I like to work out, run, watch Netflix, and sleep (I would like more of that last one). When I graduate I plan on going to graduate school... Read more about Ashley here.
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Beth Ericson

Beth Ericson
Major: English Teaching
Minor: French
Graduation: April 2024

I’m a crossword enthusiast who can never eat too much lemon. I’m passionate about autumn leaves, beautiful sunsets, and constellations. Within my major I love British lit, Billy Collins poetry, and studying the importance of teaching vocabulary at a secondary level. Read more about Beth here.
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William Wardinsky

William Wardinsky
Major: Bioinformatics
Minor: Computer Science
Graduation Date: April 2024

I'm Will Wardinsky, and I'm from Houston, Texas! This will be my second year at BYU, and outside of class I'm either working in the Social Tech. and Privacy Lab, skiing at Sundance, or you can catch me at Cupbop. I'd love to go skiing in Japan... (read more)
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Martha Harris

Martha Harris
Major: Communications
Minors: Global Women's Studies, Theatre Art Studies
Graduation: December 2021

I'm originally from Portland, OR and when I started at BYU, I was a biology major and played for the women's rugby team. I then switched my major to acting and eventually made my way over to journalism. I love reading memoirs and watching movies... Read more about Martha here.
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Sarah Fletcher

Sarah Fletcher
Major: Communications Studies
Minors: Editing, Professional Writing and Rhetoric
Graduation: June 2022

I'm California born and raised, and I try to take California sunshine with me everywhere I go. I decided that I want to be able to share that sunshine, so I started studying all things communication. Now I share it in the forms of graphic design, videography, and the written word. Read more about Sarah here.
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Anna Osguthorpe

Major: Economics
Minor: Art History
Graduation: April 2022

I love travel, both international and to our lovely national parks. I love swimming, snorkeling, and sailing at the reef near where my parents live. Anytime I can be outside, I will! (Read More)
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Alyssa Baer

Alyssa Baer
Major: Public Health
Minor: Digital Humanities and Technology
Graduation: April 2021

I grew up in Holladay, Utah and absolutely love living close to the mountains and my family. I got involved in healthcare volunteer opportunities in high school and knew I wanted to pursue a career related to health, well-being, and finding solutions to social issues. (Read More)
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Moriah Longhurst

Moriah Longhurst
Major: Chemistry
Graduation: April 2021

I am from Spokane, Washington and have four younger siblings (two of whom are also at BYU!). I love science and doing research—I have worked in a biochemistry lab on campus for the last two years and really enjoy it. I also love to read, listen to and play music (I play the viola), and spend time outside. (Read More)
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Jessica Dofelmire

Jessica Dofelmire 
Major: Political Science 
Minors: Legal Studies, Contemporary Dance 
Graduation: April 2022 

I am a lover of politics, law, sports, dance, reading, the outdoors, delicious food, and great film.

What do you do differently than most people? 
I usually read the last paragraph of a book before I read it all the way through. I know some people are disturbed by this... (Read More)
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Caleb Johnson

Caleb Johnson
Major: Computer Science
Minor: Statistics Minor - Mathematics

I am a graduating senior who is no longer sure he wants to be done with college. I am passionate about backcountry skiing and reading books, and I love to get away into the mountains. I've never been great at entries about myself, so I'll just rapid-fire personal facts: My favorite meal is biscuits and gravy; it's the most delicious invention humanity has made. I am afraid of dragonflies and their creepy beady eyes... (Read More)
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Kaitlyn Hoelzer

May 21, 2021

Kaitlyn Hoelzer
Major: English
Minors: History and Global Women's Studies

I love literature, especially contemporary American poetry. I also am very interested in feminist, gender, and sexuality studies. Outside of academic interests, I enjoy knitting, painting, playing Mario Kart and Just Dance, playing with my dog, and hanging out with my family. (Read More)
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George Garcia III

May 10, 2021

George Garcia III
Majors: Economics & Mathematics
Minors: Philosophy, Political Science, Latin American Studies
Graduation: April 2021

I am a first generation college student from Pueblo, Colorado. I am passionate about the Effective Altruism movement, which has as its maxim to do the most good possible by relying on evidence and reason to determine who to help and how to most effectively help them. I am passionate about animal advocacy and have been vegan (apart from eating eggs from free range hens) for the last 2 years. I hope to spend my life pursuing research to understand what problem areas we should prioritize and how we can most effectively go about addressing these problems. I am married to my wonderful wife Helen Barton. We have a cute little dog named Muffins. (Read More)
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Joseph Sherman

April 26, 2021

Joseph Sherman
Major: Physiology and Developmental Biology
Graduation: June 2021

I am from Mesa, Arizona and am the second of four boys in my family. We are all BYU sports fans and love to surf, ski, and play tennis together. I love the gospel and the spirit of service it brings into my life. I feel like one of the greatest ways I can serve others is by becoming a physician and am fascinated by the way the body works. Its design and capabilities are amazing to me. I've also been able to do public health work for the Department of Health and Human Services and am passionate about understanding how our environments works with our biology to frame our overall picture of health.
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