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Emma Wheeler Volz

Emma Wheeler Volz
Major: Media Arts
Minor: Business
Graduation: August 2023
Instagram: @memsvolz

I am an aspiring documentary filmmaker, avid tennis player, and rock n' roll lover.

What’s the best-kept secret at BYU? Why?

Definitely the cactus cooler pops in the vending machines.

What is something you wish everyone knew about your major/field of study?

When you choose to study film, you choose to study everything. While film is a very technical art form, it also holds the potential to encapsulate any subject, any language, any story, or any abstraction. With film, expressive possibilities are endless. Read more about Emma here.
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Andrew Issa Rosenbalm

Andrew Issa Rosenbalm
Major: Media Arts
Gradation: April 2028
Instagram: @andrewrosenbalm

What is your favorite quote and why?

“You were born an original. Don’t die a copy.” - John Landis Mason

I’m fascinated by the concept of us being our most genuine selves when we’re young. Then, as we got older, we conform more and more to society’s norms, often to a point of losing our individuality. But those characteristics that make us different are the very things that give color to our world and our lives. Read more about Andrew here.
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Megan Houston

Megan Houston
Major: Communication Disorders
Graduation: April 2025

Why did you decide to join the Honors Program?

I decided to Join the Honors Program because I want to be involved with research during my undergraduate education and writing a thesis sounds terrifying yet so rewarding. I also love to be a part of the Honors community. Being in the Honors program has already blessed me with research opportunities I would not have without it. I love the growth that I am experiencing in this program! Read more about Megan here.
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Jonathan Dickson

Jonathan Dickson
Major: Strategic Management
Minors: Statistics & Philosophy
Graduation: Spring 2025
LinkedIn: jmdickson

I really enjoy organizing and solving abstract problems. I find it fascinating to deconstruct a complicated situation into its component parts and arrange those into an actionable solution. This interest applies directly to my interest in business, and I hope to have a career in consulting. Read more about Jonathan Dickson here.
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Ekta Khoteja

Ekta Khoteja
Major: Statistics
Graduation: December 2025

Other than my one-sided love for math and statistics, I have an unquenchable thirst for true crime. Find me listening to true crime podcasts anytime I have my headphones on. I aim to be a data scientist in the field of criminology or forensics. Coming from the culturally diverse country of Nepal naturally made me curious about the world, so I love trying new experiences. Read more about Ekta here.
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Amelia Scott

Amelia Scott
Major: English
Minor: Spanish
Graduation: April 2024
Instagram: @hydecastle.raven

I love love LOVE writing. If I have a spare minute, you can find me on my laptop jotting down ideas. Telling stories has always been a hobby of mine, and I'm working on several novels to eventually publish.

What’s one item on your bucket list?

I want to travel to Antarctica. Read more about Amelia here.
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Ethan Hardy

Ethan Hardy
Major: Music
Graduation: April 2026

I'm a sophomore, and I'm from Heber City Utah. I'm passionate about learning, teaching, music, riding my motorcycle, and doing exciting things outdoor.

What are three things that can always be found in your pantry/refrigerator?

Chicken nuggets (perfect fuel &quite healthy), Hummus (may be a phase I’m in but it’s lasted close to a year now I eat hummus most everyday) and Sourdough Bread. Read more about Ethan here.
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Melissa Mains

Melissa Mains
Major: Business
Graduation: 2026
Instagram: @meimains

What has been the most significant plot twist in your life?

Learning that I love to fly! For the last 6 years I have always said that I was going to be a pharmacist but then I got up in the air and I knew that flying was what I was going to do! As of now I'm working to build up flight hours to get my private pilot's license. Read more about Melissa here. Read more about Melissa Mains here.
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Aaron Gorner

Aaron Gorner
Major: Comparative Literature
Minor: Ancient Near Eastern Studies & French
Graduation: December 2024
Instagram: @aaron_gorner

I love the humanity and relevance in literature and the equalizing influence of accessible libraries. I'm passionate about finding wells to draw from and beautifying the mind of mankind. It seems that literature is the most unifying influence... Read more about Aaron here.
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Naomi Julian

Naomi Julian
Major: Sociology
Minor: Global and Community Impact
Graduation: Fall 2024
Instagram: @naomijules

An INFJ and an expert at overcommitting, I am passionate about everything and anything to do with empowerment and advocacy. As part of the BYU Filipino, Antiracism, and Women of Color clubs, I'm constantly immersed in what we can do to help others courageously belong in a space that may have originally ostracized them. Having been in this position before, it gives me no greater joy than to see others finally find a community of understanding. Read more about Naomi here.
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Wyatt Nillson

Wyatt Nillson
Major: Computer Science: Data Science Emphasis
Graduation Date: Spring 2024
Instagram: None

I'm a huge nerd and I love all things computers. I enjoy programming for classes as well as for fun. I like playing video games as well as learning!

Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your freshman self?

Grades are important, but if you're sacrificing learning for them, you have lost the entire point of your education. Read more about Wyatt here.
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Emma Fox

Emma Fox
Major: English
Minors: German and Global Woman Studies
Graduation: April 2024
Instagram: @8fawkes

I’m from beautiful Provo, Utah and am the oldest of six kids. I’m a passionate BYU sports fan; you can find me at any home football or basketball game cheering as loud as I can. If I’m not there, I’m probably hiking in the mountains with my dog, hanging out with my friends and debating the merits of our favorite fictional characters and Taylor Swift songs,... Read more about Emma here.
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Robert Flores

Robert Flores
Major: Neuroscience
Minors: Hebrew and Chemistry
Graduation: 2025
Instagram: @r_flores12

There isn't too much to know about me. I began playing soccer when I was five and have been playing ever since! I am pre-med and love joining clubs, being a part of research projects on campus, and doing activities where I can be around people. Read more about Robert here.
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Katie Bellows

Katie Bellows
Major: Music
Graduation Date: 2025
Instagram: @foompaloomp

Hello! I'm Katie the Eco Lady, or that's my superhero name anyway. I'm one-third of a set of triplets from the cornfields of Iowa, and I am about to enter my sophomore year. I'm a lifelong violinist and love to write orchestra and piano music. Read more about Katie here.
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Bryce Turner

Bryce Turner
Major: Music Performance
Minor: Entrepreneurship
Graduation: April 2026

I hail from Fort Mill, South Carolina, although I was born in Virginia. I am the oldest child in my family, and I have 3 younger siblings. I am a HUGE marching band and drum corps nerd, and I've played piano for practically my entire life. I love solving Sudoku puzzles, arranging music in Musescore (my sheet music notation software), and reading books. I am currently majoring in Music Performance with an emphasis on piano. I plan on obtaining a master’s degree in the same area of study, followed by a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (DMA). Read more about Bryce here.
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Annabella Blowers

Annabella Blowers
Major: English
Minor: Political Science
Graduation Date: April 2025
Instagram: @annabella_blowers

I am going to be a sophomore this fall majoring in English with the hopes of becoming a lawyer. I am the youngest of three and a very proud member of a military family, so I moved around my whole life, but I call Arizona my home. With that being said, I thrive in the sun and love to do anything outdoors, but playing cards, watching movies, shopping, and reading are some of my favorite pastimes. I’m also super competitive and love to win, so whether it’s sports or board games or anything in between, I’m so going for gold. Read more about Annabella here.
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Caleb Alton

Caleb Alton
Major: Accounting
Graduation Date: April 2023

I am a man like any other with no small skill or talent: I am good at some things, and even better at other things. I've learned that there are some things I can tolerate, and other things I find to be unbearable. I've felt love, regret, peace, sadness, discomfort, stress, and gratitude during my time at BYU. I was born with a good heart, which has at times confused me into thinking I was a strong, enduring disciple of Christ. But alas, all things and peoples can work toward a common good. Read more here.
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Cody Arvonen

Cody Arvonen
Major: Computer Engineering
Minors: Entrepreneurship, Mathematics, and Computer Science
Graduation: December 2023
Instagram: @codyarvonen

I am from Chico, California, and a junior here at BYU. Some of my passions and hobbies are running, playing soccer, hiking, and traveling with my wife Annelin.

What's one item on your bucket list? 

One item on my bucket list is that I want to run a marathon! I have been a runner ever since high school, and I love the physical and mental strength that running has given me. I ran my first half-marathon two summers ago... Click here to read more.
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