Name: Sophie Cranney
Graduation: April 2025
Hi! My name is Sophie Cranney and I'm from a teeny town in Northern Michigan called Harbor Springs. Before coming to BYU, I studied at the University of Michigan. I was baptized into the LDS church in October of 2021 and applied to BYU directly after. I came here in the fall of 2022, and it has been the greatest adventure of my life so far. I am extremely passionate about my studies in psychology and am so excited to see how my career will grow over my next two years here. I am also passionate about exercise. I love running and am currently training for a 10-mile race in July. I also love using my TikTok platform to spread invisible illnesses like my own (I got diagnosed with a condition known as POTS about two years ago!) Some of my other hobbies include dancing, singing, playing ukulele, reading, painting, and archery!
What are people often surprised to learn about you?
I have over one hundred thousand followers on TikTok.
Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your freshman self?
I would tell myself to have some fun. Your homework will be there tomorrow. If you have the opportunity to go do something fun or meet new people, take it. In 50 years, you won't remember the assignments you had due on a random Friday night during your Freshman year in college. You will remember the connections and memories that you made.
All modesty aside, what are you better at than 90% of people?
I would like to think that I'm better at archery than most people. I picked up my first bow when I was three and have been perfecting my skills ever since.
What is something you can never be found without?
My service dog, Cinder.
Why did you decide to join the Honors Program?
I met with an Honors coordinator shortly after I received a letter in the mail promoting the Honors Program. Full transparency, as soon as I heard that the Honors Program was hosting a murder mystery, I was sold. I enrolled in my Honors classes that day, and now, here we are. It is definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made, though, and I am so happy that I decided to join.
What has been your favorite Honors experience?
I think it's safe to say that the Honors murder mystery event met all of my expectations and is one of the most fun experiences I've had on campus thus far. Aside from that, though, I have really enjoyed getting to meet new friends through the classes and events the Honors Program has to offer.
What is your next step in Honors?
Over the spring and summer, I am planning on working on my leadership practicum. After that, I will have one more Unexpected Connections course to take in the fall, and then I am off to working on my thesis proposal and defense. I haven't entirely figured out what I want to do for my thesis, but I have some ideas tucked away and I am so excited to see what comes from this experience.