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Sunday, July 25, 2010

The "Road to BYU" story

At the request of an anonymous commenter, I'm going to tell you how I came to be in the position that I am in.

First off, let me say that I don't have to Imagine "if you had to go to a ton of different schools to get your degree." Yeah, I'm working on that one right now. During high school the plan was to attend Brigham Young University as a music major. My major choice changed from that to history to archaeology and back who knows how many times. Finally I settled on history. I was accepted to BYU while I was in high school, but something in me told me that that wasn't where I was supposed to be. So, I stayed at home and went to Salt Lake Community College for a year. Then I discovered a major that would help me a achieve a long lost dream: Equine Science and Management. I'd forever been in love with horses and read all about them and the lucky girls who grew up with them. Horses were their lives. I wanted them to be mine too. The only school in Utah to offer the major was Utah State University, which I had never considered before. So, in the months that followed I prepared, found roommates, and headed off to USU. After one semester it became apparent that Equine Science was still a dream of mine but I would not be obtaining it from a college. I couldn't handle being so closely watched by my teachers. To learn more about horses I wanted to feel at ease and know that my teachers were wanting to help me, not decide what grade I deserved. At the beginning of my second semester at USU I went to the first day of classes, and I could just feel that I needed to change my major back to History, and so I did. I left class, went home, and totally rearranged my schedule (which was not cheap). So, I proceeded from then out to be an American History major, minoring in Anthropology.

My year at Utah State seems to have flown by, and now I've been living at home for the summer. After some time it became apparent that there was no way that I would have the money I needed to move back to Utah State in the fall (2010). I also noted that I wasn't feeling as happy about USU as I previously had. It was hard for me to understand, and still is at times, because I love USU and the friends that I made there and especially my USU basketball men (I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN!). After researching and thinking, I discovered that my feelings were telling me that now was the time to go to BYU. So, I've sold my contract at USU and have switched my classes for ones that will transfer to BYU. This summer I'll be living at home, taking one more semester from USU completely online. Its going to be challenging to say the least, but I know it is right. In January I will begin classes on campus at BYU (Still majoring in American History and minoring in Anthropology).

This whole story has so many questions involved that it really is tiring to think about sometimes. Why not BYU right out of high school? Why now? Why was I supposed to go to SLCC and USU? Why did I waste all those credits on another major that won't count towards history at all? Is there something I'm supposed to be here for? There are people that I met today that convince me that there is. Who knows what will happen from here. I think I am sure in saying that at least I'm not going to transfer again until I have my BA! I sure hope not anyways. This whole thing has seemed just short of insane.

So, now you know my story. Do you have crazy school stories? Are you done with college? Was there something that prevented you from going? Are you a student now? What are you studying? What do you want to study? What do you do with your degree?

-Heidi Nicole

P.S. while on Amazon I found some totally awesome BYU things. The football one I would love to have, the others I just think are cool. Check them out!

Franklin Sports Byu Helmet / Jersey Set

B Y U Barbie Mattel Collector Doll

Trademark BYU Stained Glass 16-inch Tiffany Lamp


  1. Why do you want to dye your hair dark, are you sick of being a red head? Do you feel self conscious for having a different complexion, etc.? The pressure to change/assimilate, to date, marry?

  2. Lol Anonymous, since there is absolutely nothing about my hair on this blog you are obviously one of my FB friends. None of your possible answers are correct. I simply like how I look with dark hair. I also like how I look with red hair. The point is ITS JUST HAIR and its MINE. If I had blonde hair and wanted to dye it nobody would care. So maybe I'm a girl and I like playing with beauty products. I don't know why people seem to think that I'm depressed or don't like myself because I want to dye my hair again. See my profile picture up there on the right? I look good. I like it. That's why I want to dye it. Simply because I love beauty products and I like changing my look.

  3. Dear Heidi, I will miss you at USU, just so you know. I don't know if you know, but I started as a Horticulture major, thought about changing it to Biology (um, too much chemistry), switched to Animal Science, and will be graduating this spring in Hort. I know, silly. But I also know that there are things I learned along the way, and in some of the classes I probably wouldn't have taken otherwise, and met people I can't imagine not having met. Someday I would like to go back and get another BA in either Animal Sci. or Equine. We'll see where the road leads though. Right now, I'm trying to get my own dog training business up and running. We'll see how that goes. :P

  4. Thanks Tasha! I'll miss you too. Yeah it is interesting to see what you learn and who you meet along the way. Once I'm done with my history I actually am considering getting a degree in Cosmetology. I think I am at least going to complete the makeup artistry program so I'll be certified in that. Who knows :) I really hope your dog business goes well! That's exactly what my little sister wants to do. Maybe when you have yours going you can tell her how you did it!

  5. Nobody takes extra classes on the way to their degree on purpose because of the expense. But since that was part of the decision process on the way to where you were going, I'd count it as a gift. Knowledge is good. I'm amazed that you get as focused as you get when there is so much going on in that head of yours! :)

  6. Hmm so I'm reading your blogs and comments that you're receiving and I can't help but to wonder the same thing as the first commentor.

    Do you feel self conscious for having a different complexion, etc.? The pressure to change/assimilate, to date, marry?

    Good questions in my opinion. So if you don't mind, I'd love to read it in an entry that will focus on this. XOXO

  7. It is a good question, and I did answer it, as you will see above. You want me to make a whole post about how changing your hair color doesn't mean you don't like what you have?

  8. lol Thanks Lisa! Sometimes I'm not really as focused as I appear to be, but I try!

  9. Yes I can see you answered about hair, but maybe talk about relationships. Change it up a bit. For kicks and giggles.

  10. hmmm. . . I'll think about it. Thanks for the suggestion