2020-2021 Anthropology Graduate

Brooklyn Elise Bassett

Bachelor's in Anthropology: Archaeology Emphasis

What is your favorite thing about BYU?

I don't think I can narrow it down to only one thing, but one of them is the football games! Even though I don't follow football like some people do, I have always enjoyed going to football games because they are so much fun! The best part is watching Cosmo and the Cougarettes dance together. I was lucky to be able to attend the game when their first dance together went viral, and I will never forget how awesome that was!

What was the best learning experience you had?

Probably field school. I got to excavate at an archaeological site in southern Utah during Summer 2019 as part of my undergraduate degree's requirements. The hands-on experience was amazing and taught me a lot about myself and how archaeology works in the real world. It was great to literally get my hands dirty and do some real work as an archaeologist.

What/Who are you grateful for as you reflect on your college experience?

I am so grateful for Dr. Michael Searcy. I took several classes from him and worked as his teaching assistant for 2 semesters. He was a fabulous professor and employer. I consider him to be a good friend. He has helped me through hard times and lifted me when my spirits were low. I will forever be grateful for the influence he has had on my life.


I strongly recommend the Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies. The semester I spent in Jerusalem was the best I have ever had by far. I learned so much about the world, about the gospel, and about myself while I was there. I made long-lasting friendships and learned to love and appreciate peoples and cultures across the world.

What's next for you?

I will be attending a graduate program for my Master's in Library and Information Science in the fall, at the University of Alabama. I am very excited to attend! Since the program is online, I will be staying in Utah near my family and friends. I look forward to putting in the hard work that a master's program requires and turning it into a satisfying and fulfilling career.

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