2020-2021 Anthropology Graduate


Jacob Paul Jepsen

Master's in Anthropology

What is your favorite thing about BYU?

My favorite thing at BYU is the collective eagerness to learn and absorb all the information you can. I always felt comfortable in the fact that every student was passionate about learning something, and they would give it their all. This really kept me motivated to really make every second at BYU count.

What was the best learning experience you had?

I have had incredible learning experiences while at BYU. These experiences always involved being in the field with fellow archaeologists and conducting excavations in hopes to find answers to the questions ancient inhabitants left behind. The fieldwork really solidifies the passion one has for the study of archaeology and past cultures.

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

First and foremost, I am grateful for my wife and her unconditional support as I pursued my dreams. Second, I am grateful to the BYU Anthropology faculty for bestowing me with their knowledge and offering so many opportunities for hands-on learning.

Activities

BYU Shallit Grant Award MaryLou Fulton Award Charles Redd Center Award 2018 Coal Bed Field School 2019 Coal Bed Field School 2019 Wolf Mound Excavation Assistant Field Director 2020 Snow Farm Rescue Project Assistant Field Director Member of the BYU Anthropology Club Member of the BYU Mountain Biking Club

What's next for you?

My wife and I will be expecting a baby girl this coming may, and we couldn't be more excited. After she is born, I will be moving on to accept a full-time job as an archaeologist with the hope of eventually going on to receive a doctorate degree in archaeology and eventually teach at a collegiate level. I am both incredibly nervous and excited for what the future has in store for me. The only thing I can do now is deciding what to do with the time that is given to me.

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