2020-2021 Anthropology Graduate

Karly Anne Baker

Bachelor's in Anthropology: Archaeology Emphasis

What is your favorite thing about BYU?

BYU has been an incredible experience. I have loved the exercise classes, and the classes that taught me completely new things, like cooking, social innovation, positive psychology, and marriage prep. I have analyzed real-life mummy wrappings with Dr. Muhlestein, and have studied Greek, Roman, and Islamic archaeology with Dr. Finlayson. I have gained such an appreciation for humanity and cultures, living and ancient.

What was the best learning experience you had?

I absolutely loved traveling to London for my study abroad. I learned so much about the world, about British history, and about myself, when I already thought I knew everything. I learned that the Phantom of the Opera gives me goosebumps, I learned that I love to have a camera in my hand, I learned that traveling makes me feel the most alive, I learned that I am amazing at flying by the seat of my pants, and I learned that there's always more about myself that I can learn.

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

A ginormous thanks to my mom, who has been by my side and been my best friend my entire life, and my to my family, who have made me who I am today. I am also grateful for my husband, he is the best graduation present I could have gotten! I am also thankful for my mentor throughout my college experience, Dr. Cynthia Finlayson. She has challenged me, believed in me, advocated for me, and helped me have amazing opportunities. I owe a lot of the success I have had in college to her.


London Centre Study Abroad 2018 Caherconnell Field School 2019 Social Innovation Projects Internship 2020 Hopefully Petra Field School 2022 (?)

What's next for you?

I am hoping to become a hearing aid specialist to help others like me who struggle with hearing loss. I also hope to intern with a nonprofit organization, and contribute my strengths and talents to the world in ways that helps solve social problems, especially the lack of education and resources in Africa for children. I am so excited to keep learning on my life's journey, and to keep having life-changing experiences.

Academic Honors that I am graduating with:

Ballard Scholar Award

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