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.

Activities

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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