2020-2021 FHSS Graduate

Rachel Jean Andelin

Master's in Social Work

What is your favorite thing about BYU?

The wonderful people who attend and teach here! I have been so privileged to make many incredible connections with students and staff and continue to be astounded by the caliber of humans attending here. The individuals I have met here are full of faith and anxious to serve and improve our world. They love learning and tackle challenges. I hope that some of their qualities have rubbed off on me during my time here and I hope to stay in touch with them over the years!

What was the best learning experience you had?

I had the incredible privilege of interning at Family Services as a mental health counselor, where I applied the skills learned in classes and receive training from seasoned therapists of faith. I learned more about the suffering that others experience, and I had distinct experiences where Jesus Christ gave me the words and skills to facilitate healing. I can attest to the willingness and desire that Christ has to bind up wounds and heal the broken-hearted, and I am honored to be used by Him.

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

My parents and siblings, for their support and encouragement. My fabulous roommates and friends, who kept me sane by hanging out with me and letting me vent. My cohort members, who are some of the best quality humans I have ever met. My faculty members, who inspire me with their respect for human dignity, compassionate service and commitment to embodying Christlike love. My financial supporters, both known and anonymous, for their belief in my potential and their sacrifices to support me.


Americorps/ UServeUtah Program (Education Award and Internship), Family Services of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Internship), Comprehensive Clinic (Practicum), Hinckley Internship Grant, Gibbons Endowment Fund, John S. Staley Memorial, Social Work (Scholarships) "Physical Health Literacy of Student-Athletes" (Publication in the "Health and Social Care in the Community" academic journal) A Voice For Good Choir, BYU Clogging, Teaching at MTC (extracurriculars)

What's next for you?

This summer, I get to serve as a Nauvoo Young Performing Missionary!! I am SOOOO STOKED! After my mission, I plan on working part-time as a mental health counselor and working to create social and systemic change in foster care systems, community government, homeless shelters and engaging in international welfare work. I also will be spending more time working on composing and releasing original music.

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