2020-2021 History Graduate

Jordan Varge Celaya

Bachelor's in History

What is your favorite thing about BYU?

I love that at BYU we can effortlessly mix religion, spirituality, and academics all throughout the learning process.

What was the best learning experience you had?

Learning about the leaders, beliefs, and history of Christianity (including the LDS Church) and the many other religions across the world has, in all honesty, changed my life. The learning that took place as I studied these topics will affect the way I view my own faith and the world for the rest of my life.

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

I am grateful for the opportunity I had to interact with people from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds, and with people driven towards widely different goals.


I enjoyed helping out with the Joseph Smith Paper's Project as part of an internship at the Church History Library. I worked with many documents ranging from legal proceedings involving Church members to accounts of Joseph Smith's first vision, all of which deepened my understanding of the history of my faith. I also very much enjoyed participating in Fiesta, a presentation of Latin American cultural dances, during which I was able to share dances from Puerto Rico.

What's next for you?

My wife and I plan on spending some time in Latin America as I prepare to apply to Law School.

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