2020-2021 History Graduate


Samantha Rose Beck

Bachelor's in History

What is your favorite thing about BYU?

I loved feeling part of a community at BYU. When I think back on the times I felt the most connected to the people around me, it would have to be the FHSS TA table, bonding with the other TAs as we encouraged and helped each other through midterms and final paper seasons, and being squished on the campus shuttles like sardines because nothing makes you understand the essence of a shared human experience like having to literally hold up the strangers around you.

What was the best learning experience you had?

The best opportunity for me was being able to attend study abroad through BYU. I went to the London Centre for one semester and through the Baltic States for a spring term. It took my understanding of history as it affected real people to another level and I came to better appreciate the things that get brushed over in the general history books. It is one thing to see a powerpoint on war atrocities, but it is another to be in the place and speak to the people most affected.

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

I am grateful for all of the professors who taught me during my time at BYU and truly made every class an enjoyable and impactful experience. I am also grateful for my family supporting me while being all the way back in Ohio, and the friends here in Utah who became my "Utah family."

Activities

London Centre Study Abroad (Fall 2018), Central Europe and the Baltics Study Abroad (Spring 2019), Church History Department Internship (Winter 2020)

What's next for you?

I started a full time internship with FamilySearch when I graduated in December and will be continuing in that experience for the rest of the year. I am moving back to Ohio where I will finish up this internship and decide the next steps for myself and where I want to go. After 2020, my motto going forward is to take everything just one step at a time and you will end up where you need to be.

Academic Honors that I am graduating with:

Cum Laude

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