2020-2021 School of Family Life Graduate

Annie Ayre

Bachelor's in Family Life: Human Development Emphasis

What is your favorite thing about BYU?

The Chick-fil-A market salad and waffle fries. Those two things were my saving grace after spending 2-3 hours in the testing center.

What was the best learning experience you had?

I learned to be confident in who I am and what I believe. I learned to be more compassionate of others who believe differently than me and to be ok living in the "gray area" at times. I learned how to find the best sources of truth both academically and spiritually! One of the best experiences was doing research with Professor Sarah Coyne and learning from her example that I can cherish both my family and my career and do both successfully.

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

I've loved the professors and BYU staff who inspired me to be a better person, helped me achieve hard goals, think for myself and love others. Some of these people include Larry Nelson, Dixie Sevison, Stephanie Lutz, Tayna Rutherford, Julie Haupt, George Handley, Sarah Coyne, Adam Rogers, and Masen Williamson. Also been so blessed to meet incredible friends who have made me a better person. There's too many to list but I adore them and they'll be a part of my life always!


Doing research with Professor Coyne, learning from her, and having our study published was really exciting. Being the vice president of the Earth Stewardship Club was so great and holding a booth to educate about plastic bags was such a great experience. Working closely with Deb Hema as her teacher's assistant taught me that teaching at a university (in the future) would be amazing.

What's next for you?

A coordinated masters program in dietetics! I'll be starting this fall. Very VERY excited about it.

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