2020-2021 School of Family Life Graduate

Mariam Azimi-Tabrizi

Bachelor's in Family Life: Family Studies Emphasis

What is your favorite thing about BYU?

How campus turns into a church on Sundays

What was the best learning experience you had?

My first semester working as a TA, I noticed that my payrate was lower than what was initially promised and I handled the situation poorly. Rather than responding harshly, my professor chose to take the time to discuss how I confronted the situation and what I could do differently in the future. The love that he had for me was evident as we talked and I knew that he was invested in my learning. This experience taught me how important it is to handle difficult situations with care and love.

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

I am immensely grateful for Dr. Erickson, whom I now work as a TA for. She has been a dear mentor of mine in educational and personal matters. I have also been blessed to learn about important topics such as racial discrimination and systemic racism from Dr. Jacob Rugh and am grateful for the energy that he puts into teaching. Above all, I am grateful for the space that BYU has given me to develop and deepen a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.


Nonprofit Student Society, Church callings, BYU half-scholarship, Service opportunities through Y-serve (Habitat for Humanity, Community Action Services Food Bank, Cove Point Retirement Center)

What's next for you?

Law school. Like with any new experience, I'm really nervous. Sometimes I worry that I won't be good enough or that other people will be better at it, but I've learned that I don't have to be the best, I just need to do my best. While I don't quite know where I will be going, I plan on finishing my internship and getting a job here in Provo for the summer before I start my legal education next fall.

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