2019-2020 Social Work Graduate


Samantha Woods Escamilla

Master's in Social Work

What is your favorite thing about BYU?

Graham Canyon ice cream, international cinema, the amazing professors, my MSW cohort, campus in the spring, chocolate covered cinnamon bears, being able to talk about the gospel in any class

Who would you like to say thanks to?

So many people! My husband Alec and son Theo especially for all the sacrifices they’ve made to support me in this. My parents and siblings for helping me to keep going and reminding me I am good enough. My MSW cohort for going through it all with me, the good, bad, and downright soul-crushing. All of my wonderful in-laws and extended family for giving me those bursts of extra love I needed. And my Savior Jesus Christ, who truly walked this path with me, even when I felt alone.

What are your plans for after BYU?

We are moving for my husband’s job, so I am going to take some time to get settled in our new home and “just” be a mom for a little bit, then explore social work opportunities particularly related to macro/policy work.

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