BGS Graduate: Annie

Annie with her family

Annie is one of our BGS graduates. Her family was her main priority throughout her BGS experience, and this is her story:

When I discontinued as a traditional student at BYU, I was leaving my position in the print journalism program behind. So when I applied to the
BGS program, I wanted my emphasis to be in writing. After a few years,
I felt that if I was going to be motivated to dedicate my time to school, it
would have to be to learn about something I was involved in every day. I
applied to switch my emphasis to Family Life, and I couldn’t be happier
that I did. I felt I was continually being given new tools to parent my four
young children with intention, and to help my marriage be strong and

There were times I would be dropping my children off to my husband on
my way to a class at the Salt Lake Center, and my daughter would beg
me to stay home. I remember thinking that if I were leaving her for almost
anything else, my heart would’ve broken and I would’ve turned the car
around and gone home. But I didn’t. Because I knew that very night I
would be given tools to become a better parent, that I would be inspired,
and that my children would benefit from what I was doing.

I have come to know that God’s plan for my life is personal and timesensitive; that what was right at one point may not be right at another. As I have committed to make Him and my family a priority, I have found that he has opened doors I could not have foreseen.

I know I will continue to learn and serve in formal and informal ways. I
know this because my experience has taught me that I can do hard things,
and that I will become better for it. I see challenge in a new light than I did
earlier in my life. I look at obstacles ahead and know that experiences that
are hard will teach me about myself and help me continue to become the
person I want to be.

Blog Home

Latest Articles

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Emily Ruben began her college journey as a freshman at BYU in the fall of 2010. But after four... read more

Monday, June 8, 2020

My mom often jokes that this one decision she made when I was 17 saved our relationship:

... read more

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Statistics 121: Principles of Statistics. How many of you cringed just reading that? A lot of... read more

Contact Us

Business Hours

Monday–Friday (except holidays)
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. mountain time
Closed Tuesdays from 10:45 a.m. to noon for the university devotional

Street Address

Harman Continuing Education Building (HCEB)
770 E University Pkwy
Provo UT 84602

Travel Directions

Program Office

Bachelor of General Studies
102 HCEB
770 E University Pkwy
Provo UT 84602