George H. Brimhall Memorial Essay Contest: Courage in the Face of Convention

This essay won a $500 Honorable Mention in the Brimhall Memorial Essay contest at BYU this year. I’ll be writing a post about the process in the future.  “I’m going to drop out of BYU.” As the words came out of my mouth, I could hardly believe them. I had been ranked #2 at my high school graduation and I was attending BYU with a full-tuition scholarship from a prestigious organization. I had also recently[…]

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Stone Face

Last summer Mr. C and I took a sculpture class at BYU. Among other things, we got to spend a significant amount of time on stone carving, specifically in alabaster. While introducing the project, the professor said, “And don’t do a face. You don’t want to do a face. None of you [non-art majors on their first try] will get it right.” So what did I decide to do? A face. Of course. I spent[…]

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A Kitchen Table

I entered TEE 200 “Prototyping with Wood” expecting to learn my way around a power tool or two and walk out with a handful of kitschy wooden objects. But on day one, when it was announced that the final project was building a major piece of furniture (optionally of our own design), I knew that I had found my favorite class for the semester. Nothing screams exciting and fun to me like “optionally of your[…]

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