What BYU Faculty Wish Their Students Understood About Getting an Education
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The Big Q: Elevating Higher Ed

Members of the BYU community weigh in on a question of the day.

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“Getting an education is not just about grades. As an undergrad, I avoided difficult classes to keep my GPA up but later regretted missed opportunities for learning. I wish I had cared more about what I could learn and how I could grow than how a tough class would affect my grades.”

—Tara L. Carpenter, assistant teaching professor of art

“Getting an education is not a matter of doing the minimum and expecting a top grade. Getting an education means you learn things you may not see the value in yet. I think a person can only see the value of their education many years after obtaining it.”

—Tamara Mitchell Masters, assistant professor of marketing and global supply chain

“It’s not about you! Your education is a means to a future of service to your family and community, developing your God-given gifts and talents to contribute to the world around you.”

—Christopher J. Crippen (BS ’99), director of the Center for Service and Learning

“The purpose of an education is not to stuff a set of facts into your brain; it is to learn how to learn. Recruiters are not looking for people who can regurgitate information; they are looking for people who can take on new problems, determine alternatives to solve a problem, then figure out the best alternative for this particular problem in this particular situation.”

—Hal B. Heaton (BS ’75, MBA ’77), professor of finance

“Life is long; your time for dedicated study is short. Use it wisely and intensely. All too soon, you will yearn for these days again.”

—Darren G. Hawkins, professor of political science