Yesterday, I opened up my alumni magazine from Southern Utah University, and I found myself inside. I had completed an interview months ago, but I was unsure of when it would be printed. It was surreal seeing my face along with other alumni members who I look up to. I am honored to have been chosen as one of their alumni spotlights.

SUU is the place where I changed from being a child to an adult. I went to college when I was 17, and I immediately learned a lot of life lessons that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I got married, started having my family, and finished two degrees while attending SUU. I got my bachelor’s degree in Communications emphasizing in Public Relations and Advertising, and my Masters degree in Interpersonal and Corporate Communications. Looking back at those times makes me smile. I am grateful for those experiences.

I thank SUU for:
*Believing in me by choosing me as one of their Ambassadors. This was a turning point in my life. I believe that being able to associate with amazing people helped influence me to be a confident person.
*Lessons learned about myself.
*Having amazing professors who genuinely cared for my success. I graduated in the Communication department and overall my experience was great.
*My marriage to Dan. I met him at SUU. It was a fairy tale, and I’m grateful daily for him.
*Teaching me to be a leader.
*Introducing me to a huge chunk of my friends who I still associate with now
*Helping me find the “good” friends who build you up instead of tear you down.
*Teaching me that it is possible to do hard things.
*Helping me realize that my family is my foundation and an amazing support system
*Lessons on money
*Coaching on being dependable and trustworthy
*An overall amazing education experience
*Teaching me that procrastination is not good
*Demonstrating that a lot can be accomplished on a little sleep :)
*Training me to set goals and not relinquish until they are accomplished

SUU is located in Cedar City, Utah, and I grew up in a small town in Central Utah. I look back at those first few weeks after moving out of the house. What a huge eye opener! I had to learn a lot about being self sufficient, and I immediately began classes that were HARD! It was a shock for a little small-town girl, but it taught me to hunker down and get things done.

THANK YOU SUU for influencing me and helping to mold me into who I am today!


  1. The Yoder's Four says

    Procrastination isn't good?!?? Haha….Seriously though–you are one accomplished young lady. I'm glad that we got to meet and be friends while going to SUU. That school was a joyful experience for me.

  2. Sharps says

    BROOKE! We saw this the other day and thought it was so sweet! As you know I also share a DEEP LOVE for Southern Utah and SUU especially! Part of that is because I had so much fun with you as my roomie!!!

  3. says

    I think it's great you went to SUU! I received my associates degree from there. I wish I could have stayed down there to finish my bachelors but my mom got sick so I transferred up to the U and finished there. SUU is such a great school! I loooved all of the time I got to spend there!!

  4. Dana Marchant says

    Go T-Birds!

    How grateful am I that we became friends at SUU….and laughed around the Hosting Center dining room table for hours with Presidential Ambassador work.

    Love SUU.

  5. Dana Marchant says

    Go T-Birds!

    How grateful am I that we became friends at SUU….and laughed around the Hosting Center dining room table for hours with Presidential Ambassador work.

    Love SUU.

  6. Harmony says

    Woo! Go T-birds! haha– Interpersonal Comm. grad '01 here and now I'm searching my brain to remember if we ever had any classes together. In any case, I just loved SUU. It isn't the "fanciest" school around, but it was so easy to feel involved in and I just love Southern Utah! Anyway, I really enjoy your blog– Keep up all the awesome work!!

  7. says

    #89-Grand Central Station-DAMNDANMAN-Brooke….Shook, what?-Mexico Living Room-PA's-doormats-nails-good times…. the memories just keep coming! What an experience… GO SUU!
    Oh my gosh, remember Liz's orange rug? I forgot about that!!! too funny!
    Loved seeing you in the magazine! Keep up the good work!
    Love ya!

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