Grateful for the Past!

Oct 2nd, 2010

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. 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. 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. Congratulations! I love your site…Great work!

  5. Tori and Chad says:

    Normally I don't comment on "famous" blogs, but this is a super sweet post. Congratulations.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!!

  9. I opened up that magaazine and saw your face too!! Its a great picture of you!! Keep it up

  10. That was awesome to see you in the alumni magazine. You are a HUGE success. I too thank SUU for similar experiences as you have expressed in this post. Good luck with the entry way :)

  11. #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!

  12. Oh yeah… and I can't forget EVERY YEAR AT THIS TIME…. the scare crow! Oops… how will we redeem ourselves? Maybe you need to re-purpose one for old time's sake! :)

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