Elena Michelle Molina
Bachelor of Science, Medical Laboratory Science
Briefly tell us about yourself (e.g. hometown, family, hobbies, favorite BYU courses, intended profession)
I was born and raised in San Pedro Sula, Honduras in a loving family of five. One of my greatest passions has always been dancing. Anything from latin, to ballet and tap, I love it all! I also enjoy music, playing the guitar, painting, and the outdoors. Both of my siblings attended BYU, and I followed their footsteps into this journey. Here I discovered yet another passion: science. My major, Medical Laboratory Science, has opened the doors to an exciting world of learning. My favorite BYU courses have been microbiology and Christ and the Everlasting Gospel. Together, BYU's focus on intellectual and spiritual learning have made me admire and love my Heavenly Father even more.
Who were your greatest supporters while earning this degree?
My greatest supporters were definitely my parents and siblings. Their love, examples, and words of encouragement made all the difference. I also owe much to the amazing faculty I had the privilege of learning from here at BYU, especially in the MLS program.
What advice do you have for incoming freshmen at BYU?
Make time to get involved! The BYU experience is so much more than studying. Try out for the club, team, research lab, or whatever it is you want to be a part of. Be an opportunity seeker and start now! Also, enjoy those religion classes and devotionals. The best thing about BYU is that you can grow in all aspects at the same time! So take advantage of everything it has to offer!
How has your experience at BYU prepared you for the rest of your life?
There are truly no words to describe the impact that coming to BYU has had in my life. Because of my years at this university, I have become more committed to my Savior and His Church. I have developed a relationship with Him and have learned to see Him in all things. I have learned how to fail and how to stand up from those failures. I have learned to cherish the small and big victories. I have learned how to learn and why we learn. I have increased my desire to achieve my potential and to help others achieve theirs. I now know more about the human body and the medical world, and I am certainly more prepared to be a part of that field, but I also know more about myself. I discovered my own strengths and weaknesses. I met incredible people that I can look up to and rely on. I know what needs to be prioritized and what can wait. BYU has taught me the measure of my creation, and that understanding alone is enough motivation for a lifetime of growth and service.