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Emily Leeanne Cluff

Bachelor of Science, Microbiology


Briefly tell us about yourself (e.g. hometown, family, hobbies, favorite BYU courses, intended profession)

I lived in Seattle until I was 11, when we moved to Nauvoo, Illinois. I graduated high school in Guatemala City and loved the international experience, and continued to seek that after coming to BYU. Through study abroads and internships, I have been to 27 countries. Nepal is my favorite place because of the relaxed, mountain village vibes everywhere you go! I love rock climbing, skiing, hiking, camping, writing, and movie/game nights with my family. I loved taking an intro to culinary arts class at BYU, and have especially loved my virology, immunology, and phage hunters classes.

Who were your greatest supporters while earning this degree?

Mom and Dad, Angie, Sarah, Abbie, Becca, Chris, Zach, and Will have been incredible in their individual and unique roles in my life.

What advice do you have for incoming freshmen at BYU?

Earning a degree consists of a lot more than passing classes. It’s about developing as a person, connecting with others and forming solid relationships that last a lifetime, and finding your passions.

How has your experience at BYU prepared you for the rest of your life?

I have learned so much academically, but more importantly I have learned so much emotionally and spiritually. I have learned to work so hard and be so proud of my work when I do my best, how to keep going when the going gets rough, how to look outside myself, and how to find joy in the journey.