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Moroni A Ayala

Bachelor of Science, Microbiology


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

I'm Filipino and I'm from West Orange, New Jersey. I love playing soccer, exercising, being outdoors, listening to music, and hanging out with friends. My favorite BYU courses include Biochemistry, Virology, and Immunology! The goal right now is to involve myself in healthcare.

Who were your greatest supporters while earning this degree?

My greatest supporters while earning this degree were my parents, family, friends, and of course, my professors. My supporters have been there for me throughout my entire undergraduate journey as I struggled and succeeded. The Microbiology Department has supported me greatly as well with different scholarships I was granted, I wanted to thank them for that. I'm so grateful for all of these people because without them I wouldn't be where I am today!

What advice do you have for incoming freshmen at BYU?

The biggest advice I have for incoming freshmen at BYU is to enjoy your time at BYU. When you worry about grades 24/7, you don't have as much fun. College is supposed to be challenging, but fun! In the end, everything works out, so don't worry so much about a bad grade you got. A grade doesn't define you!

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

My experience at BYU prepared me for the rest of my life by teaching me how to overcome challenges. I experienced so many challenging obstacles during my undergrad, but I was able to overcome all of them with positivity and great support. The obstacles I experienced at BYU have prepared me and made me confident to deal with the challenges of life that I will face in the future.