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Noah Jonathan Quist

Bachelor of Science, Microbiology


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

I was born in Provo, Utah and grew up in Santaquin. I have four siblings, including three older brothers and an older sister. I have always enjoyed spending time outdoors with my friends, doing activities such as hiking, running, and fishing. I also love to read and listen to music. My favorite BYU courses include the fieldtrip-based extremophile class, Dr. Robison's Select Pathogens class, and Phage Hunters with Dr. Breakwell. While I thoroughly enjoyed my undergraduate degree in microbiology, I intend to further my education by going to law school. My hope is that I can utilize my law degree to help those who can't help themselves.

Who were your greatest supporters while earning this degree?

My family, especially my parents and my older brother (who is a lawyer), always supported me while earning this degree. Regardless of the decisions I made, they were supportive and knew that things would work out for me. I am also grateful for my friends, those that I had before coming to BYU and those I found at BYU, who made getting through college much easier.

What advice do you have for incoming freshmen at BYU?

Talk to the people around you. Talk to the students in your class, ask them what their goals and plans are for the future. Talk to your professors. Ask them for advice. And learn to make friends with everyone you meet. Life is a lot easier surrounded by friends.

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

The greatest way BYU has prepared me for the rest of my life is by teaching me the importance of hard work and hope. Hard work because I learned that I can do anything if I put effort into it, and because most valuable things in life require time and effort. And hope because no matter how hard things got in college, I always had friends and family encouraging me to move forward, that things would work out. And they did!