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Sarah Janette Ricks

Bachelor of Science, Molecular Biology


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

I am from Idaho. I enjoy playing the cello, knitting hats, baking, and cross-country skiing. My favorite courses at BYU included: Cell Biology, Genetics, Intro to Medical Ethics, Foundations of the Restoration, University String Orchestra, and Art History & World Civilizations (in Rome).

Who were your greatest supporters while earning this degree?

My family has definitely been my greatest support. I would especially like to recognize my parents, Annette and Neal, my brother, Samuel, and my grandparents, Brent and Marybeth Jones, and Philip and Karla Ricks. I have also had many wonderful professors and mentors during my time at BYU. I would like to recognize Dr. Jonathon Hill (BYU), Dr. Roy Morello (UAMS), and Milena Dimori, D.V.M. (UAMS).

What advice do you have for incoming freshmen at BYU?

I would recommend getting involved in internships early. These opportunities will help you determine if the path you are pursuing fits with your goals and aspirations. They will also help you refine and progress toward these ambitions.

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

My experience at BYU has given me an excellent scientific foundation that I will continue to build on in graduate school. As a BYU student, I have also had the unique opportunity to study spiritual truth in addition to the scientific method. This has significantly enriched my education and will be a source of deeper understanding throughout my life. I have also learned lessons in perseverance, perspective, and facing uncertainty. These lessons have equipped me to face the future with confidence.