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Valerie Massaglia

Bachelor of Science, Medical Laboratory Science


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

I am from Orem UT, and the oldest of five kids in my family. I have been married to my husband Andrew for almost a year, and we have two cute kitties. I love to spend my free time creating things, and my hobbies include things like crochet, nail art, sewing, and playing the cello, as well as reading and playing games with my family. I enjoyed most of my BYU courses, from elective classes like Ceramics and University Orchestra to science classes like Infection and Immunity, Medical Microbiology, and all the other MLS courses. While I haven't accepted a job quite yet, I intend to work in a nearby hospital lab as a MLS Generalist.

Who were your greatest supporters while earning this degree?

My husband, my family, and all the MLS faculty.

What advice do you have for incoming freshmen at BYU?

Getting to study at BYU is a special opportunity--take advantage of your time here. Take a variety of classes, get to know the faculty, and make friends and study groups. Make sure to take time for your physical, mental, and spiritual health, because school will be much more enjoyable if you do.

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

My BYU experience has prepared me for life by introducing me to my husband and teaching me so much about how to better care for myself and others, as well as preparing me for a career in a field that I love.