At Education in Zion, part of my job as a gallery educator is to share with freshmen and other incoming students the unique education they are about to receive as they embark upon their studies at BYU.
Bumping shoulders, pushing through crowds, swiping credit cards, and spending a fortune—that sums up my morning at the Bookstore. I’m sure you can imagine the horror on my face when my cheapest book, which I expected to be a three-dollar packet, was really a $30 packet. Pocketing my credit card to protect it from further abuse, I made my way in frenzy towards the exit, but was thwarted in my efforts by hordes of students.
My backpack sunk into my shoulders. Frustration clouded my mind. Struggling to keep calm, I made my way towards the library to study—an idea I gave up as soon as I saw the line to enter the doors. I diverted my course towards the JFSB. If I couldn’t study, I’d go to work early. Read more
General Education classes can be very difficult to take, especially when it’s Bio 100 at 8am every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I’m a Theater Major. I’m not good at biology. Not to say that all theater students suffer from a lack of scientific synapses, but my brain wasn’t wired to understand it. I only passed high school biology because my teacher gave extra credit if we brought into class an animal to dissect. My mother found a dead raccoon. I took it to school in a garbage bag. So when my 8am Bio 100 class loomed ahead of me, I looked forward to it with some apprehension.
At the beginning of the semester I was determined to succeed in the class. I woke up every day at 6am, got to class by 7:55am and took the seat with the best view of the screen. I started to get excited about biology. But after the first two tests, I felt miserable. I’d failed them despite my best efforts. My excitement turned to cynicism. I slept in until seven and wouldn’t arrive to class until it was halfway over.
Then one day I was assigned to give a tour here at Education in Zion. Read more
Two sweeping murals grace the walls of Education in Zion. On the south wall rises a mural entitled, The Temple, a Holy School, and directly facing it on the north end is a mural entitled, The School, a Temple of Learning. The south one depicts the first LDS temple in Kirtland, Ohio, while the other highlights the Brigham Young Academy Building and the Karl G. Maeser Building (the first structure on BYU’s present-day campus).
When seen together, these two murals of the temple and the school encapsulate the purpose of learning for Church members. For Latter-day Saints, learning is a holy and eternal endeavor. Read more