I’m twenty-four years old, and I come from Phoenix, Arizona. As a Classics major with an Anthropology minor, I spend most of my time researching Greek and Latin language, literature, and history, and attempting to address questions of gender roles, class divisions, and ideals of excellence and virtue as they relate to Classical Antiquity.
As an active member of Eta Sigma Phi, the Classics Honors Society, I love to volunteer as a Greek and Latin language tutor and participate in events to help show the rest of campus the value the Classics. I’ve been very lucky to have worked with some of the best professors BYU has to offer, and their advice and guidance has helped me make the most of the amazing opportunities available at our wonderful school.
In my free time, I enjoy taking walks and hikes, going to the movies, and reading books of all types and genres.
Sondra Charbadze is a junior studying philosophy at BYU. She is currently working as a TA for two philosophy classes and writing an entertaining book of Western philosophy with a BYU professor. She plans to get a PhD in philosophy and then convince BYU to hire her as a professor. In her spare time, she loves writing poetry, doing artsy things, and frolicking through foreign countries.
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My name is Lee Essig. I am a Human Development major and my involvement with the Wheatley Institution has been primarily with its family initiative. Human and family dynamics fascinate me. I am particularly interested in Men and Masculinities research. Most of my research has related to men’s mental and emotional health and how men’s emotional stability effect their marriages and families. I also investigate how men’s conceptualization of masculinity effects them for good or for bad. I’m currently studying the effects of different media genres on men’s adherence to hegemonic masculine characteristics such as aggression and hyper-sexuality. Over the last three years I’ve been heavily involved in addiction research and education. I’ve worked with organizations including Fight the New Drug, The Elizabeth Smart Foundation, and Operation Underground Railroad. Over the last year, I’ve dedicated a significant amount of time to presenting on addiction, educating over 3,000 individuals on the development, experience, and recovery from addiction.
Nathan Leonhardt is the oldest of six children and hails from Midland Michigan. He is a senior studying family life where he researches society’s changing views of marriage and sexuality, with a special emphasis on pornography use. He has presented his research at the Society for the Study of Emerging Adults and at the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. He aspires to continue his research in graduate school and eventually become a professor. In addition to his work in academics, Nathan also holds an active role in many campus organizations. He is the president of the School of Family Life Student Association, service director of the Golden Key International Honour Society, and a part of the leadership committee for Phi Kappa Phi. In his spare time, Nathan enjoys playing football, reading classic books, writing piano music, and watching Disney movies.
My name is Julia Norman and I am currently a junior at BYU. I am originally from the eastern part of Germany where I joined the Church in 2013. When my parents got divorced I recognized the ultimate importance of families and decided that I wanted to help others keep or reclaim a fulfilling and happy family life – especially in Germany where the family is in decline. This is why I am a Psychology major. In the program, I have especially enjoyed a research project with Dr. David Dollahite who investigates the positive impact of religion on family. I am planning on attending a Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s program so that I can prepare to become a licensed marriage and family therapist before earning a Ph.D. and later becoming a professor myself. I would like to first earn practical experience because I believe this to be of irreplaceable value for the students I will be teaching.
Camden Robinson is a junior from Park City, Utah. He will graduate in 2017 with a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in Spanish Studies. Camden is fascinated by the impact of business on society, leading him to pursue dual interests in social innovation and business ethics. As a member of the Social Innovation Leadership Council at BYU, he is currently working on the development of a new program called the Ballard Scholar of Social Innovation. He also recently completed an internship with U.S. Synthetic, where he designed a service program that would engage the company’s 900 employees. While in school, he assists with ongoing research and writing for academic publications on business ethics as a research assistant at the Wheatley Institution. His current project is helping write an ethics field guide for professionals that presents a typology of ethical dilemmas in organizations. In his free time, Camden pursues a near limitless number of interests. Depending on the day, you can find him on the tennis court, tearing up the ski slopes, searching out the best local restaurants, adding new tracks to his public Spotify playlists, or writing in a 600-page journal he has kept since he was 14. After completing his studies, he plans on pursuing a career in management consulting before going to business school.
Elizabeth Robinson is a junior at Brigham Young University, pursuing a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, along with a minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Currently, she works as a research assistant for Dr. David Long in the Microwave Earth Remote Sensing Laboratory at BYU. Her research pursuits include Antarctic iceberg tracking and the compilation of a comprehensive database of iceberg coordinates dating back to the 1970’s. She is the second of six children, has lived in Utah, New Jersey, and Colorado, and is passionate about learning foreign languages. In her spare time, she enjoys sports, family outings, and spending time with her fiance, Brett.
I am a Junior studying philosophy at BYU. I returned last year from a mission in Brazil and currently teach Portuguese at the MTC. In July of this year, I married my best friend since high school in the Atlanta temple. I’ve always had a passion for music—well, not always. I began playing piano when I was six after my mom promised me she’d take me out for pizza if I signed up for my first lesson. Since then, I’ve recorded two CD’s, performed in several concerts, and played with Jon Schmidt from The Piano Guys. I’m a passionate sports fan and grew up playing basketball with the hopes of one day becoming a member of the Utah Jazz. I’ve since realized my aspirations were a little far-fetched, though I still enjoy playing basketball, volleyball, golf, and frisbee. I hope to attend law school at the University of Virginia after I graduate from BYU in 2017.
I was raised my whole life in Woodstock Georgia. There I was on the Soccer team and the kicker for the football team. I served a mission in Rome, Italy. I then got married to my high school sweetheart 6 months after I got back (Marriage: 12/2014). I am studying Economics and I am in the Air Force ROTC program. I do tree ring research with Dr. Bekker. I am a pilot, and I love flying above BYU. My dream is to be a fighter pilot and stop terrorists.