Heather Bergeson—English Major, Editing & Creative Writing Double Minor
Heather Bergeson was born and raised in Utah County and has spent much of her childhood and adult life taking full advantage of all the mountains and national parks Utah is famous for. Heather is a senior majoring in English and minoring in editing and creative writing. At BYU, Heather spent five semesters volunteering as an editor and as editor-in-chief for Criterion: A Journal of Literary Criticism, which helped her discover her passion for editorial work. She’s also worked as a reference assistant in the HBLL, interned for the New Era (now For the Strength of Youth) magazine at LDS Church Publications, and now works as a writer/editor on the Digital Media and Communications team for the College of Humanities. Living through COVID-19 in an empty apartment prompted Heather to try her hand at many new hobbies, including playing the guitar, road biking, and binge-watching tv shows. She hopes to continue growing her list of interesting personality traits and will pursue a career in writing and editing after graduating in the spring.
LeeAnn Broderick—French & Art History Double Major
LeeAnn Broderick was raised on farmlands of central Illinois. Her childhood there instilled a deep love for rain and the seemingly endless green fields. She discovered her two great academic loves, French and art history, while in high school, and hasn’t been able to let go of them since. Her favorite areas of study are French fairy tales and religious images of women from the Renaissance period. Although she hasn’t been able to actually travel to France yet, she hopes to be able to put her studies to use there soon. LeeAnn works as a research assistant at the BYU Library and as a student educator at the BYU Museum of Art, and she loves the opportunities these jobs give her to use both of her fields. She loves learning about other cultures, and tries to explore different media from around the world as often as possible in her free time. You can also often catch her watching movies with her roommates or reading the newest fantasy novel in her growing book collection.
Jarom Hickenlooper—German w/Linguistics Emphasis & Psychology Double Major
Jarom Hickenlooper grew up in Utah, hiking the Rockies as long as he can remember. He enjoys anything outdoors including camping, skiing, climbing, sports, and running. Jarom dances ballroom at BYU and loves international Latin dance in particular. He speaks Spanish, German, and Persian (Farsi), having learned German from his German mother and a two-year mission in northern Germany, where he also studied Persian. After teaching Persian at the Missionary Training Center for a couple years, he currently works as a student instructor for a German 101 course at BYU. Passionate about social issues and the refugee crisis, he serves as a campus liaison for the non-profit organization Their Story is Our Story (TSOS) and is president of the TSOS chapter at BYU. Jarom is working toward a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a double-major in German and a minor in sociology. Double-majoring in German is one way he satisfies some of his passion for culture, literature, philosophy, art, and music, but will turn to reading, podcasts, and composing on the piano if he does not get “his fix.” He has enjoyed doing research with multiple professors at BYU and is fascinated by trauma psychology and societal sensemaking and resilience, which he hopes to continue to study in graduate school. He plans to eventually teach as a university professor, conduct research, and practice clinical psychology. In his career he aspires to incorporate his love for the humanities into his work helping individuals, organizations, and society and improving the human condition.
Anna Pulley—Linguistics & Spanish Double Major
Anna Pulley is currently a senior at BYU and is double-majoring in Linguistics and Spanish. She grew up in Colorado, California and Utah before serving an LDS mission in the heart of the Amazon rainforest in Bolivia. Anna is no stranger to change and loves exploring new places — especially if there is a beach. She also works as a TA for two Interdisciplinary Humanities courses (IHUM 201 and IHUM 202) within the department. Anna fluently speaks English, Spanish, and Italian and is currently learning Greek and Portuguese. Overall, she is extremely passionate about diversity and connecting foreign cultures through mutual understanding. She plans to obtain a Master’s Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). By reaching her goals, Anna will be able to pursue a career in which she can help others around the world gain access to both basic and higher educational opportunities. Anna shares, “I am especially passionate about providing young underprivileged girls with educational opportunities, regardless of cultural norms or expectations. I have found that my education has brought me great satisfaction and has helped me to develop a greater sense of self, and I want all people to feel this same passion for learning and progression.” Anna hopes to use her talents for good, and to inspire others to do the same.
Joseph Rowley—Interdisciplinary Humanities w/Art History Emphasis Major, Statistics Minor
Joseph Rowley is a senior majoring in Interdisciplinary Humanities with an emphasis in Art History and a minor in Statistics. If asked, he would say that he’s not really sure how that happened; his varied interests have something to do with a passion for the act of learning itself—the moment of realization when you see “that which had not been told [you]” and consider “that which [you] had not heard.” Joseph and his wife Julia met in High School while performing Shakespeare together, and are both earning degrees at BYU while enjoying life as the parents of a beautiful baby boy, William. Joseph hopes to become a professor in the humanities and help to create a world with more empathy and stronger communities. Although interdisciplinary at heart, he is currently pursuing a path to a doctorate in Art History.