View from Y Mountain with BYU President Kevin Worthen

View from Y Mountain with BYU President Kevin Worthen

Every morning in every season when I
look up at the beauty that surrounds us, I realize what a blessing it is to be
here on the Brigham Young University campus. It’s no coincidence that this great
institution is located in the midst of these majestic mountains. Mountains, according to both prophets and poets, are places where we can be inspired and uplifted, challenged and changed. And Brigham Young
University, here in the midst of mountains, is just such a place. For more than a century, this campus has
offered students an intensive life-changing educational
experience in a climate of faith. I’ve love this University as long as I
can remember. It was my dream to come here is a student, and
the education I received here has transformed my life. Let me share with you some thoughts on
our traditions, our students, and faculty, and what the future holds for this
unique and wonderful University. Brigham Young believed in the power and
eternal importance of education. And when the Brigham Young Academy was
established in 1875, the little pioneer school was to be a
place of learning by studying and also by faith. Over the years as the University has
grown in size and in academic reputation, we’ve never lost sight of our unique
mission and our Christian beliefs and .ideals BYU is one of the largest
private universities in the world and our sponsorship by the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints makes us a distinctive institution. This faith-based learning environment is
one of the primary reasons why 30,000 students from more than 100
countries choose to study here. We care deeply about our students and
have worked to build one of the best undergraduate experiences in the country. Across campus, were looking for ways to
challenge students, and to make the undergraduate experience
more dynamic and more meaningful. One of our most successful endeavors is a campus-wide student mentoring
initiative which allows undergraduates to work alongside faculty mentors to
pursue their own original research. Faculty in every discipline have been
challenged to look for ways to provide interactive
and collaborative learning experiences for their students. As they work alongside these outstanding
faculty, students learn firsthand how to be scholars and believers. They also learned that
truth and knowledge are the foundations of faith. Let me say a word about our students–
like their peers at other universities, BYU students are bright and well
prepared to make the most of their college experience. But they choose to come here for more
than academics. They want to live in a climate of faith. They think differently, they act
differently. They’re positive, energetic, innovative, and motivated to
make a difference in the world. I’m truly humbled to be the
president of this great university that has molded and shaped not just
careers, but lives. For BYU students, I hope that their time
here in the show of Y-Mountain helps them to grow intellectually and
spiritually. I hope that they feel that the BYU
experience has changed them–made them different and better people. And prepared them to contribute to the world. One of our great BYU traditions is hiking
the “Y.” Ever since students placed this letter on
the mountain in 1906, the Y has stood as a symbol of our home,
of campus unity, and of service. On campus we often talk about the Spirit
of the Y– a sort of intangible force that binds us
together as BYU alumni and friends and that inspires us all to be our best selves. The Y on the mountain is an enduring
symbol of this community and of the unique qualities of a BYU education– n education that asks us to consider our
true potential and our loftiest ideals. As we move
forward, we will look to the mountains for
inspiration and enlightenment, and work together to fulfill the mission at Brigham Young

6 Replies to “View from Y Mountain with BYU President Kevin Worthen”

  1. Brigham Young University changed my life and set the course of my life. I love this University and what for what it stands. It has been and continues to inspire me to do all that I can to be a person of integrity and scholarship. It opened me up to a world I had not expected, as a new convert to the Church. I continue to miss being near the campus. I spent the years, while I worked at Geneva Steel, taking a course here and there. Then I was offered the opportunity to attend full time. The faculty touched me at my core and challenged me to live the principles of the Gospel, while being a scholar. BYU offered me the opportunity to obtain a PhD and it has made all the difference in my life. But the associations I made within the student Wards has remained with me and forms the core of my experience of the Church out here in the mission field. I love this University and plan on returning year after year for education week, once I retire.

  2. I had a great experience at BYU, and I hope my children may have the opportunity to attend one day.  They are diligently working towards this goal.

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