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Jennifer Coltrin

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Place of Residence Salt Lake City Graduation Year 2006 Major Paramedicine and Communication Current Occupation Project Management
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How has your BYU-Idaho education helped you in your life?
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My educational experience gave me a base to build from for both my career and personal endeavors. Because of my education I have been qualified to work in both my fields of interests in health and business, along with having an educational premise to build on throughout my life.

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Since graduating from BYU-Idaho, what have been your greatest personal and professional accomplishments?
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I feel like my greatest personal accomplishment has been my involvement within my community, both in the neighborhoods I’ve lived in, and the local homeless shelter. Most of the things I do in those two areas aren’t great or perhaps noteworthy to anyone outside our area. But it makes a difference to us involved.

One of the goals I’ve had is to help young people become more skilled and self-sufficient in basic things. During the summers we have learning activities both at the shelter and in the neighborhood where we learn to bake something simple like cookies or pancakes, then eat together with our families and friends. Often the kids that are participating are between the ages of 6 and 14. Each child is given an assignment to either bring something small to contribute that is needed or have a job that must be filled. It invites them be part of what is going on and be engaged.

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How does being a BYU-Idaho graduate help you be a leader in your workplace?
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Since the ways of doing things, whether it was learning, applying knowledge, or who you’re working with were always changing at
BYU-Idaho, the ability to adapt and change was established and fostered. Because of this ability to adapt to change, I have been able to readjust as needed to help me be a more effective leader and learner at work.

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How does your BYU-Idaho education help you serve in the community?
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The greatest education I received at BYU-Idaho was within the student-run organizations. I learned how to empower and lead with a vision. In our communities, if we are able to communicate a clear vision of where we want to go and then empower each other to do it, we can accomplish anything. I have used that method and will continue to use that method in the future.

Another wonderful opportunity I’ve had since graduating is letting other young single adults that desire a higher education become more aware of the educational opportunities at BYU-Idaho. Because of the rich experience I had there, others have decided they can get a higher education and that BYU-Idaho was their answer.

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How did your time at BYU-Idaho prepare you for service in the Church?
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While I was at BYU-Idaho, President Kim B. Clark once made the comment that no job was insignificant. He mentioned that from administrators and faculty members to the janitors, each person played a critical role, and that we are all learners and teachers. That comment has guided me since. Regardless of the calling or responsibility I have, I have the responsibility to do my role the best I can and help others do the same, while realizing we are all learners and teachers.

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What service have you rendered in the Church since graduating?
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I was a co-chair for ward activities and now am on the missionary committee.

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How does being a BYU-Idaho graduate help you lead your family?
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I was the first person in my family to graduate from college. Because of the experience I had at BYU-Idaho, I’ve been able to encourage my younger siblings to continue their education.

I think the greatest thing I learned at BYU-Idaho is the importance of putting the Lord first and that His hand can be in all aspects of our life. It was at BYU-Idaho I learned how to engage and trust Him. That will be a lesson I’ll continue to grow in all my life, but it was founded there. And that will be a great asset to my family as we press forward.

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