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Linda Yamamoto

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Place of Residence Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada Graduation Year 2004 Major Communication Current Occupation Career Development Advisor for high school students Family Spouse: Samuel
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How has your BYU-Idaho education helped you in your life?
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My BYU-Idaho education was very hands-on and teamwork oriented. It has helped me in many aspects of my personal and professional life. Being a communication major, I learned hands-on skills to work with a wide array of people with different communication styles.

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Since graduating from BYU-Idaho, what have been your greatest personal and professional accomplishments?
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Since gradating, I moved back to Canada and began working in the human resources and career development field. I loved my business and communication classes and was able to find a job as a human resources assistant in a large financial company soon after graduating. In this company I was promoted to three different roles and moved to the role of a recruiter and the chairperson of the company’s community relations committee.

I now work on the flip side of human resources as a career advisor, helping high school students prepare for the workforce. I enjoy teaching them practical job-finding skills and watching them grow into successful young adults. Being a working, independent, and young graduate, I saved money and bought my first house at the age of 24.

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How does being a BYU-Idaho graduate help you be a leader in your workplace?
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From day one at BYU-Idaho, I had countless leadership opportunities. I joined several student associations and intramural sports teams that allowed me to plan, organize, and meet many fellow classmates. I also worked as a student supervisor in the Financial Aid office at BYU-Idaho, and was very lucky to have supportive staff that gave me a lot of freedom in my work tasks and responsibilities.

I can remember learning new concepts and ideas in my business and communication classes, then going to work right away and asking my boss if we could implement new ideas or practices at work. He always said yes and always supported me. I walked away from BYU-Idaho having learned a lot and practiced a lot of what I was taught. Now that I have been working for six years since graduation, I try to maintain that same level of enthusiasm for work. I volunteer for tasks and extra committees, and enjoy public speaking, event planning, and advising students.

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How does your BYU-Idaho education help you serve in the community?
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I was recently asked to be an organizer of the BYU-Idaho Symphony Band when they came to my town in Canada to perform. As an organizing committee, we decided to host the event at a public venue and charge for the event, with all sales going to a local charity—a youth emergency shelter. I worked closely with the youth shelter to plan the event and made some great friendships with community volunteers for the event. I am looking forward to many more community service opportunities in the near future.

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How did your time at BYU-Idaho prepare you for service in the Church?
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Serving in the Church at BYU-Idaho was a unique opportunity for me to see the Church working very effectively with highly active wards. Each ward member fulfilled their duties, and we all formed very strong friendships—especially because we all lived in such close proximity to each other.

Since graduating, I have been a member of many wards where Church membership hasn’t been quite as strong. Having “tried out” so many callings at BYU-Idaho, I came into my wards with a lot of experience and many great examples of leaders. Most importantly, through devotionals, activities, and many spiritual events at BYU-Idaho, I have learned how to listen to the Spirit and be in tune to the needs of others.

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What service have you rendered in the Church since graduating?
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I have served as Relief Society president, Gospel Doctrine teacher, ward missionary, and am currently serving as a Primary chorister.

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How does being a BYU-Idaho graduate help you lead your family?
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I am a newlywed of less than a year, so my husband and I are still learning and growing each day. Being a communication major at BYU-Idaho taught me a lot about relationships, personalities, and teamwork that has helped us in our marriage. I still have some of the books I read in my classes, and I reread them from time to time to help me in my personal relationships. My husband and I love having family home evening each week, and enjoy spending as much time together as possible.

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Is there anything else you would like to share about your BYU-Idaho experience and how it blesses you today?
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I had a lot of hands-on classes at BYU-Idaho. Without some of the visual design, human resources, conflict management, and public speaking classes I had, I would not be able to have the employment I now enjoy. I had so many great instructors that cared and effectively taught. I am so happy with my choice to attend BYU-Idaho, and I tell others often what a great school and experience it was.

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