A young person’s dreams are often as big as the world. Students set off to college with hope in their hearts, and sometimes get a cold slap of reality. Some students quickly realize a dream job doesn’t just fall into one’s lap — one has to consider their future and their finances. The Universe wanted to know what BYU students’ dream jobs would be if money weren’t a factor.
“I would be an ambassador. I want to be a politician.”— Anh Nguyen, political science, Vietnam “I would be a cardiac surgeon. I just love the human body, and I am fascinated with the heart.”— Danielle Shkapich, nursing, Sandy “I would be a professional hiker. I would get endorsed by a company and hike all over the world.”— Hannah Pullan, pre-animation, Payson “As a mechanical engineer, I would be working in the biomedical field, working with prosthetics.” — Kelly Bickham, mechanical engineering, Des Moines, Iowa “Throwing parties. I would professionally throw parties for myself and for other people who are my friends. Honestly that’s what I dream of. I used to throw a lot of parties when my mom would pay for them but now I’m poor and I can’t. I miss parties.”—Kelly Newman, family and consumer science education, Bountiful “I’d probably just want to stay at home with my family, honestly.”— Mark Burtenshaw, French, Shelley, Idaho “I would go to school for a living. I would just keep getting bachelors’ and Ph.D.s. I just love learning. There’s so much to learn.”— McKinley Pugh, physics, Loveland, Colo. “Being a professor, and I already am. Right now I’m not a full-time professor; I just have a master’s degree, so I’m not all the way on the bandwagon I guess you could say. I teach English as a second language.”— Nick David, professor, Safford, Ariz. “A boat engineer because I love boating, and I think it would be fun.”— Shaun Rhodes, engineering, Sandy “Probably a race car driver. I think it’s really exhilarating. You can’t get that feeling of excitement by doing a lot of other legal things.” — Travis Birch, undeclared, Mesa, Ariz.