Women

Humans of the U: Hollie Morales

April 23, 2019

“I never fathomed that I’d become a widow at 34, left to raise my four children alone, the oldest 15, the baby 2. Medulloblastoma was supposed to be a pediatric brain tumor, so how could it put a 36-year-old man in the grave in just eight months? It felt like déjà vu. My daddy died from glioblastoma brain cancer when I was 20 …. But I’m not going to tell you a sob story. I started school at 35 determined to make a difference in the world of cancer and this fall, I’ll embark upon my next quest—a Ph.D. in oncological sciences studying brain cancer here at the U. If I am able to make a difference in just one life all the years of studying, sleepless nights and sacrificing a social life will be worth it.”



Humans of the U: Sophie Wu

April 19, 2019

“Coming to Utah let me believe that age and gender will never be a barrier to success. With my deepest gratitude, I humbly share this thought with you: If you believe something is right to do, just do it. When you truly want a thing for better, the whole world will stay united to help you make it come true. Nothing will prevent you from moving further.”



Humans of the U: Gavin Yehle

April 14, 2019

“I first performed at the U’s Babcock Theatre when I was in 4th grade when I was cast as one of the leads for our school play. As a young person pursuing acting, it was something really valuable to have that experience. That is when—as they say—I caught the theater bug.”



Humans of the U: Ashley Baker

April 5, 2019

“When I was 32, my husband and in-laws convinced me to go back to school. They saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself…I guess you could say my time here has not only provided me with the necessary tools to find my voice. But more importantly, it’s helped me become the person I’ve always wanted to be.”



Radical creativity

March 18, 2019

Gabby Rivera spoke at the U encouraging students to find their own within their ancestors and stories and gave campus a glimpse into the inspirations for her writing.