You don't have to like BYU.
But I love it.
I love it because it believes in me.
The Brigham Young University Mission Statement says:
The mission of Brigham Young University--founded, supported, and guided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--is to assist individuals in their quest for perfection and eternal life. That assistance should provide a period of intensive learning in a stimulating setting where a commitment to excellence is expected and the full realization of human potential is pursued.
I know that my being here means that a whole host of people trust me to do good in the world.
I love it because it is a place of light.
The sun is always shining through some glorious window.
I love it because it is a place of peace.
I love it because it is a place of love.
Yesterday and today, I attended my third BYU New Student Orientation.
I don't think I cried when I was a freshman, but as an upperclassman, I always cry when I go.
BYU is the most beautiful and blessed place.
And I wouldn't want to be anywhere else, not for anything.