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Berkeley Perschon

Exploration Specialist | University Advisement Center


Herriman, Utah

My Story:

For most of my life, I had aspirations to work in Hospitality Management. But after working in the industry for three years, I discovered that what was once my dream job, was not what I wanted. This led me to transfer to BYU where I spent my first year engaging in various exploration experiences. These experiences led me to find Communications Studies- a major that incorporated both my interests and strengths. I am still in the process of exploring career paths, but I’m excited to see where I go!


Book: I love to read, so it’s hard for me to choose a favorite! But one book I recently read that has been helping me in my career, self, and major exploration is Lifestorming: Creating Meaning and Achievement in Your Career and Life by Alan Weiss and Marshall Goldsmith.

Movie: I’m more of a TV show kind of girl… but I’m a big fan of the Harry Potter movies!

Food: Honestly, it depends on the day. But if I had to choose, I’d probably say pasta salad.

Animal: Goats

Color: Blue

Exploration Experience?

For as long as I can remember, I planned to pursue a career in Hospitality Management. But after working in the industry for nearly three years, I discovered that it was not the right path for me. I knew I needed to change directions, but this left me with no idea of what I wanted to major in, or what career path I was going to pursue. I felt so lost, and had no idea where I should go next!

After transferring to BYU after my mission, I decided to spend my first semester here focusing on finding some answers. I wanted to gain a deeper understanding of myself and find the path that resonated most with my passions and aspirations. In order to do so, I enrolled in a Career Exploration class, completed various career assessments, and conducted informational interviews and job shadows, in an attempt to help me find the answers I sought.

Having experienced the impact of effective communication in my own life, I found myself being drawn to the field of Communications. As I continued to explore, I realized that the Communications Studies major would enable me to learn more about my interests, while also leveraging my strengths in writing, research, and public speaking. I have loved getting to learn about how I can utilize communication to better connect with others, and I am currently in the process of exploring a few different career paths within the Communications field. Although I’m not 100% settled on a career path yet, I am excited to continue exploring the various opportunities that are available to me!

Why is Exploring Important to Me?

Exploring is important to me because I’m still on my own exploration journey as well! Finding out what you’re interested in takes work, and it also takes time. But I strongly believe that it is a beneficial use of your time and energy to find out who you are, and what you want out of your life. Self exploration is a lifelong journey that isn’t often discovered all at once. While I don’t know everything, I’m excited to see where I go, and to be able to help others on each of their own journeys as well!

Looking Back

Looking back, I wish I had utilized more of the resources that were available to me! There are so many resources that are available to us as students, but when I first got to BYU I was not aware of many of them, and the few I did know about, I didn’t rely on as often as I should have. Over time I have come to realize how important these resources are, and how helpful they can be; and using them has made a huge difference not only in my exploration journey, but in my overall experience at BYU.

Does Pineapple Belong on Pizza?

My favorite kinds of pizza have pineapple on them… so absolutely!

Boring fact about you

I am a transfer student! I went to Salt Lake Community College and got my Associates Degree before attending BYU.


I am somewhat of a people person, so I love being able to do anything that allows me to spend time with those I’m close to! I also enjoy baking, cooking, reading, learning, listening to music, going to the temple, developing new skills, traveling whenever possible, and celebrating random national holidays.