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PRESIDENT at BYU Date Club

Brigham Young University, which I attended for my undergrad, is famous for its dating and marriage culture. While lasting relationships often form, there is no shortage of drama and heartache along the way. In the spirit of “if you can laugh at it, then it can’t hurt you,” the BYU Date Club was formed to help students cope with, dissect, and seek to understand the realities of the love quest.

It all started as a funny t-shirt design, but it quickly grew into a social force when it received front page media coverage in The Daily Universe. This was soon followed by Date Club Prophecies, a collection of my philosophizings and musings about dating, and Date With Destiny, a 30-minute no-budget sci-fi film about the 500th anniversary of the Intergalactic Federation of Romance.

Today the BYU Date Club, which has never been a sanctioned campus club, exists on Facebook, where people often post interesting articles, hilarious pick-up lines, memes, and personal stories. The hope is that it will continue to help people in their quest to find an everlasting love.

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BLOOD DONOR at American Red Cross

Since July 2012, I have had the joy and privilege of donating blood on a regular basis. It’s something simple I can do to help others in a real way. Plus, I get to eat treats afterward! So far, I’ve donated about 3 gallons of blood, which goes exclusively to newborns in need.

Somewhere along the line I had the idea that I could help promote blood donation by posting pictures of each of my donations. By making it fun and involving others, I could help rebrand the experience so people would no longer associate it with fear, discomfort, and needle pricks. Instead, it would be seen as an inviting, desirable experience that promoted good.

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SOCIAL MEDIA VOLUNTEER at Walk to End Alzheimer’s

In October 2015, I served as a Social Media Volunteer for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Walnut Creek, CA. Throughout the event I took video and pictures and posted them to their Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook accounts.

Content included short videos spotlighting individuals and their reasons for participating in the walk, and photographs and short videos of the days happenings. At the end of the event, I recorded a brief “thank you” video of Karen Stevenson, President of the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California and Northern Nevada, which was viewed over 600 times on Facebook.

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