A few months after graduating from BYU, Calli Nielsen felt lost and unsure of what to do next. She had planned on graduating and going on to save the world—but realized that first, she needed to land a job interview.
“After months of uncertainty and stress,” Calli says, “the thought of graduate school entered my mind. I had vowed to all of my professors (and myself) that I would never attend graduate school, so I quickly let the thought leave my mind. Another month went by and I felt the same prodding to look into graduate school. Within a matter of weeks, I had applied and received an unconditional offer to study at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland. I was terrified, but I felt the comfort of the Spirit as I moved forward with my decision.
“In the seven months I have been in Scotland, my life has changed dramatically for the better. I realized very quickly that my studies at BYU had prepared me for the challenges of a master’s program. Being the only Mormon in my program was challenging at first, but has given me so many opportunities to share my beliefs with new friends from all over the world. My friends respect my beliefs and even help to keep me on track, even though they do not identify with the LDS church. Living so far from family has been a trial, but has brought me closer to the Lord as I have looked to him for guidance and comfort. The Edinburgh YSA group is smaller than what I was used to in Las Vegas, but we are much closer because of it. We rely on each other for everything and have truly become family.
“In addition to these amazing blessings I have also been able to fulfill my lifelong dream of traveling throughout Europe. During this time, I have been able to learn about other cultures and religions while sharing my own beliefs with people from all over the world. It has been a truly humbling experience and has helped me grow and learn more than I ever thought possible. I never could have dreamed of a life as perfect for me as the one I am living now, and without the gentle prodding of the Lord I may never have received this amazing opportunity. He truly knows what is best for us, and what will lead us to true happiness. We have but to follow his promptings and trust in Him.”