Caroline Stickel is a student at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. She is an Editing & Publishing major also working towards a Digital Humanities minor and an Asian Studies minor. She is from Atlanta, Georgia, and typically spends the holidays there with her family. When she isn’t writing, editing, building websites, or working on assignments, she enjoys golfing, running, watching Bollywood movies with friends, reading American novels, and learning to play the guitar.

Caroline grew up in Alpharetta, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta just over 25 miles outside the city. She attended Fulton Science Academy High School for three years, then graduated from Cambridge High School in 2016. In high school she participated in mock trial, voice lessons, and FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America). In Spring 2016 she was awarded third place at the FBLA State Competition in graphic design for a digital sales kit she wrote and designed. She took computer science elective courses and learned basic HTML and CSS.

She began studying at Brigham Young University in the fall of 2016 as a Graphic Design major. After deciding to serve a mission, she was called to the California San Fernando Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served as a missionary from September 2017 to April 2019, for a period of 18 months, during which the San Fernando Mission was dissolved and absorbed into the California Los Angeles Mission, encompassing all of Los Angeles County. She lived in multiple areas throughout the region, including North Hollywood, Canoga Park, Downey, and San Pedro. She learned the Spanish language.

At the Getty Center in 2019

After spending the summer of 2019 working as a merchandiser at Macy’s in Alpharetta, she returned to Utah and resumed her studies. She changed her major to the new program Editing and Publishing; she decided she wanted to incorporate writing, coding, and designing in her career. She enrolled in Digital Humanities classes, where she reprised learning HTML and CSS, then expanded into JavaScript, jQuery, and WordPress. She wrote code for a website from scratch, which can be accessed here. She also incorporated the same site into WordPress, which can be viewed here. Her blog on Digital Humanities can be read here. She resumed her study of the Hindi language, which she began her freshman year. She plans to use her Hindi in her career in web editing. She was awarded a Summer 2020 Foreign Language Area Studies scholarship to study the Hindi language abroad in India; due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the scholarship has been deferred to summer of 2021. Her knowledge of both Hindi and Spanish have enhanced her understanding of language and ability to write.

She currently works remotely for the Harold B. Lee Library as a Wikipedia Editor/Research Assistant in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections unit. Her responsibilities include: writing new Wikipedia pages, copyediting, source checking, and researching for different projects each week. This editing experience has been extremely valuable; it is exposure to a realm of online editing not usually discussed. She also recently began a second job as a Teacher’s Assistant for Dr. Nancy Turley at BYU, redesigning her ELANG 273: Linguistics Research Methods class for this upcoming fall semester.

She began writing this blog in January of 2020. It will include thoughts on novels, movie reviews, experiences, and more – similar to her missionary emails, but pertaining to life as a student.