Sariah Lovo Cruz, a freshman from El Salvador studying art, shared how she ended up at BYU-Idaho.

After a change of plans, Lovo told Scroll how she landed at Rexburg after serving a mission in California. Her plans did not turn out how she imagined.

Q: Why did you decide to come to study at BYU-Idaho?

A: So, I was planning to go to BYU-Provo instead of BYU-Idaho but things changed. Well, the Lord changes your stuff, basically, and then — out of nowhere — I was going to BYU-Idaho.

Q: What has your experience been like studying here at BYU-Idaho?

A: I think it’s very different from El Salvador. I was studying in El Salvador too, and I think the language is the hardest part of it.

Q: What is your dream job once you are out of BYU-I?

A: I’m thinking to do my own clothing brand with my family because my mom loves to sew too and she can teach me more now that I know the basic stuff. I want to make clothing that is very comfortable for people to wear. For my major, I am still thinking about it. Whether I am going to do comics or going to do storyboarding, or just go study in Japan and try to figure out what can I do with my major.

Q: How do you feel God has guided you to where you are now?

A: Yeah, so, God actually crushed my plans. After my mission, I was going to do very different stuff, but He was like, “Nope, you are not going to do that. You are going here, and you are going to do this and this and … ” Okay, I was just going to follow what He said. Because I am the kind of person that I don’t know what I am going to do in the future unless He is pushing me to think about it. And even though it is not the final product that is going to be there, He is just like, “Just still think, and at the right moment I’m going to push you on the right path and do what I want you to do.”

Q: What words of encouragement do you have for students going through harsh times right now, attending BYU-I?

A: My advice is don’t worry if you don’t know your path. It can change, it can crash for Heavenly Father’s plan, but He is going to show you the way if you are willing to do it. There is a lot of temptation still going on here at BYU-Idaho, but you need to say no and focus on the positive things and the things that are going to make your future brighter.