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Cougar Queries: "Work Hard, But Play Hard Too"

Cougar Queries is a series profiling BYU employees by asking them a few simple questions about their work, interests and life

Name: Heather Chewning
BYU employee since: August 2008
My job at BYU is? Romney Institute of Public Management Program Coordinator (BYUMPA)

Currently I'm working on... a new recruiting strategy. We're making some big changes to how we think about and approach getting our story out into the world. It's really exciting!

I'm currently reading... Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin. 

I get most excited about my work when... I get to work with our phenomenal Masters of Public Administration (MPA) students. They are so talented, creative, smart, and just an overall joy to work with.

I love it when students ask me... why they should get an MPA from BYU. I wonder, "How much time do you have?"

My advice to incoming freshman is... take every opportunity to enjoy the journey. Don't get so caught up in the "work" that life passes you by. Work hard, but play hard too.

My favorite professor was... Steven Harper [of the Church History and Doctrine department]. He teaches with such passion, power, and precision I can't help but be inspired. 

The best-kept BYU secret is... the BYU MPA Program. We aren't keeping it a secret on purpose, but we're still learning how to best get the word out.

The title of my autobiography would be... Choose You This Day

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Heather Chewning
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