Cami Showley's life as a stay-at-home mom has been successful because she has always been an adaptive individual. When Showley first began at BYU-Idaho, the Humanities and Philosophy major did not exist but talk of it was enough for her to work with her professor to make sure she took the right classes to qualify for this major. When asked about her major, Showley said, "My major was challenging because it is somewhat open-ended, allowing each student to personalize what the focus of study is. I loved this aspect of it. I also had to be proactive and resourceful because I was blazing the trail as I went along each semester."
Despite career uncertainty, she loved to learn and felt that Humanities and Philosophy constantly engaged her mind and opened new vistas of knowledge. She knew that this degree would serve as a broad platform for any direction she chose whether it be graduate school, a full-time job, or raising children. For example, with a humanities degree, she could seek a career in advertising, foreign service, journalism, law, public administration, publishing, or teaching. The major provided her flexibility and allowed her to explore her interests.
Before meeting her husband, Showley had planned to work a year for AmeriCorps and then attend graduate school. Regarding her plans, she stated, "I felt prepared for graduate school because of the tools I gained through my classes...I even considered law school because I loved the challenge and discussions that came from studying cases and theories of justice."
While at BYU-Idaho, she learned how to be a leader, to seek truth, to work hard, and not to give up through trials or adversity. Her studies also boosted her confidence as a writer and researcher. As she studied hard, she said, "I felt confident in my ability to be a student and thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and study of Humanities and Philosophy. I felt confident in researching and writing an essay on whatever topic might be presented to me."
Additionally, she learned valuable soft skills like presentation, how to conduct a meeting, and follow through with assignments. These skills help her with daily tasks at home and teaching at home or in other environments. Whether it is how to eloquently write an e-mail or the importance of understanding the past, she relies on what she learned at BYU-Idaho.
To those who are current students or those who have recently graduated, Showley advises, "Whether it is a professor, a company you are applying to, or your boss, know what they expect and play on your strengths. Be honest in seeking advice and ask for help if needed." In other words, she would advise all to understand their audience. As she practiced this in her college career she stated, "I began to feel confident in what the main ideas were and what they meant. By the time I graduated, I was a very good student- meaning I knew how to study and to be successful and to feel confident. I loved going to school because I tried my hardest and I started to figure out how to be successful in each class."
She carries the lessons she learned at college with her every day. Ultimately, and most significantly, her degree helped her learn how to learn. This was only the beginning of the journey, but it planted her feet in solid ground and gave her all the tools needed to help her children, and others, do the same. As Showley demonstrated, a Bachelor of Arts degree provides a flexibility that other degrees do not have and is an excellent platform into other pursuits. It provided her skills that changed how she viewed the world and influenced her role as a mother.