October 29, 2019
Ever wonder who manages this blog or who sends the BYU-Pathway emails you receive? As the content and messaging specialist for BYU-Pathway Worldwide, Breanne Su’a is primarily responsible for overseeing BYU-Pathway communications — such as emails, blog and news articles, tutorials, and so on — and ensuring they are helpful to students.
“It’s important that we communicate clearly, or students will be left in the dark,” she said. “It isn’t easy writing for a global student population — who have different primary languages, cultures, time zones, and so on — but I like the challenge. As we think of every kind of student in BYU-Pathway, we are better able to meet their needs.”
Breanne’s favorite part of her job is getting to hear from amazing students around the world. “Our students inspire me every day,” she said. “I get to hear the inspiring stories of students everywhere and their faith and sacrifice for education.” For Breanne, writing and editing communication that will help students succeed in their education is incredibly meaningful.
Breanne grew up in Boise, Idaho, the second child of four and a proud Boise State University football fan. Ever since she was young, Breanne knew she wanted to become a writer. Breanne loved writing stories and drawing pictures and eventually wrote her first full-length novel at age 12. She attended college at BYU-Idaho, where she worked as a tutor at the writing center. In 2015, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English, with an emphasis in creative writing, and minored in editing and illustration.
After graduating and serving a mission in West Virginia, Breanne moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, to start her career with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She worked as an intern for the Friend magazine and was hired afterward as a writer for Church curriculum. She was grateful to have the opportunity to work on many important projects, including the Come, Follow Me and Teaching in the Savior’s Way materials. “It was a sacred experience being able to study the scriptures and messages from prophets and apostles as my job,” she said. “My testimony of the scriptures was strengthened so much during that time.”
When she isn’t working, Breanne enjoys dancing — such as in the 2015 and 2016 Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square Christmas Concerts — being outdoors, watching movies, and eating good food!
Breanne met her husband, Saimasina (Sai), on a dating app. After messaging for a month, they went on their first date and ate chicken wings up a canyon. They dated for a year, became best friends, and were married in the Oquirrh Mountain Temple on August 25, 2018. Sai has Samoan and Jewish heritage, which has brought a lot of fun culture and history to their family.
To students everywhere, she gives the following advice: “Believe in yourself. Time and time again, I have witnessed students in the lowest of circumstances rise to the highest of achievements. I believe that BYU-Pathway students are experiencing greater growth than any other university in higher education.”