Unpredictability and Loss Help BYU Grad Find Greater Joy in Success

On August 30, 2010 Stephen Merrill walked onto BYU’s campus as a newly minted freshman. On April 28, 2017, Merrill, like most students, will leave BYU a little differently. But unlike most students, Merrill’s transformation includes overcoming major physical challenges.

Merrill began his academic career at BYU just like any other student – excited and eager for the learning and social opportunities that lie ahead. Near the end of his freshman year, Merrill and his friends went to a local trampoline gym to stave off finals stress.

“I jumped into one of the foam pits from one of the higher points at the gym. I went through [the foam] and hit my head on the bottom of the pit. Instantly I knew something was wrong – I couldn’t move at all.”

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By Natalie Ipson Posted on