Educated - A Memoir
Tara Westover
Contributed by Micheal Celestin
Chapter 27

Westover shares the reasons why she joined BYU to study music. One main reason was that she wanted to gain the skills for directing a church choir. That said, in the fall semester of her junior year, she did not choose a single music course. She says that “I couldn’t have explained why I dropped advanced music theory in favor of geography and comparative politics” (Westover 223). She also gave up singing for a class called “History of the Jews.” When she saw the new courses in the catalog, she saw something that related to infinity, and it piqued her curiosity. Her earlier desire to choose music was in line with the idea that she had regarding what a woman is supposed to be. She was raised believing that music was a suitable course to pursue as a woman.


In this chapter, we get to understand how Westover’s upbringing influenced her choices in life. For instance, she chose to study music simply because she felt that it resonated with the fact that she was a woman (Westover 227). However, it is through exposure to more options that she learned of other courses that she was personally more interested in. This provided an opportunity for her to pursue a different career path than what she had envisioned.

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