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Campus Cutie: Meet Elise Buki!


Name: Elise Buki

Age: 20

Hometown: Bujumbura, Burundi

Graduation Year: 2018

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Campus Activities: Resident assistant in Housing & Residential Education, Greek IV, Pi Beta Phi, MUSS.

Meet Elise:

Describe yourself in three words: Energetic, Smart, Fun

Favorite food: A dish from Burundi called Isombe. Which is basically Cassava leaves.

Favorite place in Salt Lake to eat: Pig in a Jelly Jar. I always get the chicken and waffles. Always.

Favorite colors:  Burgundy and black.

Three things that you can’t live without: My guitar, Spotify, and dogs.

What is your guilty pleasure TV show? Orange is the new black, and Friends

Movie? Mulan

Celebrity Crush: Rihanna and Tori Kelly.

Dream Job: Any company in a biomedical engineer field where I get the opportunity to travel a lot!

Pet Peeves: People with no manners and ignorant people.

Top Item on your Bucket list: Travel to Brazil.

Why? Because my father was really into Brazilian music and I love Bossa nova. Also, the culture is pretty cool and interesting i.e. Capoeira, a form of martial art that my brother practices.

Fun Fact about yourself: My last name means “honey.”

 Campus Life:

Favorite thing about the U: The people. Everyone tries to be as inclusive as possible, making sure no identities are being ignored or repressed, which I love!

What do you like about being an RA? Being able to interact with so many freshman. It’s rewarding to see them grow into young adults who once didn’t know how to do their own laundry. 

Best U of U memory: Last Summer. Sigma Nu Lake Powell Trip.

Favorite Class: Intro to Music 1010. Also classical mythology.

Worst Class: Econ 1740. Online class.

Best Study Spot: Warnock Engineering Building

Dating Life:

Relationship Status: Single, maybe not ready to mingle, but single.

Biggest turn on: If he’s smart, passionate, and good-looking.

Turn off? Bad hygiene...

Deal Breaker? Stage-5 Clinger, or arrogance.

Best Place to find Guys: The library. There are some pretty hot AND smart guys.

Ideal Date: Anything that involves not being afraid of making a fool of yourself.  A.k.a anything but the movies.


Kaylee Ann Mortensen is a student at the University of Utah studying International Studies and English. In her free time she can be found reading, trying to master the language of french, looking up pictures of grizzly bears, and eating french fries.  
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