On the volleyball floor, BYU junior middle blocker Miki Jauhiainen is a serious, focused athlete.
In the classroom, Jauhiainen exhibits those same characteristics.
The computer science major from Finland was recently named a third team Google Cloud Academic All-American. Jauhiainen, who has a perfect 4.0 grade point average, is one of two men’s volleyball players among the 47 athletes honored on the at-large team and is the first Academic All-American in BYU men’s volleyball program history.
“I thought it was cool to be selected Academic All-American,” Jauhiainen said, “but obviously none of that stuff really matters as much as how we do as a team. I didn’t realize right away this was something that concerns all NCAA sports, not just volleyball, so I guess getting selected makes it a bigger honor than I first thought.”
Jauhiainen has started 48 matches in his career at BYU. Last year he hit .376 and was first on team in total blocks (94). He will return for his senior year in the fall.
Jauhiainen said choosing computer science as a major just made sense.
“Math and logical stuff have always come easy for me,” he said. “When I took my first computer science class, I knew that it was what I wanted to do. It was fun – believe it or not – and challenging at the same time, which made it ideal for me.”
At an early age, Jauhiainen discovered his path for academic success.
“I think it was in 6th or 7th grade when I realized that in order to learn, I actually had to study,” he said. “Ever since I started making an effort, my GPA has been rising, until now that it can’t rise anymore. Also, I think the way most of my tests are set up really suits me.”
Jauhiainen said his most difficult class he has taken at BYU was CS 224, an introduction to computer science. The class summary reads, “The purpose of the class is to understand the levels of transformation from gates through high level languages in the organization of a modern computer.”
“That class is for machines,” Jauhiainen said. “It had to have been curved at least 10 percent for me to get an ‘A’.”
His favorite class?
“American Heritage,” he said. “It had interesting historical material that was mostly new to me. It also had useful economic principles as a class it really pushed me.”
Jauhiainen credits much of his success as a student/athlete to time management.
“I’ve gotten pretty good at estimating how long a specific assignment is going to take, which allows me to reserve enough time to complete it,” he said. “It’s also important to prioritize the right stuff, so that school comes before unnecessary activities.”
Jauhiainen has returned to Finland this summer to recharge for his final season in Provo.
“In addition to working out, my summer plans are just finally spending time with my family and friends after being gone so long,” he said. “In addition, I have one online class to take.”
Jauhiainen plans to graduate in the spring of 2020 with his computer science degree but also has dreams of playing professional volleyball after his BYU career is over.
“I’d love to go play somewhere,” he said. “There are tons of good leagues all over Europe, so honestly any of those would be great. I don’t have anything specific yet because I NCAA rules prohibit talking to teams or signing an agent right now, but playing somewhere like France, Germany, or Italy would be nice.”