Ephraim Olson graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in English (having spent time pursuing both mathematics and biochemistry majors). Ephraim served a French-speaking mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Montreal, Canada, where he came to love the people and culture of French Canada. Ephraim grew up on a bison ranch in southwestern Canada, where he spent his summers driving tractors and caring for the bison herd. Ephraim is an avid reader, spending much of his leisure time reading (mostly Victorian or high adventure literature). Ephraim also enjoys writing, especially persuasive writing. One of the reasons Ephraim enjoys law school so much is that he believes law is one of the crowning applications of rhetoric in the modern world. Ephraim also enjoys spending time outdoors—canoeing, hiking and rock climbing—and enjoys traveling, having spent time in Thailand, Egypt, Argentina, Chile, Austria, Switzerland, China, Sweden, Russia, Scotland, Germany, Japan, and Kenya.