Think that BYU-Idaho is only about attending classes, going to church-based activities and finding your eternal companion? Think again. The university has dedicated money and resources to help its students to become well-rounded, educated individuals. Unfortunately, the word does not always get out about many of these programs.
1) Language Labs: Have you ever wanted to master your dream language? The BYU-I Language Labs put that dream into practice. Every day, hundreds of students enter the various language labs to take those steps towards fluency with tutors who will train you in your language of choice.
The language labs are located in the Joseph Fielding Smith Building, Monday – Friday from 5-7 p.m. Currently, BYU-I only offers courses for five languages, resulting in five language labs. These include Spanish, French, German, Mandarin and Russian.
2) Fitness and Wellness Center: The Fitness and Wellness Centers are popular among the student body, but the associated programs are not as well-known. Trainers, events, workshops and programs are available within the centers, located in the John W. Hart Building. The centers are designed to help you reach your physical goals.
The Fitness Center provides a gym for all students and provides personal trainers for students and faculty. Trainers can help you lose weight, gain muscle mass or work to help your strength and endurance. Free fitness classes are offered throughout the day and include biking, weight lifting, ab workouts, cardio and more.
3) Career Services Center: The Career Services Center is an underrated, yet incredibly useful resource. Services include resume and cover letter building, job and internship opportunities and job interview mastery. The center also provides workshops on career-related topics such as “How to Make the Most out of Your Internship” or “How to Network to get Your Dream Job.”
Guidance with job interviews and networking towards your career is invaluable knowledge.
4) David O. McKay Library: The McKay Library holds a huge database for students and faculty alike. Available programs offer E-book databases, research article databases, movies and family history resources. Links to programs such as Mángo and Pronunciator also help you learn new languages if you so desire.
5) Faculty Mentors: Sometimes we forget that our professors are not there just to teach out of a textbook. These people have experienced life, been students and found jobs in their field.
Professors can provide invaluable tips and experience on how to get into your dream job and what avenues to take to get there. They will help you create an idea of what you want and give you feedback concerning your strong points. They are full of experience and knowledge that will help you to find career opportunities.
It’s helpful to know that attending college isn’t just about gaining an education; it’s also about amplifying your skills and making a lasting impression on the world we live in.