President Clark G. Gilbert has issued a personal invitation to every student on campus to attend Power to Become for the first time since its inception in October 2014.
P2B is a semi-annual conference designed to inspire students and the community.
“Power to Become, the internship program, academic tutoring, all of these things we do at BYU-Idaho to compliment your academic experience,” President Gilbert said.
“They’re foundational to what you can take advantage of as a student at BYU-Idaho.”
President Gilbert said he is excited to present at his first P2B Conference. He said it is a very valuable conference for students to attend.
“Sometimes we think of ourselves as a perpetual student, as a professional student,” President Gilbert said.
President Gilbert said P2B gives students the chance to realize they need to start thinking about their future and life after school.
“The Power to Become Conference encourages students, alumni and guests to discover their passion, tell their story and to network effectively,” according to the P2B Web page.
President Gilbert said he hopes students do not come listen to the speakers with the desire to follow that speaker’s career path, but that they will desire to discover the passion the speaker has for his or her career.
“Don’t just show up and go to school,” President Gilbert said. “Don’t just show up and get your degree. Find your passion, learn how to tell your story and network, and learn from people who are good at what they do. That’s what this is all about.”
President Gilbert said that once students discover how to do this, they become successful. He said when he looks at successful BYU-I alumni, he realizes that their passion, happiness and success does not come from luck, but through a process.
“Everyone has to find their own path,” President Gilbert said. ”And this is just a great opportunity to start to do that.”
President Gilbert said that even if one loves their family and treasure the time spent with them, they will still spend a majority of their life working in their chosen career field.
“Why would you not spend that little bit of extra time to figure out, ‘which job do I enjoy?’” President Gilbert said.
President Gilbert said his message is focused around those core fundamentals of the program: find your passion, learn to tell your story and network, but he has an added message: “Failure is okay and keep the Lord involved in your path.”
The conference is an upbeat and engaging learning environment as opposed to a traditional professional career development conference, according to the Web page.
“It’s professional, and yes, you think about you future career, but it’s also just really fun and there’s a lot of great activities and it has a really engaging environment and atmosphere all throughout the program,” President Gilbert said. “In fact, they told me to lighten up and not wear my suit coat the whole time.”
President Gilbert said conferences like P2B are imperative to your experience here at BYU-I.
“I view Power to Become right there with your internship, right there with student-mentored research,” Gilbert said. “If you don’t complement your academic experience with these types of things, you’re missing half of what BYU-Idaho is all about.”
President Gilbert said he would compare opportunities like P2B to the message from the talk, “Your Potential, Your Privilege” by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf during the April 2011 General Priesthood Session of general conference.
In the talk, President Uchtdorf told a story of a man who saved all his money to go on a cruise and packed canned food to eat while on the cruise. It was not until the last few days of the cruise that the man discovered activities and food were included in the price of the ticket and he had missed out on many amazing opportunities.
“So I’d just tell students, ‘Take advantage of it,’” President Gilbert said.
President Gilbert said that by attending P2B, students are investing in their future.
“Put down the video game console, turn off the Netflix re-run, and get out there and do it,” President Gilbert said, “This is what we’re here for as students, and we have our deep purposes at the university around becoming disciple leaders and developing ourselves spiritually.”