About 20 people stare intently at the presentation screen. The screen shows “Verbal” on the left side and a multiple-choice question on the right in big lettering. Everyone is silent as they read and think about the question.
A minute passes.
The screen changes and the room fills slowly with whispers as they discuss the next question and scribble their answers on their paper.
At the last question, Yarezmi Olvera, the activities director, steps to the front of the classroom. “Everybody, breathe. The room was a little tense.”
This is an example of the activities done in one of the newest societies to join campus: the Master of Business Administration society.
The MBA society was created at the beginning of the 2019 Winter Semester by Dallin Hernandez and Levi Cooley, both seniors studying business management. These two worked together with Matthew Maroon as their required faculty advisor to create a place where students of all majors could learn about an MBA.
Maroon said that although he fulfilled the requirement for them, “it’s a student-run society.” His role was to help guide the students and to give them a vision. However, he specifies that the students did most of the work in putting together this new society.
“We were really passionate about wanting to get an MBA,” Hernandez said. “So we thought it would be a really good idea to start the society.” They were inspired by President Henry J. Eyring’s encouragement to pursue further education.
Hernandez said they knew about societies to help students get into other upper-education programs, but not one for an MBA. To fill this need, their society teaches about the Graduate Management Admission Test, and what it requires to get into an MBA program.
The process of creating the society was long: The set up alone took over a semester. The BYU-Idaho’s Academic Societies page describes the process to apply.
If they have a clear plan and complete the minimum requirements, the application goes through multiple departments and councils before being “approved or denied by the University Development Council.”
Society meetings include group competitions and activities, expeditions to places like BYU, and guest speakers from places like Kaplan, BYU and Harvard.
One of their main goals as a society is to be as engaging as possible. “We want people to make good friendships here,” Hernandez said.
Alongside the social aspect, they invite other majors to attend and learn skills such as networking, resume writing, interviewing and even the confidence to get into the programs they set a goal towards.
“When you think MBA, you think business,” Maroon said, “MBAs are not just for business majors.”