President Henry J. Eyring and Sister Kelly Eyring answered questions and concerns from BYU-Idaho students on Thursday, March 8 at 2 p.m. Questions came from students who were present in the John Taylor Chapel or through the live stream.
President Eyring addressed questions about finding resources to fight addictions, such as pornography, and why student associations were discontinued.
President Eyring said the best way to avoid addictions is to look where you want to go. He compared this to skiing. If you look toward trees your skis will start to head the same way.
Concerning activities being shut down, President Eyring explained that the university has an academic focus and is consistently looking to improve that focus.
President Eyring also addressed the acceptance rate at BYU-I. He shared a unique characteristic about how BYU-I accepts those students who usually are rejected by other universities.
“We’re admitting students where … other universities say that you are not college material,” President Eyring said. “Yet our freshman dropout rate is actually lower than many universities.”
President Eyring said the faculty at BYU-Idaho have the opportunity to focus on their students more than most other university professors do.
“We have here the benefit, on campus, of faculty who do not have those research obligations and they get to think entirely of you,” President Eyring said. ”We have met with 96 percent of students that have applied.”
President Eyring referred to President Henry B. Eyring’s prophecy, given in the Sept. 18, 2001, devotional “A Steady, Upward Course,” when talking about student education.
“As a result of your BYU-Idaho education, you can become natural leaders,” President Eyring said. “Someone that they can flock to and want to follow; even though there is no formal grant of leadership.”
The Q&A ended with President Eyring relating the promise of Nephi, ensuring that students will have God’s help when fighting their battles.