I-Connections, a new social dating activity for BYU-Idaho, will take place on Saturday, May 19 from 3-5 p.m.
Cassy Wingo, a sophomore studying theater and speech education, developed I-Connections last semester with Student Activities and worked with them to create this date program.
“I wanted people to get more outside their box and just have fun and get to know other people in a dating atmosphere,” Wingo said.
To participate in the coming event, students can log onto the BYU-I website and click on the Social Activities link. A $2 fee is required before I-Connections authorizes the student to take an online compatibility test.
This quizzes students on specific compatibility criteria that helps I-Connections decide who among the participants makes a good match. Students are then notified whom they are most compatible with and are invited to attend the May 19 event.
“We’ve set an on-campus date where there will be lots of materials for them to make their own kite, fly it, and then have ice cream after,” said Wingo.
Wingo’s idea to create I-Connections came about last semester.
“One Friday night my roommates and I were sitting around, not doing anything, and they were complaining about not having a date,” said Wingo. “I was on the BYU-I website and I saw a banner go by that said, ‘Submit an idea to Social Activities’, and I thought, okay, I have an idea!”
Euleza Hymas, activities advisor for Student Activities, and student leaders in Student Activities worked with Wingo to plan the event for the spring semester.
Together they coordinated I-Connections to take place at the beginning of this semester so that if students liked their date they would have the rest of the semester to get to know each other further.
Some students that signed for I-Connections are looking forward to the opportunity it will provide.
“I decided to participate because frankly I don’t get out enough and I’d really like to meet new people,” said James Taylor, a sophomore studying psychology. “I expect to just be able to go have fun, be myself, and feel like there’s nothing attached to it.”